Comment 33946

By Tammany (anonymous) | Posted September 21, 2009 at 13:38:34

Mary, in my view the only reason to "proscribe" political interference is the fact that councillors in this city so rarely have the public interest at heart when they seek to intervene in staff decision making. In a truly functional democracy, I wouldn't want important decisions left to the discretion of unelected mandarins (who in most cases attain to their position through personal connection rather than professional merit). If I felt that our council truly represented the interests of the city and its residents, I would want them scrutinizing as many proposals as possible. Unfortunately I don't feel that way ... but we're still left in a conundrum, because I don't believe that the bureaucracy has the public interest at heart either.

Truly, there must be nothing more depressing than municipal politics ...

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