Electorate should be given greater powers to vote out failing officials

Professor Alexis Jay, the author of a report which found about 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham over a 16-year period

Professor Alexis Jay, the author of a report which found about 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham over a 16-year period

First published in Letters

THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job.

In the Army you could be dishonourably discharged with no recourse. No further pay, no pension. Surely we can apply these conditions to the officials who were so lacking in the case of the 1,400 victims of sex abuse in Rotherham.

This situation really makes my blood boil. Enough is enough.

David Room, Elmpark View, Heworth, York.

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2:41pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job."
It's a nice idea but misses the point that "those in power" enact the laws and "we" the electorate have no right except to possibly boot them out every 5 years.
Politicians exist to get power for themselves and they would alter the system to make themselves accountable. It's not in their self interest.
"THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job." It's a nice idea but misses the point that "those in power" enact the laws and "we" the electorate have no right except to possibly boot them out every 5 years. Politicians exist to get power for themselves and they would alter the system to make themselves accountable. It's not in their self interest. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 7

10:47am Sun 31 Aug 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
"THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job."
It's a nice idea but misses the point that "those in power" enact the laws and "we" the electorate have no right except to possibly boot them out every 5 years.
Politicians exist to get power for themselves and they would alter the system to make themselves accountable. It's not in their self interest.
Regretably, Pinza you're right. If we had the ability to boot out this present incompetant, discredtied administration we would have done so a long while ago. There are so many reasons they could be called to account for.....
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job." It's a nice idea but misses the point that "those in power" enact the laws and "we" the electorate have no right except to possibly boot them out every 5 years. Politicians exist to get power for themselves and they would alter the system to make themselves accountable. It's not in their self interest.[/p][/quote]Regretably, Pinza you're right. If we had the ability to boot out this present incompetant, discredtied administration we would have done so a long while ago. There are so many reasons they could be called to account for..... AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 5

12:30pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Dave Ruddock says...

It Does seem is some political areas , city's and Government in general have the ability to twist truths , no back bone, cheating, lying, money garbing misfits. This goes all the way up the ladder to the Prime Minister(s) what seem to be self regulating to them selves. The last 3 have been robbed UK, misused its Citizens. Who Controls this lot.
It Does seem is some political areas , city's and Government in general have the ability to twist truths , no back bone, cheating, lying, money garbing misfits. This goes all the way up the ladder to the Prime Minister(s) what seem to be self regulating to them selves. The last 3 have been robbed UK, misused its Citizens. Who Controls this lot. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
"THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job."
It's a nice idea but misses the point that "those in power" enact the laws and "we" the electorate have no right except to possibly boot them out every 5 years.
Politicians exist to get power for themselves and they would alter the system to make themselves accountable. It's not in their self interest.
Regretably, Pinza you're right. If we had the ability to boot out this present incompetant, discredtied administration we would have done so a long while ago. There are so many reasons they could be called to account for.....
And if we do boot them out we have the choice between the Liberals, their political bedfellows, and the Labour party who are simply watered down Tories.
I may buy this new book which sounds interesting
http://www.waterston
es.com/waterstoneswe
b/products/owen+jone
s/the+establishment/
10508731/
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job." It's a nice idea but misses the point that "those in power" enact the laws and "we" the electorate have no right except to possibly boot them out every 5 years. Politicians exist to get power for themselves and they would alter the system to make themselves accountable. It's not in their self interest.[/p][/quote]Regretably, Pinza you're right. If we had the ability to boot out this present incompetant, discredtied administration we would have done so a long while ago. There are so many reasons they could be called to account for.....[/p][/quote]And if we do boot them out we have the choice between the Liberals, their political bedfellows, and the Labour party who are simply watered down Tories. I may buy this new book which sounds interesting http://www.waterston es.com/waterstoneswe b/products/owen+jone s/the+establishment/ 10508731/ Pinza-C55
  • Score: 2
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