Friday, 4 September 2009

the parable of the mote and the beam?

A little vignette from yesterdays cabinet meeting of Sefton Council.

Firstly by way of background I should let you know that our Tory leader sees herself as a no nonsense commander of her troops. She doesn't like people doing things she disapproves of and feels free to say so. A few weeks ago she was up at a council meeting demanding to know which of our councillors had failed to attend a particular visit or meeting.

At the time I thought it was a bit rich coming from her as of the various Tories who have been designated (and paid) to shadow me in my cabinet role some have had very poor attendance records. But I kept my counsel thinking that such attacks would rebound.

And so it came to pass yesterday. Paul Cummins was presenting the report of a working party. The names of those involved were listed. Paul, Cliff and Sylvia Mainey. One Labour two Lib Dems. The Tory had no questions on the substance of the report but wanted to know whether there was a Tory on the working party. Paul was all politeness.
'Yes one had been appointed but not attended.'
' Was it just one meeting'
(well if she had read the report -it was on support for those who are socially disadvantaged-she would have known that there had been half a dozen meeting)
'We will speak afterwards so you can give me his name'

I daren't look round as the man behind me was humming the death march

Now the problem is some folk feel that the Tory leader is more influenced by whether she likes someone rather than basing her judgement on the worth of their contribution.

It would be best if she 'chilled out' a bit and took Mr Bennett's advice from Pride and Prejudice and recognised:

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?"