DAVIS AND THE BOARD
Geoffrey Alderman professes to be frightened by Mick Davis’s presentation to the Board of Deputies ( JC, July 29). He need not be. Mick Davis is one of a small group of people who care that the community should deliver such services as social care, education and political lobbying in an effective manner.
Many well-meaning groups engage in these areas but co-ordinating them is vital. Much of this co-ordination did not happen before my predecessor as President of the Board worked with other communal leaders to establish the JLC. These efforts have never involved carrying out the Board’s core representative mandate nor interfering with it.
Some JLC initiatives are inappropriate for the Board but others such as the Fair Play Campaign Group to fight antiIsraeli boycotts are joint projects.Others such as the Schools Strategy Implementation Group are partnerships.
People like Mick Davis help to keep the Board running by contributing directly and indirectly to our work. Ironically, our new grass-roots Israel Advocacy position prominently featured in last week’s JC has benefited from such support.
When Mick Davis addressed the Board, there were strong comments from some deputies --who speak for themselves, not necessarily for the Board — some of which verged on the absurd. One such was the question about where the power lies.
In carrying out projects on behalf of the community can we not abandon turf wars and recriminations about who takes credit and concentrate instead on getting the job done? Vivian Wineman President, Board of Deputies, Bloomsbury square, London WC1