I was going to write this blog a few hours ago, but I thought it would be best to take time out and calm down from my disbelief and seething anger at one of the biggest F-yous to democracy I have ever witnessed. The Cabinet of Cornwall Council has undermined democracy by saying it is pressing on with the privatisation of core council services. This is despite the elected body of the council giving a clear and democratic indication it does not support the shared services plans.
The arrogance of totally ignoring the majority of Councillor’s feeling on the strategic partnership plans is staggering. This is highlighted by the fact of the 29 who voted against the motion not to support the strategic partnership, only 18 of those were backbenchers, the rest (11) being in the Cabinet. So in truth, the margin of support to the motion is far greater if you exclude the Cabinet members vote, who were already in favour of the proposals to privatise.
With so many services and more importantly, procurement money (Jim quoted £4.2 billion) being handed over to a private company you would think the Cabinet would respect the council’s view. After all, the council had the same information as the Cabinet had despite the ‘claims’ of new information which was never released.
This total disrespect of the elected view and vote, has I feel put the nail in the coffin in the cabinet system at Cornwall Council. I really cannot see the cabinet system being retained during the Governance Review (that is currently being undertaken) after today’s action by the Cabinet. 123 Councillors have been elected to the council, not ten.
How can anyone have respect for democracy, when the Cabinet disregard the elected majorities view. It is quite unbelievable.
This is far from over…