I like to keep my readers informed of developments at Powys County Council - and today there was a big one. The Powys Independent Alliance has decided to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. This new coalition has decided to call itself the Powys Administration. I do not intend to use this name myself, because it does not accurately describe what it is. I shall call it the Powys Independents/Liberal Democrat Coalition. Seems to me that the words Liberal Democrat have been deleted from the name in an effort to disguise what it is - and perhaps avoid losing those councillors who would rather be in bed with a rattlesnake than in bed with the Liberal Democrats.
Neither is it an 'administration'. It cannot be such while the Council's Executive Management Board is made up of five groups, including the 'Shires' Independents, Conservatives and Labour. I really cannot see any sense or logic in this new position. This new Coalition has a majority in the Council Chamber, and on the Executive Management Board. They have the numbers to do what they want. But what they don't want is responsibility for the decisions that they take. They want responsibility to be shared with three other groups who have no actual power to do anything. This looks very odd indeed.
Cannot help but wonder if this was at the insistence of the Liberal Democrats, who do not want to take responsibility for unpopular decisions. Interesting that the information given to Carl Yapp at the BBC refers to the possibility of changing the structure of the Council to a Cabinet system - at some future date. Several Councillors have telephoned me tonight to tell me that it will be in the summer - conveniently after the General Election!! If I were a member of the Powys Independents I would resign immediately, and join another group, or go genuinely 'independent'. No matter how you cut it, the reality is that any councillor who stays in this new group is in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Hmmmm. Lets wait and see what happens. So happens that personally, I agree with a change to a Cabinet system - but the situation created today is bizarre and probably unsustainable.