This week, Weekly News readers speak out about the Brexit deal with the EU, and a councillor has his say about cutting meetings
May’s deal is no good to anyone
While many people are exhausted by the arguments around Brexit they should be urged not to capitulate to so-called “Brexit Boredom”.
Much of the debate to date has been fuelled not by the national interest, but rather by posturing and power struggles within the Tory party. This political infighting has done nothing to assist the electorate understand the implications of the momentous decision that they made in 2016.
Instead, our much-needed headspace to analyse, and process the complexity of Mrs May’s so-called deal is reduced to an ‘I know best!’ rhetorical stance, reminiscent of the style adopted by Thatcher.
In reality, this latest deal does little for either side of the Brexit divide. We now know, not least from the Electoral Commission, that the original referendum was tainted by lies, dodgy electoral processes and even foreign interference.
It is thus not surprising that this so called latest deal is rightly likely to get voted down next month when it comes to Parliament, on the grounds that it a bad deal for the country. A view that is even shared by Mrs May’s own for Brexit advisor!
While some people may feel that this deeply divisive interlude in our history is finally over, sadly they need to think again.
On examination, May’s deal is nothing more than a prelude to a never-ending Brexit. Our future is on hold until this complex deal is “negotiated”.
Surely the answer has to be another vote. Given we now know the majority of the population want a People’s Vote, then in the name of sanity, and the need for a government that can focus on domestic issues, then this has to be the only way out of this messy quagmire.
Dawn B Judd
The PM is now the plucky underdog
‘Lord Snooty’ Rees Mogg, along with other arch Brexiteers, have unintentionally strengthened support for the Prime Minister. Their ill-executed coup, so far, has placed her in the role of underdog. A status many Britishers usually give support to, even when disagreeing with other aspects of a person’s opinions.
Even though a majority from all sides regard them as a bad deal, they prefer it to a no deal, and just want an end to this fiasco.
No matter the final result, she will take her place in history as the Prime Minister who has had the most ministerial resignations during her time in office.
Fewer meetings is less democratic
I understand the Wyre Council Executive are considering a reduction in the number of full council meetings per year, from eight plus the budget meeting to six plus the budget meeting.
As the Mayor-making meeting and the budget meeting do not facilitate non-executive members asking questions of the leadership and cabinet, this would reduce significantly the opportunity to question the individual cabinet portfolios.
This is a dereliction of democracy, and I would go further and say there is a case to be made for increasing the number of full council meetings. When the report on the proposed reduction of full council meetings comes before members it seems the report will be simply to note and will not allow members to vote on the proposal.
Since I returned from a long spell in hospital it is noticeable that, with a couple of exceptions, the portfolio holders refer questions to officers for a response and this cabinet has become known as the ‘don’t know cabinet’ with a don’t know leadership.
This is just not good enough,
not least because they receive a very generous special responsibility allowance to have a grip on their portfolios, with the leadership receiving substantially more.
Clearly they are now running scared, and I suspect this is the reasoning behind this proposal and I urge all members to reject any reduction proposal.
Leader, Wyre Independents, and Breck Ward councillor