Can the old guard roll over?

So, tonight we meet to discuss the issues of “getting along”…  Got an email from our councillor friends this morning who talked about the two criteria for us: doing the best job for the residents and having respect for each other.  So, what do you do when councillors demonstrate complete contempt for the voters and the other councillors?  What they do around the world, wait for the next election and vote them out…  Apparently some think that they are “above” the tasks of getting their hands dirty to do the work of the work for the voters…

So, what makes you a member of the “old guard”???  When I was asked to stand for the council, my old friend Denis Fuller told me that you could put a blue rosette on my Labrador Murphy in some areas and he’d get elected.  The more I am around the more I see that this is true, or at least was true for several decades.  And now thanks to all the 3 main forms of social media, it is making a rapid change.  It is pretty clear to see that this will impact all of the future elections in a big way going forward from here.  So, the county elections will be dominated by it, and then the general election in 2014, and then the council elections in 2015.

The great thing about social media, is that requires you to get up close and personal with your voters, and if you don’t’ want to do that, then you wont be here.  So no real need to get my knickers in a twist, just be patient; like they said in the line from the movie Madagascar: “smile and wave boys, just smile and wave…”

Is your Councillor coming to work today???

Is your Councillor coming to work today???

Seems that some Councillors take for granted their positions, and display incredible contempt and total disrespect towards the voters and taxpayers of Surrey Heath when they don’t do the work of the work they were elected to do… Thankfully one of our leaders last week reminded us that when you are elected by the residents of Surrey Heath, you are required to:

1-go to every full council meeting or send your apologies
2-go to every committee meeting, if you can’t be there then either get a replacement or send your apologies
3-go to any and every external committee you are on or send your apologies
4-go to every “group” meeting or send your apologies

It is time for the voters to get a full report on the attendance record of those who they have elected to represent them. Write your councillor (both Borough and County), and tell them you want to know if they came to work today… Even more, tell them you’d like to know their attendance record since the election in May 2011…

Social Listening, because that’s where the money is…

Long ago in the Wild Wild West of my  homeland, one of my countrymen, Jesse James made a long career of robbing banks.  Like all bankers, he eventually got caught, and like all bankers professed his innocence until right before the end at the hangman’s noose.  Just before that fatal moment, they asked him: Jesse, why do you rob banks???  And without hesitation said, “because that’s where the money is”…

Well, it’s pretty much like that with Social Media, except that it’s all in the Social Listening.  You can tweet and post until the cows come home, but if you have nothing interesting to say then the only thing you will have to show for all that effort is the odoriferous material passing out of the back end of that cow…   Whilst unpleasant, it leaves your shoes in a right state.  Which is the case often in politics, but that is a subject for another day…

Most of my political colleagues think that being involved in Social Media means they have to engage in Tweeting and Face-booking, which is a definitely a part of it.  But they need to understand that the biggest part of being heard is having something to say.  And having something to say starts with being able to hear what is already being said.  Then it’s picking an area that you actually know something about and diving in.  I see hundreds of tweets and postings every day where the amount of odoriferous material trying to pass as content is really quite shocking.  The web is pretty harsh, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you will get smoked out quickly…  So, if you are afraid to get started because you know in your heart that you really don’t’ have anything interesting to say, then follow your instincts and don’t…

That being said, you will need to get with “the programme” pretty quickly, because that’s where the money is.  Truth is you are an interesting person, and you do have something interesting to say, so get moving and dig into yourself and find out what it is and get cracking on it.