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On Saturday, the electorate of j Ammanford will be called upon to elect their representative on the County Council. There is no need to deal individually with the merits of the *1 candidates, but this we can say-large masses of the ratepayers have failed to real ise the importance of the County Authority, and have hitherto remained indifferent as to who represents them. As an administrative body the County Council affects the lives of the people in fact more than Parliament. If there was more criticism of its proceedings, there would naturally arise a livelier interest in its policy. For instance, we may refer to the attitude of the Edu- cation Authority and the lackadaisical manner in which they have hitherto dealt with the treatment of children's eyes. It is only now we find cause for criticism in that direction. It must be realised that local and county govern- ment is capable of contributing more important results than it has previously yielded, and the general body of the public must determine to raise the standard of representation. For what has been done in the past the fault must be put upon the ratepayers. Very few attempts have been made in the past to exercise oversight of Local Authorities. The tendency of legis- lation has been to increase the power and authority of the County Council, without setting up adequate safeguards that those new powers shall be efficiently exercised.

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