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Last week our mayor was out and about again in his black shirt and sunnies, that outfit that says ‘I am one sharp dude’. Probably he was psyching himself up for participating in his first Greens meeting in months.

So Ian Cohen pushed him as to why he backed Michael (Wannabe) Lyon for deputy mayor over Sarah (Blah-Blah) Ndiaye, when in fact Michael had allowed his Greens membership to lapse. Simon’s response was that he did it to bolster Michael’s chances of getting re-elected next September, given that Michael’s position on the Greens ticket hardly guaranteed his success.

Hang on Simon! Those who know him best, being the Greens, didn’t overly fancy him, right? But you, being of superior judgement, decided to second-guess the Greens by manoeuvring to get him re-elected anyway and bugger the Greens. Probably as Mayor, right?

Yes your rationale is sort of plausible, I guess  – which is your special talent, isn’t it. But as an old conspiracy theorist I tend to be suspicious of you santafarians, you guys who assure us that all is well – and that Santa Claus really exists. Accordingly I see your arrangement with Michael as you and your staff buddies rewarding him for speaking such shameless nonsense as ‘it’s the responsibility of elected councillors to protect the morale of staff,’ which is a position you yourself endorse.

In other words Michael, if he gets re-elected, will take over your role as the staff representative on Council. I’m currently accepting bets that either you will soon quit or will henceforth often be absent from council meetings, meaning either way that Michael as deputy mayor benefits from being in the chair. Simon, you’re just another scheming politician mate.

 

 

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