Thursday, 3 January 2013
Independent Thanet Councillor calls for Coalition
Independent Councillor Ian Driver declared that “it’s time to call an end to Thanet Council’s culture of yah-boo playground politics and start doing government for grown-ups”.
His statement follows a Thanet Council meeting in December 2012 when a series of controversial votes were tied 28-28 and important decisions made on the casting ballot of Council Chairman.
Said Driver “it’s becoming clear that no single party can control Thanet Council and that stable governance is less and less likely. This is the last thing the people of Thanet need – a divided and feuding Council – at a time when the budget and services are under attack, at a time when we need to be regenerating the local economy and creating new jobs, and at a time when we have a major social housing crisis to deal with in Thanet.”
I publicly call on the leaders of the 2 major parties to meet with the Independent Group of Councillors to talk about establishing a coalition cabinet at Thanet which will run the Council in the interests of local people rather than for party political advantage. I also challenge the Leaders of the big parties to relax the party whip system and let councillors vote on the basis of their own views and opinions rather than rigid party lines which often oppose the public interest”.
“They say the New Year is a time to change and do things differently well here’s a unique opportunity for Thanet’s politicians to push party lines and dogma to one side and try to work together in coalition for the common good of local people”