Dear Mr Lavery and Mr Masters,
I am appalled to hear of the decision of the Cabinet of Cornwall Council to persist with plans for a sweeping privatisation of Council Services. This is a flagrantly un-democratic decision, which shows contempt for all those councillors who voted by 46 votes to 29 against such a decision. Since they are our elected representatives, it does not, by extension, display much respect for Cornish Council Tax payers like myself either. Nor does it show much care for Council staff who have served us well for years and who will be adversely affected by the proposed changes.
When such sweeping changes are in the wind one would expect the Council to try to negotiate the broadest possible consensus in favour of change, and yet here we have a powerful vote against the proposed changes and a Cabinet of just ten men decide to simply ignore it. This seems to me the behaviour of a Government quango or new town development corporation, not an elected body which would have us believe it is a nascent National Assembly.
If the mass of the Cornish People, through their representatives, disagree with the Government inspired attitude that private enterprise is the only way forward, and social and civic enterprise is moribund, that is just too bad for the Conservative elements in the Council. May I remind you that the Council answers to those who elected its decision makers, The Cornish People and not the politicians in London. If what Westminster wants runs against the Peoples' will, it is our Council Leaders' job to resist it, regardless of party loyalties; otherwise they lose all meaningful legitimacy. I urge you to reconsider this decision and respect the views of your fellow councillors.
Edward H Curry. (This is an open letter as a matter of common concern)