Our recent post How to turn a solemn occasion into a farce – Waverley style! The egos have landed? has caused a bit of a stir. Some comments 18 at the last count, and considerably more to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you are so shy – WHY? We won’t tell – promise.
Thing is, someone mentioned that the Tories had turned down an offer from the new administration to select two members to serve on a new and expanded Executive. An Executive that may not be there for that much longer, as not everyone is entirely happy with Cabinet-style government. Here at the WW – we think it stinks and is far less democratic than the committee system.
You can bet your Granny’s pension that the officers would rather have their eyes poked out with a blunt stick than make that change?
Anyway – here’s what Paul Follows Lib Dem Deputy Leader has to say below:
The Leader John Ward is staying schtum possibly because he’s in Farnham people’s doghouse due to the way he has treated the man who founded Farnham Residents’ and who was mainly responsible for its election successes. A man who has been unceremoniously shoved aside. Tell us if we are wrong Cllr Hyman – you have been remarkably quiet when all about you are losing their wigs?
Cllr Paul Follows has burst into print saying he would like to clear up a few misconceptions: Responding to Tory good guy David Else…
If the leader (of any party) nominates someone, they can decline?
However – it’s the group/party leaders that have this conversation. We can’t cherrypick who we would like from the Conservatives (I wish we could). The offer goes to Julia Potts – for your group to have 2 seats on the executive – she declined on behalf of her group.
So is the Potty tail wagging the Tory Dog?
So there we have the answer to our Q. Who were the two Tories who declined? None – because, surprise, surprise The Potty One decided! And, if she who must be obeyed says Nine, None, Niet; Nao; and in Chinese BÙ to you! If it’s not my party then I’m not playing? Wonder if she asked her colleagues?
Tell us Cllr Townsend; Else; Deanus; Seabourne please do? And, if not why not?
Back to Cllr Follows…
Each group leader was responsible for sorting our their committee allocations. I can only speak for the process I used for the Lib Dem group. I proposed some individuals for the executive (for the seats on our ‘side’) – which the group signed off on. People I nominated, by the way, were because they had a specific outside professional capability in that area which made sense rather than anything else. I have this apparently novel approach where I want councillors to be as active and capable as possible in the roles that they hold. This was something that extended back even to when we were picking candidates before the election and I really do think we have an excellent group of 14.
In our meeting anyway, I just opened it up to the floor in our group meeting – I have a lot of new councillors so everything is a bit new in that sense. Following that meeting (and about 400 emails between the group later) we got to something everyone was happy with – based upon what people wanted, the experience they had, hours they could or could not put in etc.
We have group leaders in the Lib Dems (in this case it’s me) but it’s not some autocratic nonsense – its a collaboration or it wouldn’t work. I actually have no idea how the other groups pick their committee seats but I just went for what is natural to me in this position and just asked the group and talked to people.
Hope that makes sense anyway and happy to answer anything further.