I ought to be a dictator, jokes leader
THE LEADER of Kirklees Council says he “will have to become a dictator” to deliver the scale of change and investment envisaged for the borough.
Having returned from a factfinding trade mission to China, Coun Shabir Pandor spoke with optimism and enthusiasm about new investment and the prospect of a replacement hospital for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
But there was laughter when Tory Richard Smith asked if the Labour politician would follow the example of China, which, he observed, has enjoyed social and economic achievements since it ditched its commitment to Communist and socialist principles.
Coun Pandor responded with a quip: “For the kind of ambitions we have in this council, and to deliver them, I will have to become a dictator.”