Note to pres­i­dent: you can­not fool me

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

I would like to re­spond to the Capel Shire pres­i­dent’s let­ter, “Meet­ing just con­tin­ued”, (South Western Times, 23/1) and I will start with a quote from the 16th pres­i­dent of the US, Abra­ham Lin­coln: “You can fool all the peo­ple some of the time, and some of the peo­ple all the time, but you can­not fool all the peo­ple all the time”.

From my notes at the spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing on Jan­uary 8 at the Capel coun­cil cham­bers, Cr Michael South­well said the at the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing: “Thank you for your pa­tience and in­dul­gence. There’s been a mo­tion to ad­journ the meet­ing in­def­i­nitely and that has been car­ried that the meet­ing has been ad­journed, so I now an­nounce the meet­ing closed.”

Note the word I recorded: “in­def­i­nitely”.

There­fore, to say that the meet­ing from Jan­uary 8 is just a con­tin­u­a­tion of the pre­vi­ous week’s meet­ing gets him off the hook. One week later, the pres­i­dent calls an­other spe­cial meet­ing, again for the same is­sue, that be­ing a re­view of the chief ex­ec­u­tive’s per­for­mance, which was lost 4-5.

Let me re­mind Cr South­well that he is the only one call­ing for a re­view of the Capel chief ex­ec­u­tive’s per­for­mance, his mo­tions backed by Cr Kieran Noo­nan.

Be­cause Cr South­well can­not get his way, like a kid who has been bowled out in a back­fol­low­ing yard game of cricket, he takes the bat and ball home, even if it’s not his.

The only per­son caus­ing any con­fu­sion within the Capel Shire Coun­cil is Cr South­well, by call­ing un­war­ranted spe­cial meet­ings which cost the coun­cil and the ratepay­ers.

Fi­nally, maybe Cr South­well would be bet­ter off stick­ing to jour­nal­ism in­stead of want­ing to be a politi­cian, where there are no awards for ex­cel­lence. Brian Hastie, Stratham

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