Hands up who knows what the bloody hell the Bristol Transport Board is?
Because, according to under-pressure Labour Transport boss Mark Bradshaw’s open letter published yesterday, they’re the people deciding the future of our cycle path and whether it gets turned in to a rapid transit bus route or not.
Bradshaw helpfully explains in his letter : “A formal proposal on a preferred option will need to come before the Bristol Transport Board, which I chair and this will be required before any decisions are made.”
The only real problem here is that there’s no such thing as the Bristol Transport Board. A search of the council’s website clearly reveals no such committee has ever met; no minutes exist; no governing documents exist; no terms of reference exist and no formal membership is named anywhere.
Even by the standards of the City of Bristol, run for years now by a demented collection of unaccountable quangos, Bradshaw is breaking intriguing new ground with this one. Is Bradshaw totally off his trolley? Do we face the prospect of a major decision for the city being taken by an entirely fictitious committee?
Or is this the latest imaginative wheeze for getting our local politicians off the hook, evading their responsibilities and avoiding making unpopular decisions by organising some new and baroque committee of other people to do it for them? Or maybe Bradshaw simply doesn’t have a clue what’s going on and how the city council functions?
Whether Bradshaw is losing his mind and slipping into an imaginary fantasy land of weird and wonderful sub-committees under his all-powerful control as his short-lived political dream collapses into ruins or whether he’s cynically inventing a solution to pass the buck on an intractable problem for short term political gain – frankly, who cares?
Surely such a loose grip on truth and reality means he should just go?