The Politics of Political Theatre

RAC is holding its annual general meeting this weekend in Newfoundland and as part of the event (two RAC guys in a small hot room with a few clammy members dragged out of the flea market) there’s going to be an online portion.

Now why am I not participating?

Because this is theatre folks. The questions had to be pre-approved and no non-members are invited to participate. And what do you think you’re going to hear as compared to what we’re seeing (ancient web site, no blog anymore, more “firings” of volunteers, falling membership numbers, ARES in Ontario in disarray, no representation of any depth in Quebec, no results on Bill 118 in Ontario – see photo above – and this depressing list goes on.)

Kind of reminds me of the storm of ridicule that Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford brother Doug faces in regards to comments made about closing libraries in this city to save money.

Seems Margaret Atwood tweeted her 200,000 followers about the issue and Doug said he wouldn’t know the world-renown and beloved author if he passed her on the street. (That comment said a lot more about Doug Ford than Margaret Atwood.)

Now to my point:

Doug said if Margaret wanted to contribute she should run for office at city hall. Civil-minded Torontoians in the thousands went nuts.

Isn’t the same at RAC?

If we members want to participate we should volunteer to run for office or submit our questions for approval?

Duh. No. Those we elected we do not empower to govern but to serve.

The last thing we need and what we seem to have is an executive team sitting on their kingly thrones looking down at us lowly peons suggesting if we’re hungry for change we should just eat cake or shut up and go away or words to that effect.

Well I’ve gone away and I’m not coming back until we get a fundamental change.

I’m tempted to go on and talk about rearranging the chairs on the Titanic as the band plays on and wireless operators Jack Phillips and Harold Bride stopped sending CQD MGY…CQD MGY and switched to the newly approved SOS SOS SOS…

…but I won’t

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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