I think it's been an intriguing interlude, a broad-based litmus test revealing lots about our mayor, certain councillors, Council-at-large, mainstream media, activist/commentators, and the general populace.
I'm not so sure that most of the above want to look in the mirror, or consider perspectives that go beyond their own, fuelled as they are.
The sad thing is that it's quite clear...at least to me...that we already have so many components required to move forward with innovation and imagination, to leave the kvetching and the sniping behind and resurrect this city of ours...
...and yet we're seemingly engaged in serially-detached and incomplete therapy. Some of it is phoned-in, some of it scribbled out on paper, some of it is delivered in-person, but none of it strikes me as being offered in the right way or resembling a process that's actually going to provide progress. The forum's not there, the cohesion's not there...and mostly, because of private agendas, the motivation's not there.
There's shame floating around this morning, that 'this is the best we can do?!?', there's anger, there's incredulity that once again, what was promised wasn't delivered (how many times have we seen this unfold at Council in recent memory?), and the result is another sedimentary layer of frustration, of cynicism, of our legacy malaise.
So sing on, Peggy. Sing on.
M Adrian Brassington