Tom Tabart, Drysdale
Ian Cohen’s article in last week’s Echo summarised the sad state of the current Greens cohort in Council and the local party in general.
Having someone with Ian’s history of green activism in the environment and parliament strongly voice his total disillusionment underlines how far they have strayed from Greens principles and values
Simon and the ‘three blind mice’, with no discernable record in the green movement, seized power on the backlash to the previous Nats-inspired Rose/Sol council but then proceeded to follow the same pro-development path.
There are no checks or balances on their activities as the Byron Greens party group has lost all political direction with only a small rump of Simon’s cheer group ever attending meetings.
They have been too lazy and arrogant to learn the intricacies of local government, ignore the rich legacy of policy directives left by former Green councils, and allow a very ordinary staff to run rings around them.
Earlier Green councils had their shortcomings but they did the work and largely held the line against ever-pressing development interests.
This lot may as well join the Nats and be done with it.