New opportunity from a crisis
NEWS of council cabinet divisions with the resignation of Sarah Hill and subsequent re-shuffle indicates something of a crisis. However, crises can sometimes lead to opportunity.
The council has failed spectacularly in its Community Asset Transfer (CAT) processes and consultations as far as the Wedgwood Memorial College (WMC) is concerned – closing the college even before agreeing Council CAT policy (this is, we believe, symptomatic of general failings).
Our Business Plan, involving five charities (and others including successful entrepreneurs), was dismissed without any serious engagement and discussion, with the result that empty buildings are now costing taxpayers thousands for security alone, and with richly experienced people locally joining the unemployed.
Ed Milliband said only last week: "In too many areas Labour has atrophied. I take Bradford 100 per cent seriously… there is great, great cynicism about politics and politicians, and that is what we have to push through."
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With the help of local MPs, we hope the City Labour Cabinet will listen to their national leader and, belatedly, get their act together.
We look forward to constructive discussions on CAT, leading to renewed educational and economic activity at the WMC involving voluntary groups working in partnership with professionals.
If the Labour cabinet continues heading in the wrong direction, with attempted privatisation of valued public institutions, then expect even deeper public cynicism, with Stoke following Bradford, maybe in its own way.