Given the problems with the whole idea of elected Mayors, I’m not surprised to see the “No” campaigns taking shape in cities across the country.
Take Newcastle for example.
They are of course of one of ten cities – including ourselves here in Nottingham – who have been told by the Government to hold a referendum on an elected Mayor on 3rd May.
It’s interesting to see that a number of the concerns in Nottingham about this whole elected Mayors issue are echoed by the “No” campaign in Newcastle.
It’s summed up quite nicely on their website where they say:
“We don’t think that an elected mayor is the best approach for Newcastle – it concentrates too much power in the hands of one person, it costs a lot more to pay for a mayor with all the trappings and for extra elections – and there’s just no evidence that it works better.”
Their website’s here: www.nonewcastlemayor.org.uk
Why not take a look?
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