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Divided council?

- August 6th, 2012

If you read our latest story about the infamous Grand Harmony lunch, you’ll have seen this quote from blogger and former city councillor Gina Barber:

“This just goes to show how bitterly divided this council is. I sat on a divided council, we had our differences and words were exchanged, but this is different. The tone is pretty nasty.”

A couple of thoughts come to mind.

First, this council doesn’t seem divided to me. To name the obvious example, they’ve achieved two tax property-tax freezes in a row and are going for a third. That seems to me like a council united enough to get things done. Isn’t that proof it’s an effective council? Unless, of course, you don’t agree with what it’s doing.

Second, am I the only one who wants a divided council? A divided council means councillors can’t agree, which means they have strong differences of opinion. I had always thought a diversity of opinions is an intrinsic good. My greatest fear would be a council that agrees on everything; that sounds like a nightmare scenario to me.

The truth is, the only people who complain about a divided council are the ones whose views aren’t reflected in the decisions made by council.

Maybe what Barber means is this batch of councillors aren’t very polite to one another, but that’s a different issue altogether. Politicians have been bemoaning a lack of civility in politics since just after the Earth cooled and will still doing be doing so when the End Times arrive.

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7 comments

  1. Elaine Murray says:

    You better be very careful Mr. Brown. You too could be censored and sent to the social media gulag for having a different point of view than the London socialist cabal. Don’t think for a minute they won’t abuse their position of power to do what they can to shut you up. If I have saved one church , baseball team, car dealership, library, Budweiser garden, Western Fair district, rib fest event from being censored, targeted and banned in London, I have did my job well.

    I need a pen pal, it is sort of boring being in twitter gulag.

  2. question says:

    Where is @elaine murray? This topic is her bailiwick, but unfortunately I see she’s been booted from Twitter. She should appeal for reinstatement there. As eveyone knows Twitter acts first and asks questions later. In fact doesn’t really ask at all… its up to the individual to protest. Surprisingly, and speaking from experience, it’s pretty easy to get reinstated on Twitter. Just contact them.

    If you’re @elaine murray out there please contact…or at least speak your mind again here.

  3. question says:

    hello dan brown, I just saw a comment from elaine murray, as the piece above refreshed…please feel free to privately pass along my email to her

  4. gary4567 says:

    Good Lord Dan…does Gina ever go away?

    Indexed pension, lottery winnings and made her role redundant in the last council.

    I am sure she has increased her chatter with her LFP lapdogs which means she may be gearing up for another run for office.

    Question for the world:

    Do you think Gina and her husband have sheltered their lottery largess or will they just pay the top marginal rate to support their version of a “just” society?

  5. Dan, I won’t call this Council divided. I would call it unproductive, unimaginative, uninspired, unprepared, uncoordinated, and lacking in focus. I was no fan of AMDB but I always said that she ruled Council meetings with an iron fist and with a solid understanding of Parliamentary rules. Joe doesn’t even look like he’s trying.

    Every government on this Earth that resembles a democracy forms alliances that create voting blocks that serve their narrow interests. They barter their votes back and forth in blocks on different issues and most politicians eventually get their way some of the time. That’s how it works at all 3 levels in Canada, in the U.S. and everywhere else. That doesn’t mean that they are divided.

    What is different with this Council is that it seems that a significant number of Councillors aren’t even doing the research on issues or debating them. Like the old Homer Simpson sketch where he gets to obese to go to work. He gets a device to push the button for him when necessary. That’s what’s going on at London City Council that is irritating so many people.

  6. question says:

    Hooray! I’m pleased to inform….Elaine is back! I believe the community should welcome and indeed value her distinct and valuable contributions and insights to the issues and discussions of the day. The challenges posited in her observations and arguments are comments that deserve active engagement and serious contemplation, not be blocked by this community’s tendency to circle the wagons against anything that dares to threaten complacency and shake its smug self-satisfied self-righteousness.

    What some label ‘rude’, others can find very good reason to praise as inscisive, witty and spot-on.

    Write-On Elaine!

  7. Elaine Murray says:

    Hey Question, that was good of you. Thank you.

    Gary I too think she will run. Gina has enough money, unless she gave it all away to the poor folk or has it tied up in an off shore tax shelter, to buy a spot on council. With that, and the backing of the lfp, she is a shoe in.

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