Monday, 20 October 2008
Learning how to govern
Rushmoor Councillors had a workshop on governance - local leadership and how best to develop and deliver it.
The leadership of the Council were absent!
I am sure they had very good reasons.
This was not lost on the majority of members present, although it has to be recognised our Mayor was there - but as most of you know - he does not run the Council - he is our resident figurehead of State.
Lots of ideas were discussed and we can all feel good about this - I sadly dispair, however, that the powers absent will do very little to let go and push power out towards the people where I think some of the power needs to go. I would love to think I am wrong - and that we will do it before we are forced by legislation - we shall see.
For the benefit of the public and my entertainment I will try an identify the players at these meetings as follows, and breifly explain my reason:
So for this meeting we have:
The Good - have to be those that attended and especially those that made some good contributions and avoided political sniping.
The Bad - those that just could not be bothered to come along.
The Ugly - Mike Robert's (Labour Heron Wood). Not for his political sniping, or the fact he makes a comment on every topic - even I appreciate we did not get elected to keep quiet - but Mike does abuse it. No, he gets this nomination for the same awful jumper he insists on wearing to every meeting. This Christmas I must remember to de-jumper him and clean it or buy him a new one.