fiona.png
spreads (20).gif

Sorry


Sorry,

If my reference in a recent open letter to the mayor and councillors to what the Nazis did, has caused offence, I am sorry as that was not my intention, and I can understand how people whose families were affected might feel – my own father being one of the millions who did not return after WWII.

On Thursday 5 October, I wrote the open letter about council’s new “Unreasonable Customer Conduct” procedure making reference to my perception of parallels in the language and tone of the document that reminded me of the rise of the Third Reich in the mid-1930’s and the subsequent use of gas chambers and firing squads.

The reason for making such references was not to cause offence but it was certainly to shake some councillors into a response, resulting hopefully in a toning down of the procedure’s wording to be more appropriate to the “problem” and yes, a total of three out of the nine councillors did respond – one almost straight away and one on Sunday (both acknowledging receipt) and one earlier today, 10 October advising offence had been taken.

While three out of nine is a pretty good response rate for our councillors, not one of them answered the question – how many miscreants are there out there being so unreasonable as to cause such a punitively and negatively written procedure (I’d better not refer to it as totalitarian or fascistic as that might unreasonably land me in even more trouble!)

It was somewhat strange that when Clr Constable attempted, at today’s council meeting, to raise this procedure because it had caused some concern in the community, his request was denied as it was not considered urgent enough by the mayor who said it would be discussed at next Tuesday’s briefings (which of course are not open to the public).

Jeff de Jager

Coila

#Opinion

COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available unless the author is known to the editor by way of a verified email address or by association.

Others who provide their REAL NAME (first name AND Surname) and a verifiable email address (it won't be published) are invited to comment below. (yes it is a pain but please comply - it would be a  shame to see your comment deleted)

Those contributors KNOWN to us and verified may continue to use their First Name or Nom de plume for ease. The primary need for all of this is due to traceability should a legal action arise.

If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts


Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.