The Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, an English Democrat, has announced the appointment of five cabinet members. There will be three Conservative councillors and two independent councillors.
Davies was elected on a bold programme to cut Council Tax and banish political correctness. He will need help in order to deliver it. His election was unexpected and he so he will now have to move fast to push through detailed changes and overcome the resistance he is bound to encounter from officers.
An indication of the opposition he will face comes from a hostile BBC interview for Radio Sheffield. The interviewer even managed to attack him for cutting his Mayoral salary on the grounds that would diminish "respect" for the office. The BBC Sheffield interviewer also abushed him by making an (entirely false) claim that cutting translation services would be illegal, Not only would it be legal but it would be in line with Government policy.