Despite an earlier proposal to the Standards Board being turned down, having sought to change the Constitution that would have kept councillors in their seats rather than on their feet when speaking, Tory Mayor, Mary Foryszewski, asked councillors to, “Please be seated.”
So instead of muffled speech, as they moved away from their microphone, they could sit and actually be heard clearly by Jo public. Go, Mary, go! You sock it to ‘em Mary – and make your own commonsense rules because nobody else will!
When the Standards Board met Cllr Michael This-Just-Isn’t-Goodenough, (Con Wonersh) claimed it was disrespectful to the Mayor to remain seated and long-held council protocols and traditions should be upheld.
Trouble is, Councillor Not-Goodenough is a bit like Speaker Bercow in that he sways with the wind – not the wind of change, you understand, but the winds of what suits him as he postures and pontificates of days of old – when councillors weren’t so bold! On this occasion, he wasn’t swayed by the argument put forward by others that the webcast chopped members’ heads off, and they could not be head succinctly by the public.
Heard? Who wants to be heard? If you’re actually heard saying something you might be held to account and God forbid that ever happens at ‘Your Waverley’!
Other Good news too on the openness and transparency front:
Electronic voting – so everyone can see how your councillor voted. Plus a table showing the votes… and questions from the public will be allowed at The Executive and Full Council meetings. And… wait for it… wait for it… the public may even get answers!
Here’s an example. Green Yes – Red No- and Yellow ABSTAINED.