Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Machiavelli’s The Prince

Cllr Keith PrinceWe are informed via a comment on the previous post, and from a reliable source, that Redbridge Conservative group have, this evening, ditched Cllr Alan Weinberg and elected Cllr Keith Prince as their leader for the forthcoming municipal year and crucially leading to the local elections in 2010.

However, we should not forget chapter six:

"We must bear in mind, then, that there is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things in any state. For the innovator has for enemies all those who derived advantages from the old order of things, whilst those who expect to be benefited by the new institutions will be but lukewarm defenders. This indifference arises in part from fear of their adversaries who were favoured by the existing laws, and partly from the incredulity of men who have no faith in anything new that is not the result of well-established experience. Hence it is that, whenever the opponents of the new order of things have the opportunity to attack it, they will do it with the zeal of partisans, whilst the others defend it but feebly, so that it is dangerous to rely upon the latter.''

Keith has a tough task, and his success or otherwise will depend not so much on the support of his colleagues but how his administration is perceived by us, the electorate. We wish him well, for his potential success is also ours.

Addition: I should have also mentioned that Cllr John Fairley-Churchill has been elected as Deputy Leader in place of Cllr Mrs Linda Huggett.

21 comments:

  1. If Coucillor Weinberg achieved anything during his 'reign' it is that the electorate have become increasingly aware that they have no alternative but to view every political move by the administration with suspicion; what may be perceived by the Cabinet as being good for the administration is not essentially good for the people. I'm looking forward to seeing Councillor Prince at a Barkingside 21 coffee morning.

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  2. No home should be without one (a copy of The Prince, that is, not a Tory councillor).

    I can also recommend Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Great fun.

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  3. At least we are getting Leaders closer to the heart of the Borough, instead of those from the outer limits, who did not realise that the borough consisted of more than Wanstead and Woodford, new faces give us all hope. Good luck.

    dopeyf

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  4. Great Scoop B21 - this is certainly the place to get the latest news first.

    The mess this Tory Council have made of things from Education (children having to cross the borough to get to a school), Housing, Leisure, (lack of swimming pools, allotment fiasco, and parking charges at libraries, parks etc), social services (closing day centres and trying to put up charges), buyiong 2 jags, increasing cllr allowances, means that this cosmetic change is not the change we need. We need to get rid of the whole administration.

    Mark Santos

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  5. Alan can whistle for his MBE now!

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  6. Wouldn't have been an MBE. He would have qualified for OBE (Other Buggers' Efforts).

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  7. dopeyf: Weinberg is a councillor for Clayhall, and lives in the Ward - however you assess his capabilities, Clayhall is hardly the outer reaches of Redbridge!

    If you mean that three Monkhams councillors held positions of influence in Weinberg's administration - once again, judge them on their abilities not on which Ward they represent.

    The above comments should not be taken as an apologia for or endorsement of Weinberg's Administration.

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  8. One of the cabinet members caused controversy tonight by calling another cllr (lib dem) an ignorant pig.
    This did not go down too well and the ensuing protest was quite interesting.
    Eventually, a sort of apology was extracted, but only apologising for the 'ignorant' label.
    The offender was,...? I know,... you are spoilt for choice!
    annesevant

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  9. .......... and was, I presume, in his customary drunken stupour?

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  10. Nice to know that "team spirit" prevails. Not exactly a landslide win. Can't wait to see what the new administration is going to offer - can't wait to see what all the other parties make of it!!! Must be rubbing their hands with glee

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  11. ''Nice to know that "team spirit" prevails.''
    says anonymous. Any connection with these little bottles some of the team sipped through during the meeting?
    Something else which surprises 'strict' me is that a few were sharing crisps. Fair enough, the meeting is in the evening and they might have had to postpone dinner after a day at the office but, eating crisps, in full public view, in an official capacity is not very proper (in my opinion).
    Autres temps, autres moeurs!
    annesevant

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  12. I remember when the council's Standing Orders prohibited taking food and beverages (other than a glass of water) into the council chamber. The reduction of standards is down entirely to the members themselves, and particularly to the group leaders who fail on enforcement. As to "water only", well there are other colourless liquids..........

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  13. Grumpy old man, yes your quite right I got carried away, what I was implying is that 7 out 10 of the Cabinet came from the "leafier" parts of the borough, lets hope a ne Cabinet is more representative, although quite where they will come from who knows?

    dopeyf

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  14. could there be a repeat of the may 2004 car park episode?

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  15. Could there be a repeat of the may 2004 car park episode?
    What if they banned smoking in the car park, using the 'good reason' that the car park would then become part of the working environment?
    annesevant

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  16. The new Cabinet should consider a quote from Harold Macmillan in respect of council officers

    "We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts"

    dopeyf

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  17. I cannot see that happening again, anonymous, but if it does then the Conservative Party should ban them from standing as candidates at the 2010 elections.

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  18. Again, I find myself recommending people read Machiavelli's "The Prince" (a deeply misunderstood book, with many accute insights and ruminations). Also read Clausewitz "On War".

    In a very real sense Weinberg was the architect of his own fall: his unashamed naked ambition and relentless bullying allied to a HUGE ego (now where IS that MBE? damn, missed it again!) and his deeply unpopular policies to determinedly sell off the allotments and other green spaces for housing...... well, enough is enough.

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  19. I am sure that there is an old saying 'where there is muck, there is gold' and, isn't this true when applied to some allotment sites (horse manure aplenty!) although I am completely warping the meaning of the saying!
    But, can I point out that Cllr Weinberg was not the only person enthousiastically trying to dislodge us to other areas.
    I have still in my head the words of a Cabinet councillor saying that in hard times, you must get rid of the family silver.
    And I could go on moaning!
    annesevant

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  20. "......you must get rid of the family silver".

    Looks like there is now a good chance of keeping the silver but getting rid of some of the family instead!

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  21. I lose pounds (of flesh/flab) reading Morris Hickey's comments because I laugh so much.
    And my feel-good seratonin levels increase as well!
    I am sure he could make a fortune selling his secret for such a sharp mind!
    annesevant

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