Monday, February 07, 2005
Should Leicester have an elected mayor?
As the council consulted on the idea and rejected it Vaz need to raise five percent of the electorate in favour - over 10,000 people. At a cost of £200,000.
Vaz says: "A directly elected mayor will advance Leicester's economy, tourism and welfare.
"I call on the people of Leicester to revive interest and enthusiasm for local democracy and join my campaign to vote for a leader that can be visibly accountable to them."
There are criticisms also included in the article, but not here, cos we're all about the Vaz baby.
Best bit: Mr Vaz has set up an e-mail address to enable people to comment.
What? What? Dost mine eyes deceive me? Be still my beating heart, an email address! Where? Oh, here, at the bottom of the article! Hurray! Btinternet?
Yes folks, btinternet is how seriously Mr Vaz is taking this. firstname.lastname@example.org. At least we have an indication that Vaz and his office actually know what the internet (or at least email) is and that it can be a helpful tool for communicating with people. It also shows he is down with the kids and capable of the horrifying crime of substituting words for numbers.
But this is too good an opportunity for fun to miss. I am mentally drafting an email to this btinternet as I type. Maybe it is time for this stalker to come out of the proxy blogger closet.
An apology is due for how late I was jumping on this bandwagon. If I compile all the relevant articles will you forgive me?
5 Feb - Take the chance to have your say online - week long poll
5 Feb - 10,000 names needed to spark a referendum
4 Feb - Elected mayor vital - letter
3 Feb - 'They voted for a monkey not a politician' - letter?
3 Feb - 10 steps to the top: the lowdown on how - short summary of process and powers
2 Feb - Backing for debate over elected mayor
28 Jan - Do we want an elected mayor? It's time to ask
28 Jan - Let debate begin
28 Jan - How the leadership idea might work
If ever there was a time to use the comments feature... it is now. Are you with me?