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I just want to break this issue in to two seperate ones if I may?
1) Councillors being able to use / distribute webcast footage.
2) Anybody selectively picking bits from the above footage to demonstrate their own points.
In response to number 1, I’m genuinely peeved. I think WCBC is missing such a trick. Supposedly the council want more non-politico’s getting involved with the council and proceedings. Let’s face it, many of us probably wouldn’t even know what’s going on without the fantastic work of Rob and Daryl (with the occasional guest star!) aka the Wrexham.com team. Why do they do such a good job engaging us? 2 reasons… 1 is the quality of the reporting ( Rob, if you see this.. you can pay me by BACS or paypal… I’m modern like that!) and 2 is the fact that it’s an online interactive platform that’s easy to use and gives people like you and me a chance to comment freely. The concept isn’t new. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Myspace, Beebo and so many more websites were created on the same premise. They allow easy access.
As for people distributing footage… I see no problem in that and it annoys me that WCBC block councillors from Tweeting, distributing video and the like… and it also annoys me that the council took away evening meetings. If I feel strongly enough to go to the guildhall about an issue, I used to be able to go freely during the evening and say my piece and lobby where required. Not that it was a common thing, but it was an option given to us. It also meant that councillors could be more diverse than the vast majority of pensioners ( nothing against pensioners what so ever, but I fully believe you need a diverse range of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds on a council to make it effective).
In short… free up the ability to use social media as an elected representitive & WCBC shouldn’t want to hide their footage. They are public representatives. Let’s show the public how well (or not so) they do the damn job.
Second point… selectively representing the meetings.
Without looking at the footage… surely selectively representing information is something we all do, all the time, all day long. Editing or perspective – you decide. However… this is where the consumers of that information need to be sophisticated enough to check the sources. However… if your writing a book… telling a story… remembering an event.. you’re going to do it from an edited point of view. Don’t get me wrong… do I like Carrie’s views – not always… but I can’t knock her ability to send out videos.
The caveat to this is whereby the edit is very easily mis-interpreted. Slightly crude, however if anyone has a adult sensibility and wants a really easily understandable view of this in action, listen to Tim Minchin’s song Cont (or Context!).
A signature is essentially an automatic ending for all posts on a forum. You could think of it like “Kind regards, Damian” at the end of my emails. It’s automatically popped on the end of whatever you say – unfortunately it doesn’t show as anything different to differentiate – but rest assured…. Councillor X’s post was just to ask the identity of the leading councillors.
What would be your idea of adequate AMA?
I don’t know how many specials there are so unable to make a proper judgement.
To take this even further, if dual political roles are an issue, is it not also the case that local politicians should be dissuaded from serving both as both County Councillors and Parish Councillors, and in one instance, a police commissioner? Do such dual roles in local politics create conflicts in their duties and responsibilities? Are they able to devote adequate time to both roles? Does the acceptance of dual roles in local politics lead to ‘career politicians’ within local government? I do not know the answer but it would be interesting to read the opinion of others!
Interesting point – there’s loads of examples of dual role holders. Including many current AM’s who are current Councillors. Though must admit, many of these were wiped out in 2016 WG elections.
Personally, don’t see a MASSIVE issue in a Cllr wanting to stand for Parliament or WG. Providing if they win, they call a by-election in the original role. There’s actually a petition for this (I’m sure there are many to be honest… http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=005381)
I believe you’re right to suggest that there is a conflict of interest in dual-holding roles. (One of the reason I argued for a Cllr not standing in both Community and County elections simultaneously – I believe they should be present as a witness to observe and engage, but not vote!)
Regarding Career Politicians – I don’t really know what I think of the idea, I understand that many people think it’s a negative thing – however if a Politician is good at their job, then what’s the harm in them standing for a long period of time. Just look at the late Gerald Kaufman as a prime example. 30+ years in parliament! Unsure of his other political history though!
Appreciate your comments Interested.
Personally can’t see the point in putting myself up for the role and doing it halfheartedly.
Positive feedback thus far I’d like to think! People glad that I take the issues on and then will provide an update within a week or 2. HOWEVER… it’s difficult to gauge at this point so I don’t want to get overconfident! If I was a betting man, I’d probably put a couple quid on an Each Way bet on myself.
Quite agree with you regarding candidates going on the offensive. I could be accused of that in 2015, must thank Cllr Arfon Jones – he’s pulled me up on a few things in the past and I’m not afraid to admit I bit like a fish! I’ve got my collaborative cap on these days :)
Will be shocked if Dana is not returned in May if I’m honest.
Whilst I’m not a fan of the Labour Party (as a party) I do admire people at every level of politics who 1) get stuck in and 2) engage.
Think she is spot on for both categories.
My favorite bit was him saying he’d move back to the area as soon as he’s elected. Reminds me of the UKIP candidate in 2015 who only stake to the county he was standing for (i think it was Liverpool (?)) was that he rented a pigeon shed.
I’ve missed that one Marvin – who’s suggested that??
I dealt with schools so much about 5 years ago – trying to get young people engaged and interested in politics. Sad really that the feedback I got from many schools pretty much equated to them not wanting to show a bias or preference.
I remember my own political education in High School (05-10) was during the run up to the 2010 election and we spoke about what each parties manifesto’s were roughly suggesting during 1 x 50 minute class. – Sad really!
Thank the lord I dropped out of Pure Maths A Levels during college, ended up wanting to switch to Psychology, ended up speaking to Neil Roberts who was the main politics tutor at the time and he convinced me that politics was a much better suit to myself. Now that man was an engaging personality, the entire class knew his bias to the left, but he taught and discussed topics neutrally – often ‘chairing’ debates about many of the largest political topics between the students. Fantastic way to spend an education!
Interested – Nope. Local politics is pretty much my extent. I like the potential in Welsh Politics though – that being said I’m neither the ‘right’ age, demographic, experience or temperament. I’m far too open to make a career out of politics sadly :)
Wrexview – couldn’t agree more. Alas, more needs to be done to make it more ‘relevant’ (perception at least… obviously it’s very relevant).
Slouth – can’t knock your point about pretty much perpetual low turnout.
Not a problem Matt. I don’t think any 1 person has the answer to this and the only way we are going to get there is by all banding ideas together. I find it shameful when their are candidates (or Councillors) for that matter that don’t engage. What is the point… :)
It may not be the be-all, end-all answer, but I think it’s something that should be given a decent amount of consideration. For example is this something we can roll out from Wrexham, servicing surrounding counties. Answers I don’t know – however it may be an option.
Quite agree with your comments about accelerator programs. It’s something I’m very much in favor of and will continue to support.
One of the biggest things I think the Council can do (apart from campaign for lower NDR’s (set by Welsh Gov sadly)) is to be a bit more flexible with commercial leasing options for start ups. I’ve mentioned many times that even if it’s cost price, filling up commercial property is preferable to it being left empty. It attracts more footfall and promotes employment within the county. Then when demand increases, things get renegotiated.
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