Fast Buck$, Coorabell
I hope that the Greens get trashed at next years election such that they are caused to seriously reflect on their priorities, their candidate choices, and the system where utter nonentities get elected on the preferences of a charismatic leader while talented non-Greens are left out in the cold.
As it’s difficult in the absence of local opinion polls to predict the party’s current standing, and as locals will likely continue to gravitate to the Greens (in hope more than in trust), I imagine the new cavalry will come down to a choice between Sarah Ndiaye and Michael Lyon. If Sarah gets up I will be among many people to move out of the area in sheer in embarrassment. If Michael is to get up he will need to majorly lift his PR output; he’s been speaking beaucoup drivel and I’ve let him get away with it long enough.
His most recent letter to The Echo suggests that he is currently working towards a Simon Richardson mark II model, where he relies on staff propaganda. That is, he doesn’t identify the facts, and follow them through to their logical conclusion, but rather defends the indefensible by resorting to cheap point scoring and unsupported assertions.
For example, he claims that a proposal to run the unbuilt part of the bypass via the railway corridor, instead of via the Cumbebin Swamp, featured an inaccurate map and misleading information – no details provided, of course. I can imagine Michael asking his favourite senior staff mate for comment. This staff mate would’ve rolled his/her eyes scornfully and dismissed the rail corridor proposal as bullshit. And that ‘assurance’ would have been good enough; no need to get to the bottom of it.
I believe that it is the same with Michael’s excuses for backing down over the Montecollumn Road cabin proposal, which contravened several planning statutes. It’s obvious to me that prior to the vote, Michael went to the planning staff (who favoured the proposal) and was told that council’s ‘hands were tied’ by state government statute. If you asked Michael to specify which particular statute, would he be able to do so?
What I would like to ask Simon and Michael is this; where in your election material in 2016 did you state that, if elected, you would rely so much on the opinions of the permanent staff?