Archive for May 17th, 2007

Making sense

May 17, 2007

I spoke again at Mayor and Cabinet yesterday. This time I had five full minutes available but used only about one minute and I think it was a good idea. I take Barry Quirk’s nodding in apparent agreement as an indication that I was making sense.

Mayor Bullock rejected my request and that’s another strong indication that I was making sense.

I think that I start to master this skill of speaking at Mayor and Cabinet. This time, strong of the experience of the last time I spoke there I didn’t give them any rope to get back at me, I also kept my argument confined to one point, avoided expanding it to water it down or offer multiple choices so that the main point can be ignored by picking on the periphery. Result? They ignored it all.

To counter my request the Mayor was offered by an officer a very nice string of factual inaccuracies that he kindly accepted without the slightest blink.

It then came the time of the round of opinion from the distinguished members of the Cabinet.
As I was listening to them I was thinking that if I had had the courage to put up such arguments as theirs I would have been eaten up alive, but there you go, that’s the privilege of being a member of the Bullock cabinet. They all avoided speaking of the subject matter but kept rigorously by the shallow end of the talk about pools.
“I spoke with three women at the pool and they were all excited about having a new gym” said one of them.

Can you imagine if I had said to the Mayor “I spoke with three chaps in the changing rooms and they all told me that they’d rather have this one refurbished if all you’re prepared to build is that blot”?

What I did say instead was that as he was committing to spend £20k on a consultation to ask people if they wanted the pool at Ladywell or Loampit Vale it would be opportune to have a study to determine the pros and cons of the possible choices to allow the public to make an informed decision.

That was rejected, he instead agreed with officers to commit to one of the options from now despite consulting with the public on the options.

He also rejected all of the points submitted by the Area Forum but one. On the last one he said that he needs more time to think. Take your time, don’t get a headache Steve.