Sandy Cluness and some of his fellow charitable trust dictators now think that the changes to the trust should be put to a referendum! In the words of Victor Meldrew, “I don’t believe it!”
After years of ignoring the public’s concerns about the trust’s dodgy governance and the perception that the trust was no more than a rubber stamping sub-committee of the town hall, we now have a 180 degree turnabout. While we all know about the efforts of most elected SIC members to retain control of the trust, this is so bizarre to go from one extreme to another. The smell is rather more than that of a rat. What comes to my mind is the phrase “if I can’t have it nobody will”.
So if the new voyage of the charitable trust is to be decided on by a referendum due to the fact that it is our money that they administer, will this roll out to the amenity trust, arts development agency and recreational trust who also pick and choose who they want to sit in the captain’s cabin?