I HELPED MAKE HISTORY…

I Helped Make History...
I Helped Make History...

I HELPED MAKE HISTORY

I helped make history today, by participating in the first ever "virtual" meeting of Hampshire County Council.

I looked up when the first meeting of Hampshire County Council took place. The answer is 1889. It's a fair bet that, back then, County Councillors attended the meetings in Winchester by using horse drawn carriages or on horse back.

We used some software called Microsoft Teams. This new technology takes a little getting used to and there was some delay getting proceedings underway. However, it worked and it does beg the question whether we need to meet in person like we used to do. There are considerable savings in not having members travel to meetings from all over Hampshire.

We elected a new Chairman for the forthcoming year, New Forest Councillor Mel Kendal. I abstained from supporting him, not for any personal reasons but because the Conservatives have always voted for Conservative Chair and Vice Chairs, keeping a complete monopoly of the civic roles for two decades, even though opposition Councillors make up over a third of the Council.

Most local authorities share the role around on a proportionate basis, but Conservatives here take a "winner takes all approach", which is unfortunate because there are many fine Liberal Democrat Councillors who have served for 30 years or more and are widely respected.

In the past, we have proposed Lib Dem Councillors for such roles but the mean and nasty Conservatives won't let us have so much as a sniff of their fish and chips. Hey Ho!


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