'Election day cannot come soon enough'

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It is said that all political careers end in failure, but it seemed at times this week like the whole political edifice at the Blue Kremlin was crumbling.

First up we have the resignation of the Tory group political leader, Fiona Ferguson, from the cabinet, over the use of "lie detector tests" to check whether people are telling the truth about council tax.

The question about how much these dubious methods are costing will have to be answered another time, but I for one am not keen on being assumed a liar and a cheat in all but name.

Next up is the "scaremongering" about what will have to be cut unless the council's plan to make the very poorest people in Cornwall, not the richest, pay more council tax.

Now we are told that tourism cash, care, access to democracy and many other noble things will have to end.

It amazes me that I have not heard "will someone not think of the children" as part of the obvious attempt to manufacture our and the councillors' consent to push ahead with unwanted plans that have already been democratically rejected.

All we can hope for is that the election arrives before the rudderless ship, riven by party infighting and manufactured rows between two parties - whose coaltiion caused most of the problems - hits the rocks hard.

For one who has been pointing out the huge wastes of cash and mammoth-sized egos living high on the hog for years, I have only two words guaranteed to strike fear into their hearts...

Election day!

 

Read more about the cacophony of cock-ups at Cornwall Council below:

Tory quits council cabinet over 'lie detector' test for benefit claimaints

Taxpayers face 1.97% council tax rise, amid warnings of more pain to come

Allowance hike Cornwall councillors need 'darkest sunglasses' to avoid voters' eyes

Skipper: 'Remember the Poll Tax, Cornwall councillors should'

For a video of the changes to housing benefit due to take place this April, see below:

Changes to Cornwall Council housing benefit explained - VIDEO

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5:34pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

This years elections will certainly be interesting. I would however be interested to know how many new candidates are proposing to stand and who they are. I do wonder if too much emphasis is being made on having new candidates as opposed to the governance review and changing the cabinet system for hybrid or committee system. After all, however many new Councillors there may be, some things will not change unless the cabinet system is changed.
This years elections will certainly be interesting. I would however be interested to know how many new candidates are proposing to stand and who they are. I do wonder if too much emphasis is being made on having new candidates as opposed to the governance review and changing the cabinet system for hybrid or committee system. After all, however many new Councillors there may be, some things will not change unless the cabinet system is changed. Gill Zella Martin 09
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