As a deputy who attended the Board meeting addressed by Mick Davis — and speaking only personally and not on behalf of the Board — I must confess myself dismayed by the letter from Vivian Wineman ( JC, August 5).
Is Mr Davis really one of only a “small group of people” who care about effective delivery of services? I would suggest that there are many such people and organisations trying, and indeed succeeding against great odds, financial and political, to achieve that end.
I would also take issue with Mr Wineman’s assertion that the Jewish Leadership Council’s efforts have never interfered with the Board’s core representative mandate.
To my mind, every time they join the Board in an interview with a government representative, they are doing just that.
It is too much to expect of HMG Ministers that, when faced with different people, they should understand that some at the meeting represent an elected body with clear policies on the subjects they are discussing, while others represent nobody but themselves, except in their involvement with other Jewish organisations.
Indeed, it proved impossible for them even to convince Mr Cameron to change his mind about continuing to be one of the patrons of a major fundraising organisation for Israel, surely one of Mr Davis’s own areas of expertise.
I confess to being one of those deputies who raised the “absurd” question as to where the power lies and wonder why Mr Wineman feels it appropriate to express himself to me, and the great number of deputies who agreed with me at the meeting, in such patronising terms. Irene Mansfield firstname.lastname@example.org