^ A lot of the problem these days seems to be that it isn't those we get the chance to vote for who make the decisions.
The elected SIC are now little more than a token gesture rubber stamping (or not) what someone else has decided upon based on edicts from Holyrood, and put in front of them, to give local governement a fake greasy veneer of legitimacy.
The choice they're given is to either accept or reject, gone are the days when the elected council brought to the table the agenda of what needed attention, then debated how they were going to proceed and instructed officials to prepare reports on the options they considered worth exploring to find the best solution. Now officials bring to the table what they believe needs attention, along with their choice of proposed solution fed to them from Holyrood, leaving the elected council two choices, either go along with what the officials want "as is", or do nothing.
Debate in public is minimal, and if any debate takes place at all it must do so in these damn 'secret' seminars etc they believe in so strongly.
Regardless of who is voted n, there will be no sense until elected members regain control of the ship by putting officials back in their place and reminding them who is in charge, making debating in public their default setting rather than the other way around, and curtailing as far as is possible the root of most evil, so called 'delgated authority' to officials - a little power is dangerous, and with this lot its gone right to their heads worse than neat whisky on an empty gut.
The officials will of course resist such a move with everything they can lay their hands on, as they have such a cushy number going on right now being able to do what they like with whatever they like whenever they like, but its got to happen elsewise we're just going to keep on keeping on sailing on this modern day Titanic, or is it the Vital Spark......Either way, same difference in the end.
Edited by Ghostrider, 02 November 2017 - 09:03 PM.