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“The crackpots and these wise women” or answering the Oval group

It turns out Julie Wassmer thinks Councillor’s wives should be seen and not heard. It’s a little old fashioned for my liking. I prefer my wife feel free to say whatever she likes about issues she feels strongly about, which is a good job, because I’m powerless to stop her. But it seems some local activists think differently.

But I suspect it was something more than just a longing for a bygone era. My wife was voicing an opinion slightly different to that held by the Oval Group. While some sought blame, she was trying to look for solutions. While others cried on Twitter (with an uncomfortable amount of glee for such a serious issue) “Let battle commence!” she tried to take some of the edge of an attitude which does harm to the town.

But to say such things as a Councillor’s wife (a Conservative one at that!), is proof surely that something underhand is going on, an attitude which reflects poorly of people who would suggest it. And so, in the best tradition of anyone trying to push aside unhelpful claims of corruption and conspiracy (let’s discount a stiff breeze removing the labels on railings before considering any secret CCC operatives), it was instead suggested she must be part of the cover up.

Their reason being a retrospective claim that I or other Councillors haven’t said anything and are forcing her to speak for us.

Well, for the record the ward Councillors for Gorrell have been very vocal on this without needing my help. And my email is public, either on the council web page or here on my own website, where I have published the comments of a now former Labour Councillor on this issueas well as my wife’s.

But I’m not sure the group want answers that contradict anything already thought. That much was made clear tonight.

My wife didn’t have to explain herself to Ms Wassmer, but she did. She’s like that, always thinking the best of people. Ms Wassmer’s comments betrayed her own lack of generosity in that department. Instead they have risked chasing away someone who was trying to find honest solutions rather than unworkable absolutes.

I’m not particularly for or against the development. It’s not ugly, and as far as public space goes there is plenty on the beach (ironically owned by the Greens) some ten paces away. The value, I accept that from the explanations I’ve had from good people doing a difficult job.

But why am I not joining this online discussion? Why would I?

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