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14th Oct 2008, 08:54   | tags:,

hildegard says:

Seems a bit of a rock & a hard place for Stoke, this one. The local politicians don't seem to have covered themselves in glory using either of the systems on offer...

14th Oct 2008, 09:44

No not recently.

Better to have a mayor voted in by the 185000 residents than by the 60 councillors in my mind..

14th Oct 2008, 10:08

seaneeboy says:

What a terribly worded question!

It's close, but I think popular vote is a better system - there's too much opportunity for favours/councillors nixing genuine candidates...

But then again, just look at who's won various popular reality TV contests in the past few years...

14th Oct 2008, 13:11

Mr Eeboy,

The question has been the subject of some discussion. Apparently it has been given the OK by the government department who told the council that they had to put it to the vote because the system wasn't working.

In my mind the vote has to be from the residents rather than them picking a councillor from within. There isn't anyone in the current bunch of councillors who is able to move in to the position of leader in my opinion. With our current political mix voting a leader from the councillors could be dangerous. We have the highest number of BNP councillors in the UK and the word is that they will form alliances with the independents to get a BNP mayor. That said, it is known that Nick Griffin or one of the high ranking BNP members will stand for mayor if it goes to a public vote.

Watch this space

14th Oct 2008, 13:59

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