I think the Referendum which is to take place on the third of July as to whether or not Bury is run by an elected Mayor is now beginning to attract the interest of Bury residents. This I suspect is mainly because the polling cards have been delivered and people are wondering why. The principal argument of the group who want an elected Mayor is that such a politician would be able to stop the congestion charge ( the travel to work tax as I prefer to call it ). This of course is nonsense. An elected Mayor would simply have one vote at the meeting of Leaders of Greater Manchester Authorities just like the Leader of Bury Council has. In view of the fact that the Conservative controlled Bury Council is pledged to oppose the new tax I can not understand what the pro-elected mayor group are concerned about. What I do know is that no one has ever suggested to me that the answer to Bury’s problems is yet another politician!