Coun­cil­lor on the ball

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

I ap­plaud Mr Mag­ill ( South Waikato News June 3). He un­der­stands demo­cratic process and acts. He knew his peo­ple needed in­for­ma­tion. He called them to­gether and al­lowed ro­bust de­bate. A list of op­tions came from it. He in­formed in­ter­ested par­ties (eg coun­cil) of those op­tions. This is pro­fes­sional, ap­pro­pri­ate and a key role as a coun­cil­lor.

Neil Sin­clair calls this a ‘‘threat’’ and ‘‘in­sult­ing’’. No Neil, it’s democ­racy in ac­tion and it’s great! Neil hasn’t seen it for a while be­cause it is not the way he leads.

I’m also pleased to hear of other strong and demo­cratic coun­cil­lors now in our cham­bers. I send them strength and courage to hold their ground – con­trollers learn peo­ple’s weak spots and have no in­tegrity about us­ing them to get their way.

Watch as they try to push Mag­ill out be­cause he hasn’t com­plied. This is a de­struc­tive pat­tern of our coun­cil and we have lost many great minds be­cause of it.

They have be­gun by rais­ing the un­re­lated topic of his num­ber of days in the cham­ber, at­tempt­ing to set him apart from the group.

‘‘School­boy . . . stuff’’ is right. Mr Mag­ill is likely to have good rea­son for not at­tend­ing, but it does not mat­ter be­cause in this case he has proven in one move that qual­ity of at­ten­dance is bet­ter than quan­tity.

Tracey Dean, Toko­roa

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