Mark Greenburgh, the 26-year-old leader of the authority which has been Tory since 1888, wants to change the way local government is run, getting it away from the stultifying committee structure. He has instituted a cabinet style of governance that he hopes will lead to greater involvement of backbench councillors.
The cabinet consists of 10 senior councillors and half a dozen officers and takes a much more active managerial role in the running of the council than the previous chairmen's group.
'We have genuine debates and it's more open as all policies can be challenged by anyone, even if its not their department,' he says.
According to the article, the Bucks Tories, although they would not admit it, are rather enjoying themselves under Labour. The two leading councillors on the committee had just been summoned by John Prescott to be lectured for 50 minutes on how they could implement his plans for integrated transport.
According to a Lib Dem councillor, Susie Pearce, this is more than they got under the Conservatives. 'When it was a Tory government, the councillors used to say 'We'll have a word with the minister, he'll see us right.' But of course the ministers just ignored them,' she said.