An experiment in e-democracy: Tomlinson must go!!!

One of our readers attended Bristol’s E-Democracy Day yesterday – ‘Modern Methods of governance – democracy in action or mob rule? – and reports that the city council will be

encouraging things like petitions even if they could be seen as “inconvenient”.

Here at The Blogger, where we don’t get out very much, we will of course be testing this claim to destruction; starting soon with an attempt to set up a petition on the city council’s e-democracy website to get rid of our utterly useless Education Director Heather Tomlinson.

Just to recap briefly about Heather: she’s paid £140k a year; she spends a further £1m a year on her management team; she squanders a further £1m on consultants; she’s now worked at Bristol City Council three years; there’s been no improvement in results; truancy rates have increased; her strategy to rebuild secondary schools under the government’s ‘Rebuilding Schools for the Future’ scheme is, as predicted, leaving the schools undersubscribed but the PFI corporate money men developers quids-in; the city council’s only non-PFI build, the in-house Redland Green School development, came in £6m over budget this year; the city’s long-term secondary school strategy – such as it was – is in chaos after two independent schools (Colston Girls and the Cathedral School) unilaterally decided to become academies; a new primary school strategy is currently being designed around the needs of PFI developers and their desire to maximise profits through new school developments; the education budget is already £2.2m overspent this year and so kids with Special Educational Needs are being targeted for cuts; at the authority Tomlinson came from, Nottingham, results have actually improved since she left and, the ultimate insult, when she left Nottingham three years ago, she brazenly announced in a press release of her reasons for coming to Bristol: “I am looking forward to fewer hours on the road and a little more time on my boat.”

Enough is enough. Tomlinson is simply not worth the money. She must go! Therefore after a few enquiries to our e-democracy office regarding the absolute confidentiality and exact nature of the information people have to provide to them when signing their petitions – we don’t want all those teachers and heads rushing to sign up only for their bosses to be handed this personal information do we? – a petition will be put forward, probably by the end of next week, demanding the resignation of Tomlinson.

Anyone care to predict the odds that it’ll be allowed?

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10 Responses to An experiment in e-democracy: Tomlinson must go!!!

  1. bristolcitizen says:

    God, make your mind up blagger – we thought you were against costly council recruitment exercises and now you are trying to create the need for another one … we hope you will be dipping in to the old trust fund to help out.

  2. Overayard says:

    I hate to sound Pol Pot(ish) but is one enough. There is a need for alot of people who are pulling levers and riging bells and achieving nothing with a good wage too.

    Could we have a simpler, easier for Heather to understand and more encompassing. I was thinking along the lines of…. .

    “We the people of Bristol have no confidence in our elected officrs and their officers to effectively manage the education of our children. We request that they consider their positions and FUCK OFF!”

    I think the ending needs work.

  3. Overayard says:

    Sorry the red mist should read “elected representatives”

  4. bristolcitizen says:

    It seems pretty commonplace for people to use the Downing Street epetitions site to demand Ministerial resignations e.g. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/CultSec/

    So, once again, not much new thinking here blagger

    The Bristol Council site says that you need to submit your petition in person (or find someone local to do it for you). So we look forward to seeing your ugly mug on the new council webcast!

  5. Bluebaldee says:

    Show me where I sign.

  6. thebristolblogger says:

    Who said anything about “new thinking” bristolcitizen (nice of you to nick my email by the way).
    This is about good, old-fashioned thinking where people in charge take responsibility.

  7. bristolcitizen says:

    If this is about good, old fashioned, tried and tested democracy then where is “the experiment” that you refer to?

    PS – I don’t think I have stolen anything of yours

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  10. Overayard says:

    Time for a quiz again. Sorry no prizes. What or who links the City of Bristol 3rd worse results at KS2 and City of Nottingham 4th worst?

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