If a public debate is allowed to degenerate into pantomime farce, we will disenfranchise the young
REGARDING the public meeting last Wednesday in Sleaford...
Only Sleaford Town Council could allow a serious meeting about the future of our town to descend into a classic pantomime!
Hissing and booing while people tried to speak, really? All our favourite characters were there – the chairman in his role as "Wishee Washee" struggling to control the audience, The Dolby Comedy Double Act as "Ping and Pong", David Suiter as "Buttons" and of course poor Jan Mathieson sweeping up the ashes of burnt out arguments as "Cinderella" amongst others.
Once people were allowed to speak though, some great points were made on both sides of the argument, as it should be.
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But the bad behaviour of the "more mature" members of the assembled audience against the road and Tesco tainted the debate, did little for their cause – let alone set a good example to the younger attendees, who are more likely to be disenfranchised from local politics in the first place.
I certainly know who the heroes and villains were in my mind that night! Sleaford's future? – "It's behind you!!! Boooo!!!
The next time the STC hold a "public" meeting at least we'll be more prepared with big foam hands and light sticks!
Oh yes we will, Oh no we won't!