Fast Buck$, Coorabell
I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the job. Instead we find now that the sitting councillors will decide on a replacement on Thursday 13 May at 9am, public welcome of course. (Watch out for whoever Councillor Hunter supports).
This puts a new light on Simon Richardson’s rash mayoral minute kicking me out of the last meeting. The wording he used is malicious and self-serving but I see now that his aim was to engender sympathy for Sarah Ndiaye by painting her as a person who I just pick on because I’m a bully, ratbag, sexist or whatever.
On the contrary I have only ever mocked Sarah in terms of her performance as a councillor. And once again I have the goods on her – recently she spoke as though Council had formally decided that it was ‘too expensive’ to prosecute holiday letters. In reality it was only Sarah and Simon who had decided this among themselves. Council’s formal response to my question reveals itself to be the usual masterpiece of evasion. Never in a hundred years would you get an honest answer along the lines of ‘Councillor Ndiaye spoke out of turn and without authority’. Especially if she did.
There’s currently a lot of feeling out there that ‘patriarchal males’ like myself should cut ‘the girls’ a bit of slack no matter how woeful their performance. There are plenty of successful women out there who haven’t had to play that card, and it’s not a game in which I’m prepared to indulge. Shape up or ship out does it for me, especially when there’s attitude involved.