Friday, June 15, 2007

They just don't get it ...

The Liberals that is ... they really don't get it.

We're all "supposed" to be in a new political era - having moved away from majoritarian-style governance to a more consensual-style of governance. Moving from first-past-the-post to STV-PR was to have been the electoral mechanism which allowed this long-overdue change.

And so it could be ... but, here in Edinburgh, the Liberals and their SNP partners (with tacit backing from the Tories) are ploughing ahead with a 'winner-takes-all' mentality within a proportional setting.

Early drafts of their "new streamlined committee structure" are, frankly, a bit of a dog's breakfast, with no real thought having been given to the way that any scrutiny is actually going to work; no proper explanation of how proportionality is going to be applied to the crucial Policy and Strategy Committee; and Standing Orders being abandoned briefly for a few months.

To be honest, some of this I could live with, if only it was based on some sort of proper consultation and subsequently thought-through a bit more - but, as mentioned on several earlier occasions, its based on ZERO (yes, absolutely NIL) consultation.

So, serious and major changes being made to the Council's democratic decision-making structures, far too quickly and based on little - if no - evidence.

And all the while, no policy decisions of any significance being debated and decided.

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