Thursday, February 5, 2009

Letter - Councillor's Allowances

Here's my letter published in the East Kent Gazette on 4 February 2009. The background is the vote by Swale's Councillors (24 to 7) to increase their allowances despite a suggestion by the Lib Dems that this would send out the wrong message during hard times.

'At a time when public trust of politicians is at an all-time low it is noteworthy that Swale’s Conservative and Labour Councillors didn’t miss the opportunity to increase their allowances. Had they agreed to the Lib Dems’ suggestion to retain existing allowances, they would have set a fine example and restored some public respect – but sadly, like their big brothers in Westminster, they are only too quick to take the cash.'

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