…. their ineptness and failures.
Alternative Media Snubbed
As most people are probably aware politicians like nothing better than to be on good terms with the media, schmoozing up to them every chance they get, hoping to ingratiate themselves in order to further their cause, agenda, or their political career. That’s what politicians do. But not our politicians.
Today, while at Stone’s Throw Cafe Councillor Siegbert Gail and I acknowledged each other’s presence, upon my entering this fine establishment, with a nod and a hi that went no further, he not making the effort to engage me in conversation (despite my having sent him two emails this week, with no reply?), and I returning the favour.
Shortly after, Councillor Brian Gallant came in with his wife, ignoring me as they passed by, chatted with Sig and his wife for a few minutes, picked up their order and left without so much as an “up yours, Prince”. I wonder why? :-}
This past week, I sent two emails to Mayor and council receiving reply’s only from Gallant which I have already spoken about in a previous post and one from Councillor Emile Saindon (who sent me the Firefighters pic) in which he asked me “… we have had 2 budget meeting in the past week one in the afternoon and one at night and do you know how many interested residents should up 0000000. Not even the press came. Why is that John. Would like to hear your reasons?”
My response was: “I’m open to coffee anytime to discuss your questions. I’m just surprised its taken you over two years to want to do it again i.e. talk to me?”
That exchange took place last Monday, today is Friday. I’m still waiting to hear back from him as to when we’re doing coffee?
In the meantime, the mayor and none of the other councillors have made an effort to either reply to my emails or contact me in any way, which I find surprising as I do represent the media, ‘alternative media’, that is. You would think with the petition, and all, these guys would want to talk with residents, especially the media? But no, they make no effort to do so. They avoid us like the plaque? Maybe Lindsay Goss’s recent well publicized encounter with a department head from municipal hall has something to do with that? All I can say in defense of myself and alternative media in general is ‘I don’t carry around a tape recorder.’ :-0 :-)
Council’s relationship with the media makes me think of one of my favourite political characters and stories which was the one about former Premier Dave Barrett who was so exasperated with Vancouver Sun columnist Marjorie Nichols that he shouted expletives at her in the hallway of the legislature: “F**k you. F**k you, you venomous bitch.” (I’m thinking, Lindsay got off lucky. :-D) Now council members here may not have said this to me, to my face, but I sense this is what they are thinking. :-)
On a serious personal note, I don’t know why they feel this way? I don’t bite, am willing to talk with anyone about anything, believe I’m fair and honest in my dealings, can be trusted to maintain a confidence, while holding no malice towards anyone on council. Maybe they fear the fact I have my own thoughts and opinions and will voice them, believing as I do that honest open debate allows for free expression of ideas and opinions, and therefore will not hold back what I think, while having little tolerance for BS? Do they think their policies and positions are so weak they will not stand up to scrutiny by a strong-willed individual, such as myself? What is it they fear, if not this?
In conclusion, let me just say that in my opinion and experience, council makes no effort to bridge the gap, the great divide between themselves and those they govern, and wonders why they are so misunderstood and not liked with the residents they were elected to serve? With them, “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain” makes no sense. Assuming as they do, that everything and everyone must go through council chambers and once they leave those hallowed chambers their job is done. A more dysfunctional mind-set and group, I do not think we ever had? They see us as the foe. How do you deal with someone who thinks of you (residents and media alike) as the enemy, to be avoided at all cost?
Is it any wonder this council is so ignorant of their surroundings and the will of the people, when having such a standoffish attitude towards people here, as they do?
It is no surprise then that they are seen as failures in communicating their message to residents here. It is because they are totally inept in human relations and what it takes to be a true politician.
These guys would do themselves a service by taking Peter Rosner’s recent advice by way of comment that I hereby borrow: “I do not like that man I must get to know him better”. All politicians, current and wannabees, would do well to heed this wise saying, for in it leadership and good governance are sure to follow.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.