Lib Dem councillor asks blog readers: "Who should I put in charge of Walsall?"
Who should run Walsall Council?
We've had the election, but it's not too late to have your say. Just head over to the blog of Lib Dem group leader Ian Shires and tell him what you think.
The Tories currently have 28 seats on the council and Labour have 26. There's one independent.
This means the Lib Dems, with their five members, hold the balance of power. But what to do with it? Coun Shires is asking for ideas.
"There are a number of options. In no particular order they are:
- A minority Tory administration
- A minority Labour administration
- A coalition of Labour and Lib Dems
- A coalition of Tories and Lib Dems
- A coalition of all three Parties, Labour Tory and Lib Dem
- A coalition of Tories and Labour
As leader of the Lib Dem group I'd be really interested to know the views of the people of the borough of Walsall. What do you think would be best for our town?"
I guess he's covered all the bases.
It's certainly a novel way of deciding who runs the council. If you are a Walsall resident (because I think those are the people he really wants to hear from), you could have your say at http://ianshires.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/05/09/options-what-do-you-think-is-best-for-walsall.
But at the risk of sounding like the stereotypical cynical journalist (which is what I am), I suspect the real decision will still be made in a smoke-filled room somewhere, far away from prying eyes.