Friday, 26 July 2013

Council tax referendums opposed by Greens

I have blogged before about the crazy antics of Brighton and Hove Green Party, which is in nominal control of the gay capital (and drug death capital) of the UK. Thanks to Autonomous Mind for the link to this site -

"The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has ruled out the prospect of holding a referendum on any proposed council tax increase. Councillor Jason Kitcat....said that he was concerned about the impact of the council tax on what he described as the working poor. The government is again putting pressure on local authorities to freeze council tax with those setting an increase above a certain threshold forced to hold a referendum. But Councillor Kitcat said: 'The referendum rule is mad. It’s not really workable and would cost about £300,000 to run.'....Last year Brighton and Hove led the campaign to be allowed to put up council tax. The council agreed an increase marginally below the threshold that required a referendum to be held."

Take a break, Kitcat. If you were so concerned about the "working poor" you wouldn't be looking for another major hike in council tax. You know they won't like it and that's why you're trying to undermine their new-found democratic right to a referendum on the subject. And this from a party which used to bang on about "participatory democracy" - the devolving of decision-making powers down to local people. But it was just humbug - the roots of the green movement are in early twentieth century Germany, where youth groups would go on mountain hikes to get away from the Jews and to eat vegetarian food. And nutters like these don't have much time for democracy.....

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