Al­le­giance should be to res­i­dents, not party

Windsor & Eton Express - - Viewpoint -

Royal Bor­ough man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dun­can Sharkey cor­rectly called in a crack team from the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Fi­nance and Ac­coun­tancy (CIPFA) to re­view the coun­cil’s op­er­a­tions when he be­came aware of prob­lems, in­clud­ing the im­proper in­clu­sion of Clewer & Ded­worth Cap­i­tal Schemes in the 2019/20 Bud­get, dan­ger­ously de­pleted re­serves and the risk of ‘bankr uptcy’.

The CIPFA re­port is so damn­ing that even newto-RBWM coun­cil leader Andrew John­son stated that the Bor­ough’s fi­nance record com­prised a ‘cul­tural fail­ure of epic pro­por­tions’.

That cul­ture was led by past Con­ser­va­tive lead­ers but many of the present coun­cil­lors stead­fastly sup­ported that cul­ture and preached the mantra of ‘col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity’.

This sor­did saga re­ally does show the devil in the de­tail of the ‘whip’ and ‘col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity’ ide­ol­ogy op­er­ated whole­sale by the Con­ser­va­tives in the last 11 years.

How can it have been in the in­ter­ests of res­i­dents, busi­nesses, and vul­ner­a­ble groups in RBWM that these coun­cil­lors re­peat­edly voted for Si­mon Dud­ley and the dis­as­trous coun­cil tax pol­icy?

How can you rep­re­sent res­i­dents when your first al­le­giance is to your party?

You do won­der whether a leop­ard can change its spots.

Due to the re­sul­tant lack of funds, the many have suf­fered in­clud­ing vul­ner­a­ble groups, res­i­dents, of­fi­cers, and ser­vice lev­els. You won­der how the coun­cil in­tends to hold those re­spon­si­ble to ac­count for this suf­fer­ing.

Per­haps it is time for those coun­cil­lors to fall on their swords to hon­our res­i­dents and staff they have caused harm to.

Cllr WIS­DOM DA COSTA West Wind­sor Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion coun­cil­lor for Clewer and Ded­worth West

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