I ought to be a dictator, jokes leader

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

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.”

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