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Ranoe
May-20-2009 @ 7:32 PM                           Permalink
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I feel that it is strange that no one has commented on the letter to the EDP by Stephen Johnson (Chair, Broads Authority) in todays paper.

He talks about protocol, misunderstanding, and that he and the CEO should be the only ones to speak on behalf of the authority, he states that this approach is common practice in public and private organisations and that the BA has been doing this for the last twenty years. He then states that "there is nothing in the protocol to prevent a member giving a "personal view" so long as it is based on correct information and is made as a "personal view".

He ends that the aim of all of this is to ensure that "correct information" is provided to the press. I think that this means they will tell us what we should think, what we should believe, and what they would have us believe. RUBBISH.

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Ranoe,
I have attempted to comment on BA communication policy ( but before the letter) - my post was "castrated" without the common decency of a pm!
In it, I copied and pasted a piece from another web site, which indicated that things had got worse with time, and that the Authority seemed to treat its critics with scorn. I posted a link, normal,I suggest in order to authenticate a source. It was suggested that since the link was posted, the foregoing was superfluous!
IMHO, this diminished the value of the entire post.
This person also seems to be unfamiliar with the concept of irony - but our colonial friends never have been too good at that.A lot of that must have rubbed off. Mind you, they did give 'political correctness' to the world!
To get back on topic, I entirely agree with your view on the new policy - it smacks of the worst form of 'gulag' dictatorships.

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Possibly not commented upon because it has not appeared as a B.A. press release or an EDP news item, I assume that therefore it is simply an unsubstantiated viewpoint of an individual, which can be repudiated as required.  If a marker that Authority members will be going into print with their personal views, so that their agendas are clear, top marks.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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quote:"......
If a marker that Authority members will be going into print with their
personal views, so that their agendas are clear, top marks.
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That would indeed be a very good thing, Bill.

Strangely though the members agendas seem to be exactly the same
as the Chief Executive's, possibly because he's the one telling them
what their agendas are? Confused

Pete


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I’m not sure that I entirely go along with the ‘control freakery’ theory to my mind it’s more to do with fundamental insecurity on the part of many of the appointed Broads Authority members.  Tails and Dogs come to mind.  I would have thought that the situation in the Banking industry demonstrates what can happen when independent non executive directors abdicate their responsibilities over strategy leaving this to executive officers.

I can quite understand that official lines need to be promulgated with a degree of control, but if someone is appointed to be an independent arbitrator/advisor personally I would suggest that they have a duty to promote wiser councils when they or numbers of other stakeholders see this as appropriate. If they never have any wiser counsel to offer, one is surely bound to ask, “What was the value of their appointment”.

If as now seems to be the case they should indeed be prepared to publicly state their personal views before, during and after decision making if a minority report is in order then I would be perfectly happy with that, however outlandish I or others might think their views might be.


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