Efforts by the Reverend Rees and his point man ‘Slo’ Kevin Slocombe to create their own new season of THE WEST WING up on the third floor of the Counts Louse brings predictable results.
Having EXPANDED the Mayoral Office budget to the best
part of £1MILLION A YEAR and styled themselves as fast talking power
dressing power players who get things done, their efforts to slickly command
and control a council of 7,000 employees SPENDING A BUDGET OF A BILLION
is more Jedward than Jed Bartlet.
The latest MAYORAL FAILURE finds the Reverend unable to get a simple
‘corrective’ brass plaque attached to the statue of Colston in the Centre. This
might be because following the original mayoral decree for a plaque, there was NO
MEANS to communicate back to the Mayor or his team what was going on with a
project easily highjacked by the Merchant Venturers from council officers.
Similar problems have haunted the Reverend’s response to
institutional racism at the council where the HR officers and managers
responsible for the problem have filled any MANAGEMENT VACUUM by stepping
in to solve their own problem to suit themselves.
The most recent fiasco followed the removal of valuable 1930s street lamps from
south Bristol to leafy Stoke Bishop. “THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN,”
insisted Slo Kev on Twitter. “Any street lamps removed are used for spare
parts only,” he explained. Alas, within minutes of Slo Kev’s claim, a
photo appeared on Twitter of a newly installed street lamp from south Bristol
in Stoke Bishop!
The obvious solution of appointing one of 40-odd Labour councillors to oversee
something like the plaque project through to completion has been OVERLOOKED
by both the Reverend and Slo Kev. Both naively believing they can achieve
anything at the council, no matter how minor, by SWAGGERING COMMAND or LENGTHY
PRESS RELEASE fired out from the third floor executive suite.
In reality simple projects are FAILING and poor decisions are MULTIPLYING
due to the Reverend’s West Wing fantasy. There’s a bottleneck at the top of the
council. Too many issues for too few mayoral staff to cope with and council
officers end up running the show with little oversight. Labour councillors,
meanwhile, the natural workforce to force Labour policy through a recalcitrant
council, hang about IDLE, BORED and IGNORED.
When will the Reverend figure out how to run his council?
Efforts to add a so-called ‘corrective plaque’ to Edward Colston’s statue on the Centre have descended into farce thanks to INTERFERENCE from our local bat shit crazy rich mans’ club, the SOCIETY OF MERCHANT VENTURERS, desperate to defend the reputation of their slave trading hero.
The idea behind a corrective plaque was to stop the constant – and often entertaining – VANDALISM of the statue by members of the public. Over the years we’ve woken up to find the statue yarn bombed, with its face painted white, with graffiti scrawled across it and with various corrective plaques superglued to it, usually LISTING COLSTON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS the current plaque misses out.
To address this, last year, the council hired historian Dr Madge Dresser to work with young people to produce a second plaque for the statue. Plenty of ideas came back highlighting Colston’s role in the SLAVE TRADE as well as aspects of his political, religious, charitable and business life that are OVERLOOKED on the existing plaque from the Victorian era.
Dr Dresser delivered her ideas to Peter “Arse” Insole, an architectural officer at the council and then the trouble started. The Venturers immediately employed AMATEUR HISTORIAN Francis Greenacre to LOBBY Insole on their behalf and an unknown number of private meetings between Insole and Greenacre with neither notes nor minutes retained have taken place.
Now, we’re reliably informed, the following information will definitely not appear on any new plaque: any reference to Colston being a TORY; any mention of the SOCIETY OF MERCHANT VENTURERS; the number of children TRANSPORTED by Colston’s ships; the number of children who DIED on Colston’s ships; any mention of Colston’s religious and political BIGOTRY; any mention of Colston’s involvement in the SPANISH SLAVE TRADE and any mention of his INSIDER TRADING in South Seas Company.
Never mind, we’ll all just have to go back to vandalising the Venturer’s reactionary monstrosity instead.