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Comments on "Devon health scrutiny chair under fire from council investigation"

1. At 04:14 pm on 31th Aug Sandra Semple wrote:

You can bet that had it not been a Tory as chair the outcome would have been VASTLY different.

2. At 05:22 pm on 31th Aug Gillian Anne Newcombe wrote:

Thankyou Councillor for attempting to get the opinions of the majority of people in Devon across to the Scruitany Committee. What a shame that they do not feel it is their responsibility to represent us.

3. At 06:40 pm on 31th Aug Tina Benson wrote:

I fail to understand their analysis. I hope, in the interests of natural justice, that the committee might decide of its own volition to revisit the decision and refer the matter. Please use your best endeavours to privately persuade all committee members to clean up their act & do the right thing to ensure that the “perception” is answered.The committee are unlikely to have any support from the public if they behave contrary to the wishes of the people it’s to serve. Sara Randall Johnson should step down as clearly she has her own agenda.

4. At 09:58 am on 01th Sep Sandra Semple wrote:

Alas, Tina, the chair and Tory members of this committee care not one jot about voters opinions, otherwise they would not have voted as they did.  The only way to change this is for people who vote Tory to vote for the person likely to come second to them in any future elections - however painful that might be.  They are only there because people enough people voted them there.

5. At 10:41 am on 01th Sep Sandra Barrett wrote:

This is a fair report but councillors need to be reminded of responsibility and respect the advocacy of all its members representing constituents as this was not evident in this recent health scrutiny issue. We expect more from a body of people who manage our council, DCC. Thank you Claire for bringing this issue to the attention of all DCC constituents.

6. At 06:48 pm on 01th Sep Chris Wakefield wrote:

Chief exec’s report is probably about right - she followed the rules but not the spirit of local government. SRJ is probably too self-obsessed to recognise her failures and will doubtless take the judgement as an endorsement of her approach, which it absolutely is not. It is quite appalling that people with such limited abilities can attain positions of such importance. This has happened in a great many cases in the last thirty years and frequently in local government, where old school priorities, tiresome though they may have seemed in the dim and distant, did set a standard based on traditional values of respect, co-operation between parties, and finding the common (and local) ground. The zealotry of modern Toryism, its devotion to ideology, its prioritising of the national message over local practicalities, is utterly unsuited to the very raison d’etre of local government. As Sandra Semple says - the only way to restore genuine local government is to make sure the Tories have their grip prised off the tiller.

And just let me add in concluding - I’m not against all Tory local councillors. There is still a seam of old school Tories too - who think differently about their local responsibilities, and actually do try to represent the interests of their constituents. It may be a bit paternalistic in tone, but it is not the groveling adherence to the Party Line that we now so often see in local Toryism, and which Mrs SRJ has so ably exemplified in her studied rejection of local feeling about the NHS.

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