New policy an attack on democracy
In response to “Alarm over council plans” ( 06/ 02), I too think the proposed new social media policy is a direct attack on our democracy and I question the need for it.
In the unlikely event that any councillor decided to “go rogue”, they are already adequately covered by the Local Government ( Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007, which in part states councillors “must avoid damage to the reputation of the local government”. However, the new local policy has added a requirement which states councillors “must not reflect adversely on a decision of the council”.
The words “reflect adversely” are vague and open to differing interpretations.
It will be interesting to see how each of our 10 councillors votes on this proposed new policy at this month’s council meeting.