Council PR Carole Caplan’s latest pile lands in the inbox:
A high-profile conference exploring how Bristol’s prosperity can grow and be shared by everyone in our city is to take place next week.
Nice use of the word “share” here. As they seem to have created another thing we can’t share in. Namely the high profile conference to explore how the city’s prosperity can be shared:
Please note … the morning conference is not open to the general public
Around 200 specially-invited guests are expected to attend the conference and sit in on the debate
If you would like to engage in the debate then you can send in a statement, which will be considered by the relevant workshop at the morning conference
How nice of them. But:
It will not be possible for you to present your State of the City statement in person, however you will receive a written response from the relevant executive member/strategic director in the usual way
So we’re not invited then and we can’t say anything.
But rest assured the great and the good of the city will be deciding exactly how they want to share with us. Indeed, Business West boss, SWRDA board member and Merchant Venturer John Savage – who is invited – is given pride of place in Carole’s press release to tell us:
I’m confident that by listening to the voice of the public and of our partners we can overcome the worst of the challenges and plan for a better Bristol in the future.
How are you going to listen to the voice of the public John, you stupid old fucker? You’re not inviting them.
But I suppose we can’t have people rolling in willy-nilly to the Council House to ask John tricky questions he doesn’t want to answer and generally disagreeing with the city’s wealthy elite and their, now, morally and financially bankrupt corporate free market ideology that’s enriched them so well can we?