So as has been fairly widely known the Labour group in RCT have appointed Cabinet Member for Frontline Services Andrew Morgan as their new leader and therefore leader of RCT County Borough Council. The appointment will be rubber stamped at the Council AGM on Wednesday 28th May.
Wales Online reports that the Labour Councillor for Mountain Ash West says he will display "strong leadership" and ensure that "that frontline services are protected" in what he describes as a challenging" time.
Challenging indeed. One of the first tasks of the new Cabinet will be to deal with the aftermath of the high court ruling against them over their proposed nursery education cuts. A judge ruled on 23rd May that the Council had acted unlawfully when taking the decision to cut education for three year olds from full to part time.
Cllr Morgan is quoted as saying that
"Where tough decisions are necessary, I will seek to ensure that we communicate the rational and need for these tough choices clearly and honestly and will ensure we do our best to bring our communities with us through the decision making process."
One can only hope he will as that has certainly not happened in the past. Andrew Morgan in line with the rest of the Cabinet voted through this unlawful decision. He, like the rest, sat on his hands and said nothing. Not a single question was raised - at least in public where it is claimed these decisions are taken - about the information they were given or the knock on effects.
It would be nice to think that there would be a change of direction from this Labour administration, that they would indeed take some of their manifesto promises a bit more seriously - not that there are many left that they have not already broken. However, given that the new leader has been a part of this administration for some time and has never so much as raised an objection about anything that has been done then it does not give much hope.