20 May 2014
Snouts in the trough!
Yesterday's newspaper article has certainly attracted some attention from people this week. Unley serves a meal before Council meetings and a light meal before briefings and committee meetings. The catering for this is currently under review, this was initially due to the food served being so awful rather than an attempt to save money. However, I now understand that cost will be a factor when deciding what to do in the future. Most Councillors have had busy days at work before coming to meetings and often insufficient time to have a meal between finishing work and meetings. I often leave work at 4:45 to get to a briefing at 5:30 that is then followed with a meeting at 6:30 or 7:00. Suggesting that a few jelly beans will do the trick when the meeting is not likely to finish before 10:00 and could go to midnight is a poor argument. Even comparing Councillors to Ronald Reagan is a worry!! Of-course, we could encourage only those who don't work to be Councillors, they could have time to prepare and eat a meal before they arrive. But if we want diversity among our Councillors then this will be one way of ensuring it doesn't happen !