This letter from Andy Wait was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 24 March 2016.
Having been active in the debate about whether B&NES should have a Mayor or not, I was amazed that, as part of his budget, George Osbourne has decided that we should have a Mayor for the old Avon area!
Now there won't be a referendum, because they might lose that, instead each of the four unitary authorities will have to consider a devolution deal with an Avon Mayor as a compulsory part of the package. No Avon Mayor, no extra cash! So, we are being bribed to have a mayor we don't want in order to get extra money from Westminster. This is not my idea of how a country should be run!
Doesn't the Conservative Government talk to local Conservatives before making these announcements? I was pleased to work alongside local Conservatives all of whom were against a B&NES mayor. It looks as though they now may have to take a U-turn and support the Avon Mayor. The alternative is to have another split in this party alongside the Euro Referendum with Boris on one side and David on the other. One wonders how they are managing to run the country, or is it the case that a party divided against itself always fails?
Deputy Chair - Keynsham and Saltford Lib Dems
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