Zone of Immunity

cohesionFantastic article in the comment section of the Times (London) on Friday by Philip Collins. The article was about how the Tory Party has become infected with “Corbynism”, that infectious need to abandon all reason in favour of mob rule…

The most interesting thing in the article apart from Jacob Rees-Moog’s use of the longest word ever tweeted, was the concept of the “Zone of Immunity”, that zone around political leaders which they must establish and for which they are immune to any consequences of any actions. We see this particularly in “strong leader” forms of government where the strength of the leader as a leader is inversely proportional to the strength of the zone of immunity.  Take Trump for instance, the zone of immunity around him is incredibly large and strong. He can say and do anything without any thought of recrimination or objection. And his strength as a leader? The lowest ever seen by an American president.

So, take our Council leaders, they live in strong leader forms of government. What is the strength of their zone of immunity? Even a cursory view will show that it is sky high. And why? It has to be, because they are so weak as leaders. They can tolerate no dissent, no questions, and no blame for anything that is wrong. To do that you have to have a really strong “Zone of Immunity” around you that keeps up the ruse. How big is the Zone of Immunity around the leaders that you live under? You have to ask yourself the question…

Thinking Out Of The Box?

The biggest casualty of the strong leader form of government is the process of “thinking” within the governmental delivery system. They take their cues from the political leadership, so when they have no cue, the institutions depart from all thinking and just revert to processing data. When the leaders of Councils can only process data, and not think “out of the box”, you have nothing but an accumulation of useless data…

So let’s take an important piece of recent news, Surrey County Council heavily cutting the budget on dealing with narcotics addictions. There are a lot of numbers bandied about in relation to the causes, the effects, and the consequences. One thing that is undeniable is that a large number of addicts won’t get the treatment require to beat their addictions. The exact number? Who knows… The relevance??? Very little…

What matters is what are we going to do about it? So, we know:
1- that there will be loads of people not getting the treatment they need
2-those people will probably seek to fill that need in socially unacceptable ways, which has a cost both directly and indirectly
3-their problems neither go away nor get better with age

The difficulty of course is that strong leader governments believe they are uniquely capable of dealing with the problems of drug addiction and most others.. And this certainly is not the case… Are there groups/charities/churches out there that can and do do a much better job than the government? Of course, and what are we doing about it? That’s right, next to nothing… And why?

1-local strong leader governments really deeply believe they can fix any and all the problems if they just have enough money
2-success is never measured by quality of service delivered, only by adherence to budgets and the “rules”
3-there is no concern for the wider consequences or implications of decisions made

Tell your Councillors you want something done here…

My Questions to the SHBC Executive Tonight 05/09/17

So, here are the questions I asked at the SHBC Executive Meeting, answers embedded in the text:

Could you please tell us the actual number of customers visiting the Camberley Mall on a monthly basis today versus one year ago, exclusive of any events like the Car Show?

**Answer: No, this is protected information and we do not have to disclose it so we are not going to disclose it. 

**observation: what do you have to hide? Wouldn’t you want to advertise your success? Oh, unless there isn’t any…

You have chosen to use a carparks app called Glide. This was an unusual choice because they are very small company with untested and less than reliable technology. We have had countless technical problems with this app, costing our residents many thousands of pounds, and causing enormous inconvenience in the parking process. The app claims to offer customers substantial savings when in fact it is nothing more than a short term gimmick.

As a company, they do not adhere to even the most basic requirements of security and email/account verification that we have all become accustomed to with actual secure payment apps. This has of course resulted in extreme pain for many of our “customers“, they have found out the hard way that they have given virtually unlimited access to their accounts to pay council sponsored rip off. Which of you, on the Executive, have ever actually read the terms and conditions of these people at the Glide app and Masterpass?

Please explain what you are doing to:
1-get to the bottom of their (Glide) technical problems so that our residents are no longer penalised by their bad performance?
2-Offer instantaneous refunds for any overcharging for the parking? Some people have had to wait more than a week for the thousands of pounds that have been illegally taken from their bank accounts to be restored.This is something that all other major parking apps do.
3-Please explain how much more business we have been able to generate in the Mall by the use of this parking app?

Further, normally councils have penalty provisions built-in to the performance of companies like Glide who can so substantially impact their delivery of service. Please tell us what sort of provisions you have built in regarding your agreement with these people?

**Answer: Glide is an app, and the Council has nothing to do with it, they seem to be working fine now. There were no real financial problems, and they were fixed quickly… These problems have had no effect on the  people coming to Camberley.

**observation: we were treated to a remarkable excuse-giving justification of a totally failed initiative. Yet another example of the incredible weakness of this local government and demonstration of how out of touch they are… They are concerned about the opening of the new Bracknell Centre, and well they should be…

 

 

Look mom, we’re number 4 in all of Surrey!!!

Look mom, Camberley now has the 4th most dangerous area of Surrey, right at the Town Centre!!!  We were featured yesterday by “Get Surrey” for this impressive achievement…

The leadership of Surrey Heath certainly has something to be proud of don’t they???  Aaahhh, probably not… A big part of the shocking increase in crime is all the run down and vacant buildings that criminals can use to ply their drugs and violence. The litter everywhere is part of the clue…

This is a direct consequence of the failure of the “strong leader” management of Surrey Heath. No doubt this week we will be treated to the most rich and spectacular denial of any fault on behalf of the Council by the leader and CEO. These are such fun to watch, and are good cannon fodder for upcoming blogs…