Tuesday, July 10, 2007

VIPB (Very Important Person's Blog)

The Mayor at Corporation Road Primary School

There's a new star in the local blogosphere this evening with the launch of the Mayor of Darlington's blog.

Strictly speaking, Cllr. Marian Swift's webpage isn't a blog in the accepted sense of the word, but she will be updating it regularly to give residents an idea of the work she and Mayoress Jenny Swift (her daughter) undertake around the Borough on a daily basis.

Overseen by staff in the Town Hall, the blog will stay strictly neutral on the subject of September's referendum on whether or not we should abandon our 140 year old ceremonial mayoralty. It will however, I'm sure provide a useful reference point for residents wanting to understand the strenuous duties undertaken by this Mayor, and her predecessors down the years.

Check it out for yourself. I've also provided a link on the right (in the 'Non-Aligned' section as Darlington ceremonial Mayor is of course non-political). Do scroll down the page when you get there - for some reason the DBC website pushes down text whenever there is an accompanying photograph.


Ian White, townliar.com said...

Thats not a blob its just a photo album of the "nice" things shes done, wheres the add comments bit?
September isnt far away!

Anonymous said...

Which one is the mayor? I think the one with the helmet on!!!

Dave Davies said...

Councillor Swift said the political independence of the mayor was an advantage of the system.

Her comments in the echo on May 31st show how this is not the case
New mayor believes an elected mayor would be "terrible" for the town.
Councillor Swift said: "This system is beneficial to the public, as often these long-standing councillors relate better to the local community." This, after the fiascos of Hurworth School, Tesco and the Pedestrian Heart to name but a few. I do not think that councilor Swift or her colleagues would know how to relate to the local communities anymore, for so long they have done as they choose and ignored Darlington residents.

She then goes on to insult all those that care enough about the town to campaign against the councils ‘do as your told’ attitude towards us lesser mortals, by claiming "There are a lot of single-issue groups out there who will probably disappear into the woodwork when those issues have been resolved."

If Councillor Swift cannot carry out her role with the political independence that she claims is a plus, should she not pass on the role to someone who can.

Darlington Councillor said...

You're re-running the same tired rhetoric from the local elections, Dave. I find it a bit odd that you think Marian doesn't relate to her local community in Pierremont when she successfully held her seat in May - against you!

The three Tory Pierremont candidates made no secret of your contempt for the current system and your hankering for a single person to rule the town - yet you took just one seat in what was one of your key target wards in the town. No prizes for working out who is most in tune with local people, in Pierremont at least...

Marian answered the reporter's questions in May honestly. Her website however will not become embroiled in the debate over abolishing our 140 year old ceremonial Mayorality, but simply indicate what role she fulfills in the town, including the countless visits to communities and organisations around the Borough. With the best will, some people only have a hazy idea about what the ceremonial Mayor does, and the website will help explain.

It will be for others to debate the rights and wrongs of the elected Mayor issue.

Ian White, townliar.com said...

Could the council camera man please re-set the date?