WorkBoot Blogs » Curbing the Debt Addiction - Act 3 Scene 1 – Kill the Trust Agents
In 1597 Shakespeare famously wrote in Act 4 Scene II in King Henry VI "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers".
Recent debates in the Council chamber have time-warped back to that era.
It appears that dealing with bloggers, emailers and other such pesky types results in defence of the culture. As Shakespeare also noted in the same play "Small things make base men proud".
And so the Scene I of Act 3 of the play/reality that is Curbing the Debt Addiction was set.
Amongst my other follies I have been trying to engage Council on our being nicer to our constituents – well to be honest not that ambitious – just not so condescending.
Given we keep telling everyone through “press releases” that everything is hunky dory I thought of another tack - building trust with our ratepayers. If we could build trust, that could start us down the path to engagement sometime soon that might be a small start, especially as we will need the ratepayers trust if we are going to deal with our Debt Addiction.
Again the answer is not rocket science. Chris Brogan, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Trust Agents' puts it this way “The difference between PR and social media is that PR is about positioning, and social media is about becoming, being and improving.”
This is a hard sell in the halls of power that is the Kaipara District Council.
Ever up for yet another brick wall challenge (see the comment by Ralph Williams on my last blog) Workboot (well to be precise the MoonBoot Councillor) embarked on a new campaign.
Simply, putting aside the personal attacks on me (here) I have decided I am not going to put up with the Council that I am a Councillor of, attacking others in our internal communications and very frequent public excluded sessions.
My concern has been that if I went public on these issues my actions would be turned into yet another attack on me rather than dealing with the issues. Well that was tried anyway.
So on the 16th of August I wrote to the Mayor asking him to right a wrong done to a ratepayer that had inadvertently copied a private email to a Council officer (here). Inside the time-warped Council chambers this error by a ratepayer was treated not as a mistake but an opportunity to to have some private fun at the ratepayer's expense.
Subsequently on Wednesday the 24th at the last Council meeting in 'public excluded' yet another personal attack was launched on another ratepayer. On the 26th of August I again wrote to the Mayor (here).
I attended a workshop on the 31st hoping that these issues would finally be addressed. The Mayor had confirmed in his email that this would be the case.
However the issues were not on the agenda for the workshop and were not discussed. I regret to advise that there are no plans for any of the issues to be actioned.