Day: 20/06/2014

Thin skins in local government

martin terry

What a difference a few weeks make, eh?

Prior to the local elections this May, Southend Independent Party Group leader Martin Terry was one of the loudest voices shouting about the lack of scrutiny, and the undemocratic way in which the ruling Tories ran Southend. He wasn’t wrong, exactly, though arguably a little prone to hyperbole.

One would expect, then, Martin to be encouraging alternative points of view now that he sits at the cabinet table. He would surely welcome honest, forthright and democractic scrutiny of himself, as a part of a healthy local government.

Except, the new portfolio holder for Public Protection, Waste and Transport seems to have developed a rather thin skin of late.

Read on…