Have Your Say: Time to end dual roles
I WRITE to add to the letter from K Hiller (Have Your Say, Oct 18) making the point that some AMs have two elected paid positions at the same time, ie AM and councillor, exhibited by Peter Black locally and other AMs at the Assembly.
Mr Hiller should be pleased to know that the petitions committee has seized of this particular dual role and is asking numerous bodies for their views on making this dual use of elected positions in Wales unlawful and counter to democracy. The default position enshrined in other written constitutions is that one paid elected position can only be sustained by one individual at any one time under that constitution.
Mr Hiller is right to suggest that increasing the possibility of more AMs in the Assembly (mooted say up to 80 or perhaps 100) who could then adopt this same doppelganger approach is an unedifying possibility at the next Assembly elections and not likely to motivate the hard pressed electorate to engage in the political process.
At a time when some people have not got one job to bring home the bacon, the sight of £53,000-plus paid AMs creaming the taxpayer for paid councillor positions in their respective local authorities is a position in Wales that the current Welsh Government can and should do something about, Wales demands and expects!