The opinion of the East End Enquirer that the only sensible option to choose in the governance referendum today is Option 2. If Tower Hamlets is to have any chance of a decent future residents need to turn their backs on the catastrophic Executive Mayor system once and for all.
Vote Option 2 – Leader and Cabinet
The question that will shape the future of Tower Hamlets is simple. Do you want to continue with the current system of a directly elected Mayor or a change to a more common system where elected councillors chose a leader.
How would you like Tower Hamlets Borough Council to be run?
- By a mayor who is elected by voters. This is how the council is run now.
- By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This would be a change from how the council is run now.
You can find out more details on the council Tower Hamlets governance model referendum page.
Will this suddenly mean democracy returning to our borough? No. But it removes the possibility of one man or woman having too much power which is a pretty good first step.
So please vote for the second option on your ballot paper today, change the way the council is run by rejecting the Executive Mayor model, vote for a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors.
Meanwhile on the Isle of Dogs…
Today is not all about how the whole of Tower Hamlets is run, the other vote is on the issue of the Isle of Dogs neighbourhood planning referendum.
The question is only for Isle of Dogs residents to answer and is simple.
‘Do you want the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to use the neighbourhood plan for the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
Oh and there is that London Mayoral thing too. Whatever.
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