It’s that man again…

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

I al­ways look for­ward to the hu­mour in Tony John­son’s reg­u­lar con­tri­bu­tion al­though it did take a while for me to get tuned into his style of hu­mour.

In last week’s col­umn, it was a shame he did not talk about the hour-long dis­cus­sion on

21st Cen­tury Coun­cil where the par­tic­i­pa­tion in­cluded the Trade Union, Of­fi­cers from the CEO down­wards and Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­bers re­sult­ing in a healthy de­bate.

I be­lieve this was the first time the Trade Unions were asked to par­tic­i­pate in such a dis­cus­sion.

How­ever I would like to clar­ify one of his early pieces of text re­gard­ing the Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee held in June. It is a mi­nor point but he clearly mis­un­der­stood that the two agenda items he men­tions (Lo­cal Plan Up­date & Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber Up­date) were ac­tu­ally rolled into one agenda item.

The ra­tio­nale for this was very sim­ply that the “Lines of Ques­tion” pub­lished in the agenda had ef­fec­tively been cov­ered by the Lo­cal Plan Up­date so there was no need for the Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber up­date.

Com­mit­tee meet­ings are prob­a­bly some of the most dry (and po­ten­tially bor­ing) events you are ever likely to at­tend so a dose of hu­mour does lighten the mood in the meet­ing. Tony, be­ing a master at the tongue-in-cheek com­ments, should un­der­stand that ap­proach.

How­ever, the rest of his article has a solid foun­da­tion.

It is very im­por­tant that non­politi­cians, which does not in­clude po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists, in­crease their

par­tic­i­pa­tion in such meet­ings and ques­tions are a cor­ner­stone to that par­tic­i­pa­tion. Any­thing that can be done to im­prove that ac­cess is welcome.

I look for­ward to wel­com­ing Tony to the next meet­ing of my Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee and hope he will stay after­wards to have a chat about what he has just seen.

In the mean­time I will look for­ward to more chuck­ling on his fu­ture ar­ti­cles. Cllr Keith Baker Chair­man Overview & Scru­tiny Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee

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