"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday, 19 March 2012

Not so...Not so

"...lost any authority to direct his Council..." You know what, the Mayor's job has no authority to direct council. The Mayor is one person in the total council.


According to the Municipal Act, the Mayor's job  is "to provide leadership and guidance to Council."

This Mayor came handicapped .  "Leadership and guidance"  bespeaks experience.

He had no experience of  town  affairs.. He had no experience of being a Councillor.We all knew that. It now seems, he doesn't think he needed either.

He needs them  more than he realises.

Assuming re-election, the previous Mayor made a comfy nest for herself.. Prior to the election the  group  of six authorised transfer of authority from Council to  administration.

Staff recommended. It was stated the items were strictly administrative.

Which begged the question of why authority had always rested with Council.

The incoming Mayor, knowing no better, has apparently found the nest quite to his liking. He and the CAO have taken upon themselves to deal with town business without knowledge of or direction from council.

It has had the effect of separating the Mayor from Council.

Providing leadership and guidance to a group of politicians may not be as simple as first appears.

It requires the Mayor to be one of us.

There must be an element of trust and confidence. It doesn't happen naturally.

Politics is a competitive business.If it's a game, it's not an easy game.

Divine Providence plays no role.

I have a blanket philosophy guided to some extent by laziness. I trust everyone until they give me a reason not to. Then  quite simply, I withhold trust.

Among politicians trust is not a commodity. There is a particular intricacy.

The right and obligation to make independent judgment and vote accordingly cannot and should not be set aside, bought, sold or transferred for favours granted. 

First lesson is why, to prevent misunderstanding and feelings of betrayal,it is absolutely necessary to state one's position clearly and succinctly. Let no-one be caught off-guard.

There is no room in the fish bowl for jiggery-pokery. Water is clear.There is no place to hide.

This Council will continue to work together. Other issues will  demand and displace attention.

In the next election, some will judge on overall performance.

Others will remember the point at which confidence was lost.

New candidates will be on hand to jog people's memories.

There is no question the Mayor has suffered a set-back. He has time to recover. Everything now depends on whether anything has been learned. People will watch for signs.

Denying it happened won't make it go away.

In politics, nothing ever goes away.

Right now,only three Councillors are smiling; Gaertner, Gallo and Ballard.


Anonymous said...

"authority to direct" does not equal "provide leadership and guidance"

What other candidates running for Mayor had the experience? Oh My God... NIGEL!!!!!

He was right all along.

Anonymous said...

That trio should not allow their smiles to become too secure. Gallo and Gaertner only survived because we had to use our votes on Mormac and the 2 physical bullies and didn't have enough to finish the job. And Ballard slipped in as a new name near the top of the alphabet. Now we know him for what he is and his connections are obvious.
The important element will lie in voter determination and it should be noted that the forces brought in to threaten Council are not Aurora taxpayers and voters. They could be brought in again to campaign but would not have the vote.
If Ballard uses shock tactics too often they will lose their edge and become as boring as the man himself.

Anonymous said...

My read is that the Mayor is not interested in re-election.

Anonymous said...

Why do you have that impression, 9:29?

Anonymous said...

No matter how much things change, the more they stay the same. Look at the previous council and at this same elapsed time there was critical prowse written by our host.

THe only real person for the Mayor's chair is our host. I'd like to see her back in it - for about a week - and see how well she does. You can't go back to Kansas Dorothy.