LETTER: Talk about teams
LET'S talk about teams.
Is a team a group of people collectively aiming for the same outcome? Why do we expect our elected councillors to become a team?
We are critical of block voting but isn't block voting the result of being in a team?
A team where the team members always support each other no matter what. Is that actually what we want?
Wouldn't it be much better for our 11 elected leaders to simply work as a team with their constituents rather than with each other?
They are already bound by legislation that endeavours to ensure they behave professionally and truly represent the wider entire community.
Do we expect our councillors to act as a team by always voting the same way? Because surely that isn't what we want.
Our councillors don't need to like or respect each other individually on a personal level.
It is impossible to expect 11 different adults to automatically do so.
What we do need is for them to respect the fact that their community has elected each and every one of them and that they must behave professionally and respect each other's opinions.
They must vote to honestly represent community wishes, not their own personal wishes or those of any councillor team.
Lastly, they must all remember that the Mayor is not now and never ever will be their boss. The Mayor is exactly the same as them apart from two simple things.
The Mayor is the meeting chairperson and the spokesperson for council. That is all.
He has no power at all to ever direct any councillor in any way ever other than to ask a councillor to observe the legislation.
He can report a councillor who he believes steps across those boundaries but each and every councillor can also report the Mayor for stepping across those boundaries too.
The Mayor, and all individual councillors also, cannot ever direct the CEO or a member of staff to do anything other than what the council wishes.
The council in its entirety holds the power; the Mayor represents the council. I hope the councillors understand and appreciate that fact.
The newly elected Mayor apparently did not consult his councillors about the location or content of an induction trip away. We await to see whether his promise of no secrets and no surprises comes to pass.