Bloated egos

Guardian Express - - GUARDIAN OPINION - RON WIL­LIS, Mt Law­ley

SCANT ap­pre­ci­a­tion has been ac­corded to the tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended Lord Mayor of Perth for her dis­pens­ing with the hol­low grandeur of of­fice.

Lisa Scaf­fidi has given short shrift to the red robes and re­garded as "bling" even the chain of of­fice.

Only for token re­spect of cer­e­mo­nial tra­di­tion has she worn the chain at the monthly full meet­ings of the City of Perth coun­cil.

There's a dan­ger, how­ever, that any break from our tra­di­tional ap­proach to se­lect­ing a Lord Mayor might bring bloated egos re­flected in flam­boy­ant parad­ing that also masks naivety and ig­no­rance.

Only ratepay­ers' votes should be­stow civic lead­er­ship.

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