Carlisle MP wants to make it easier to hold referendum on elected mayors
Last updated at 13:48, Thursday, 10 January 2013
An MP is calling for changes to be made to make it easier to hold a referendum on whether or not to introduce elected mayors.
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It is unlikely a character of adequate qualities will choose to surface. The traditional Carlisle families and businesses, which could have produced a 21st century Mayor, are long gone.My great fear is the candidate gaining the most votes could be a million miles from having those "adequate qualities". If there is a vote there MUST be a box so one can indicate that none of the candidates gain approval. Horrific if the Mayor elected was simply the best of the "bunch".
We don't need an elected mayor. You might end up with with either a mascot monkey as in Hartlepool or, even worse, Boris Johnson
Irrespective of your views on an elected mayor, what is the purpose of reducing the requirement for a referendum ?This open the city up to running an expensive ballot, when very few people actually care. So what is the point ? with a low requirement there would be a low turnout and the cost.... hardly a good use of public money in the current climate.A single person with sweeping powers..... really??? I can't say that gives me any confidence, although I do agree with the sentiments of the other posters, we need change, I'm just not convinced one person with such power is the right way to go - Remember Tony Blair, he wanted war and that what the country still has....