Officers are the ones in control
Talking of the need to give Berwick a '˜deep clean', Coun Georgina Hill was quoted as saying: 'I have asked the powers that be...', (Berwick Advertiser, August 9).
But surely, as a county councillor, Coun Hill is herself one of those ‘powers that be’?
Well, no, for a county councillor has no authority whatsoever, and even a group of councillors has no decision-making powers.
All that a county councillor can do is involve him/herself in the making of broad policy, and then only in respect of a limited range of subjects.
The title ‘councillor’ looks and sounds impressive, but a councillor is, in fact, somewhat of a myth.
Local government officers, not councillors, are, as Coun Hill said, ‘the powers that be’.