Looking after our money
Do our politicians set themselves high enough moral standards?
Just a question – if you were asking an elected politician to scrutinise budgets, approve or disapprove expenditure, pay for services, help set the levels of taxation that you or I have to pay, challenge overspending colleagues who might run up unacceptable debts etc. – don’t you think that the same politician ought to have reasonably high standards of competency in financial matters? Would it be fair to say that a person who has a propensity to spend, not pay their bills, and run up large debts in a venture of their own is not really setting the high standards that we require from a person who is elected to steward our money?
If , for sake of argument, you elected me as your councillor, and it was found that I didn’t have the nous to run even a corner shop without creditors chasing me through the courts to recover money that I owed them, would you trust me with your money? Would you tell me to resign? Would you accuse me of lacking moral authority?
I’d welcome your thoughts here in South Shields as I toss up between reading the finer detail of the coalition budget or watching the football.