The resignation of the entire cabinet of Rotherham council following a damning report into the sexual abuse of girls in the south Yorkshire town is a rare example of enforced democratic accountability in modern local government. For too long, town hall leaders have been shielded from proper public scrutiny by the structures of governance created under Labour, in which council chiefs grandly preside over "cabinets" that are heavily reliant on powerful and highly paid full-time officers.

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