Consultation Exercise

February 17, 2013

Or, why I love the community council…

“So, item three on the agenda is the draft new policing plan for Scotland, which arrived a couple of days ago and we’re supposed to respond with any comments by the end of the week [waves large densely printed document]. Seeing as they’re planning to go ahead with it anyway from the beginning of April I don’t expect they’re sitting in Edinburgh waiting with bated breath to see whether Nearest Village community council approves or not, but if anyone’s interested and wants to have a look … no? OK well I’ll just respond and say that we’ve received it then. Next item..”

Of course it helps if you hold your meetings in a draughty village hall where the one electric fire barely takes the edge off the chill and nobody removes their fleece or even their hat until we’re well into Matters Arising, if not actually Any Other Business. Presumably come April we’ll be more in the mood for more prolonged discussion but if you’ve got anything controversial you’d like to sneak through your local democratic institutions, I recommend you time it for the period between November and March…