I got a letter today from Darra Singh, the unelected Chief Executive of Ealing Council. Of course I was not the only one. He was writing to all councillors and candidates. He was wanting to get in our diaries, assuming we are elected on May 4th.
On May 6th he wants 3 hours to take our photos, get our details on the pay roll and sort out whatever electronic toys we might need. He is then proposing to take up 6 evenings over the next two weeks on briefing the new councillors on the council’s services and internal organisation.
In the event I am elected I don’t want to devote this much time to being told what to think by the council’s officers. I want to spend as much time as possible working out how we are going to implement our programme and telling the officers what is expected from them.
Or have I got this whole election thing back to front?