Day: 05/01/2015

Councils and Committees: Where is the real work done?


southend civic centre
I read an interesting blog at the tail end of last year. John Barber, a local blogger on subjects ranging from local politics to religion, responded to a letter by Del Thomas, one time Conservative candidate for Victoria ward, decrying the absence of some councillors from chamber at the last Southend Borough Council meeting.

(So this is a blog, responding to a blog, responding to a letter in the paper? -Ed)

John points to councillors who sit in the chamber without saying anything. It’s an interesting point, and a quick glance over the list of councillors shows me a host of names that I cannot put a face to, let alone a voice.

Read on…