Mayor must be held to account
I rejoice that someone has at last exposed the publicity generated by the elected mayor in our local media.
The letter from Bernard Fox ("I'm bracing myself for some bad news", Mercury Mailbox, October 3) was right to question the huge amount of publicity given by the Mercury and Radio Leicester to the proposals issued by Sir Peter Soulsby since he was elected.
The Mercury seems to bend over backwards to promote everything this politician does or says as being good for the city, without questioning who pays for these ideas?
On the other hand, BBC Radio Leicester has managed to put this politician on air more times, both before and since his election, than any other politician in the radio station's history. I would challenge anyone to disprove this statement.
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So how does all of this publicity help the taxpayers of Leicester?
I'd like to know the true cost of salary and expenses (allowances) of Sir Peter and his cabinet.
Radio Leicester said it would find out but, alas, we are still waiting.
One of the new mayor's supporters pointed out the number of potholes that have been filled.
I responded by inviting him to drive from Aylestone to Narborough Road South on Braunstone Lane East, along what is supposed to be a vehicle highway, and see for himself the quality that the first 100 potholes were dealt with.
It is apparently very easy for certain politicians to spend other people's money on schemes where there has been no public approval.
Surely the district auditor (if there still is one) should look at some of these undemocratic policies?
Jack Brooks, Leicester.
Ian Lambert ("Who sets policy?" Mercury Mailbox, October 1) and David Seddon ("All about mayor", Mercury Mailbox, October 2) squeak in futile rage about the work and achievements of our mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby.
What they do not realise is that, for the first time in many years, we have a leader who really does want to lead the city from the front. His determination and leadership can arguably be compared with that of Churchill.
Messrs Lambert and Seddon are, of course, entitled to their opinions. If both are so determined, they are free to stand for the office of mayor come the next elections – if they dare.
John Burrows, Humberstone.
I noticed a factual error in your article of September 28 about care homes ("A must-have helping hand if you are thinking about care").
It said: "If you are not satisfied with the response that you get, then you can complain to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or social services, or a relative or advocate could do this for you. If you are funding your own care, you can also raise your concerns with the Local Government Ombudsman."
This is not quite right, and is likely to mislead your readers.
The Local Government Ombudsman handles all complaints about social care – the Care Quality Commission does not accept complaints. The paragraph should have said something like:
"If you are not satisfied with the response that you get, then you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman. The LGO can look into your complaint, whether your care is arranged and funded by the council or by you."
The CQC is the regulator of care provision and carries out inspections of care homes.
It would help your readers if you could publish a correction, as this will direct them to the correct steps to take if they have a complaint about their adult social care.
Rob Rundle, Information Assistant, Local Government Ombudsman.
So here we are then, the aristocracy finally rule again, and the toffs from the playing fields of Eton are showing no mercy.
Ethics and altruism out of the window. Shatter the NHS, desecrate the greenbelt. Never mind the not-so-well-off, fill the coffers of the rich.
But don't let us complain against these yahoos. After all, we're only plebs.
Gordon Newton, Leicester.