I found an interesting report on a survey published by the Government in 2002 called 'Public Attitudes to Directly Elected Mayors. (see
It followed on from Part II of The Local Government Act 2000 and 1100 people were surveyed in ten local authority areas.
75% said that who should be 'leading councillor' should be made through an election in which everyone can vote. Only 21% said it should be left to Councillors.
Almost 8 out of 10 agreed that a directly elected MAYOR might be some-one who could speak up for the whole area.
On average, almost two thirds (61.6%) of respondents would NEVER, or only sometimes trust the Councillors of their city or town council to come to the best view on a major proposal affecting their area.
I wonder what the figures might be if a similar survey was carried out in Thanet today?
I am told that a petition gaining only 5% of the electorate would be enough to trigger a Referendum and get the process started to get a Mayor for Thanet. Cllr Ezekiel could perhaps save us all the bother by going instead and disappearing into the blue yonder for a life on the ocean wave.