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What Council does Cllr Richard Kemp not run?

Posted by davidburbage on July 12, 2009

In my LGA “First” magazine, the LGA Libdem group leader Richard Kemp writes somewhat curiously

“To be clear councillors do not run councils, administer or control them”

Well, that may be his perception from Liverpool, but if it isn’t councillors who run councils (note that a council consists of councillors) then who does??

He regurgitates the Labour CLG jargon of “place shaping” (find me a resident that is running a campaign for their “place to be shaped”), says that Parliament is a Ruritanian monstrosity and says that poor councils have councillors that “play politics and love politicking“.

He writes “We need to share that vision and ensure that the political mandate that we have derived from the electorate is converted to changed priorities both within our council and support agencies (community leadership)“.

Does he mean that if you have a manifesto you should implement it?

Finally, this curiousity “[councillors] know how to argue but stay on the same side“.

Why is the LGA featuring an article that someone from what is reported to be the worst council in England in telling us all how to do it?

“In recent months Mr Bradley’s [LibDem] administration has been beset by problems, become mired in scandal, weighed down by financial deficits and condemned as the worst performing council in England by the Audit Commission. “

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2 Responses to “What Council does Cllr Richard Kemp not run?”

  1. […] Posted by davidburbage on June 20, 2010 A few weeks ago I posted the irony that Richard Kemp, LGA LibDem bigwig but out of favour with his own team at LibDem Liverpool, was telling the rest of the councillor population how to run their affairs despite coming from the worst performing authority in the country. […]

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