People need to be held to account
Sir – While agreeing with some of the sentiment in Mr Holroyd’s letter in the Standard last week, there are a couple of points I would like to address.
Accountability – people need to be held to account for their actions.
They need to know they have done wrong to learn. If not, we will continue to blunder from one catastrophe to the next, whether it be managers, councillors, workers or companies.
So yes, heads need to roll for the mess this council is in, true accountability.
It is true that we have lost a good number of skilled and knowledgeable workers and managers.
With these people gone, they have been replaced but by people of less skills and knowledge – some don’t even know what their role is.
So it’s not just the council that is losing, but the people of Dumfries and Galloway. So yes, things are only going to get worse and like Northamptonshire and Torbay councils, it wouldn’t surprise me if this council followed suit and went bust.
It’s just about on its knees now with services already gone but not published, vital equipment not available and staff being stopped from ordering supplies as the budgets are already spent for this year.
Yes, the political tide is turning, but in which direction?
The Tory party is the party of the rich who are good at slogans and rhetoric but rarely carry anything out to help the poorer people of our society (this is from personal experience).
The SNP are, in my opinion, nothing more than flag-waving tartan Tories who have one goal – to break up the United Kingdom – but at the same time have put taxes up in Scotland.
(I voted yes to independence but have since changed my mind due to Sturgeon’s stance on other issues).
The Liberal Democrats? Well, enough said on them.
As for the Labour Party – their leader shouts about poverty and helping the poor while sitting in a million pound house in London. He would gladly turn the clock back to the 1970s with strikes and food shortages, and lead us into communism where everyone is equal – but some are more equal than others.
So who can you vote for? Whichever way it is we lose unless we have a groundswell and a new political party emerges soon, but that’s unlikely either.
So basically were all doomed.
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Call for accountability The council HQ in Dumfries