It’s that man again…
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