Other means of creating hot air …
Bristol City Council is planning another gimmick to help define the council’s top priorities for the future – even though they’ve done this all before and miserably failed to deliver the priorities.
The gimmick will take up the first two hours of the next meeting of the full Council on January 15th 2008 – and the public are invited to submit statements to the gimmick that will then be discussed by the city’s 70 elected councillors.
The meeting will be webcast live – and you can follow proceedings online at www.bristol.gov.uk/webcast
Welcoming the gimmick, Cllr Helen Holland, Leader of the Council, said: “Our last pointless gimmick – the Citizens’ jury on Waste – was a hugely spectacular waste of money to tell us the blindingly obvious.
“But since we have no vision for the city beyond a few hackneyed buzzwords – “delivering high quality”; “value for money”; “services for all”; “drive forward change”; “safer and healthier for all”; “deliver visible improvements” – and neither do we have a manifesto we thought we might as well wheel out yet another gimmick to patronise the electorate with instead.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group, Cllr Steve Comer added: “To be honest I’m an out-and-out careerist and so desperate to be noticed I’d sign my party up for anything for a bit of publicity, even one of Bristol Labour’s ridiculous see-through gimmicks that serve no purpose.
“Many Bristol residents feel promises are made but not delivered. This gimmick gives councillors an opportunity to pretend otherwise.”
Leader of the Conservative Group, Bunter Eddy said: “Cor! I hope pies, cakes and cream tea are served too.”
Public statements telling this lot where to get off should be submitted in writing by 12 noon on Monday, January 14th 2008 – by post to Democratic Services Team, Room 220, The Council House, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR, by fax to 0117 922 2146 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone requiring further information can phone the Democratic Services Team on 0117 922 2362 (Minicom – 0117 922 2115).