Just like my post regarding the wasters getting paid to do nothing as Scottish MP's at Westminster we also have the same thing happening here in Scotland with regard to our local councillors.
The new proportional system brought in at the last local elections has created a system where local councillors, who are not solely responsible for their own area anymore, are hiding in the system, working full time, or both and getting paid £15,500 per year plus expenses for the privilege. Over half the councillors in Renfrewshire council work full time and are getting paid the same full time rate as the councillors who are "working" full time as councillors.
The old first past the post system was not perfect but at least you knew who your councillor was and could judge them on what they were doing for your area. Just who is policing this farce!
One example of this situation is Labours Eadie Devine, this man works full time for Scottish Gas, doesn't turn up to anything in his area, and yet gets paid the full time wage for being a councillor. He wants the plaudits for not claiming any expenses yet why should he when he is already getting paid full-time to do nothing.
Another example is SNPs Jim Mitchell who, because he is unable to talk, has been unable to do the job of councillor for years. He can't phone anyone, other councillors had to do his surgeries, can't speak at meetings and takes the clerical staff away from helping other councillors because they have to spend so much time on him. The laugh is Jim and some of his colleagues back-stabbed two of the best and most popular, hard-working councillors, Bill Martin and Richard Vassie, out of his party all because the street where he lived was moved into their ward and he wanted to make sure that he got selected for that area because of that. Why should this man be getting paid to do a job he can not do? One of the councillors quite happy to hide in the system with the backing of his party!
These are just two of the examples of councillors who are getting away with government-backed defrauding of the council-tax payers. Why are councillors getting away with full-time wages when they are not even doing part-time work. Why are the councillors who are supposed to be "working" full time not being monitored like every other normal employee, having to keep a diary of what they are doing which is checked regularly? At the moment these people are getting paid to do nothing and they are getting away with it because as usual no one is monitoring what they are up to!