Press release (16/10/13) Democracy, what democracy?
Having sat through the Southend Council scrutiny committee meeting dealing with the issues arising from the council’s proposed sea defence project at Shoebury Common, one with is perfectly clear, the council officers and some councillors simply don’t get the point.
So what’s the point? Simple; regardless of the technical issues of the project, the people don’t want it. They, the council collective, are always bashing on about “democracy”, however, when faced with an issue where almost every resident opposes them, what do they do? They ignore the people and acting like a jumped up dictatorship, they are rushing the plan through at “metaphorically speaking, GUN POINT.
This is not democracy and the council should stop claiming to democratically represent the people and start being honest by admittimg to being a dictatorial tyranny. At least then we, the people, will know where we stand.
We commend councillors Woodley and Terry for proposing that the whole issue be referred to a cross party working party for closer examination. The scrutiny committee and Council leader Cllr Holdcroft, who made it clear that he and his cabinet would do as they pleased regardless, rejected the proposed working party.
Could the looming local elections in May explain their haste? Morally this decision should be delayed to allow the people affected to express their opinions at the ballot box.
The SKIPP Committee