Body language and approving nods from all councillors gave me some confidence for a positive voting outcome.
The cabinet councillor holding the portfolio for social services was allowed to speak at length for over an hour, taking and appearing to pair many searching questions with only ambiguous answers.
Finally she stated that she was unable to answer any questions as she was still awaiting the results of a survey into care needs (long awaited) from an independent service called Red Quadrant (at what cost?), at the same time implying Hollins View would close today subject to the scrutiny committee meeting vote.
The scrutiny committee consisted of five Conservative and two Labour councillors and one independent.
I left disillusioned, very concerned about the word democracy asking myself two questions: Why was the committee not more balanced and made up of independent scrutineers? Why did we celebrate August 15, 1945, when millions of people sacrificed their lives for the sake of democracy?
I pray for all those that voted on August 7. Jack Spencer Macclesfield and Bollington United Reformed Church
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