Sir Malcolm Thornton with Sir Jon Murphy and LJMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill
Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA delivered a Roscoe Lecture examining the gap between elected politicians, and other public office holders, and the public they are there to serve. He talked from his experience of over 50 years in public life, and related this to current events including the Referendum, the American Presidency and the General Election, examining the political landscapes that have led to a huge gap between the public and politicians.
Sir Malcolm, who started his career as a River Mersey Pilot, combining this with 14 years in local government, before entering Parliament in 1979 where he served for 18 years, posed the questions - Why has it happened? Why has this been allowed to happen?
He expressed the opinion that local governments should still be valued, but reform is needed to allow for a better balance and accountability.
“Whatever elected politicians, and other public office holders, may think, a huge gap has grown between them and the public they are there to serve. Over 50 years in public life have convinced me that this disconnect cannot, must not, be allowed to continue and that there are ways to address it."