I am a
cynic skeptic. When I see this in the Public Excluded Finance and Policy agenda
I smell a rat. This issue was raised under Urgent Business by Pottinger at the 6 September Finance and Policy meeting.
Don’t forget that Boniface was a director on EIL and Chair of F&P that oversees Holdco’s role. He knew what this was about. He asked me on September 3 if I got ‘my Annual Report’. He knew Pottinger and I had both been chasing it up.
Obviously, I am the ‘member of the public’. After trying to get the document, I told Pottinger of my difficulty. They had me quite confused! I was reading the Statement Of Intent, the Constitution, legislation and getting different dates. I rang the Powernet/EIL offices and was told their end of year was 30 June but documents told me differently. Pottinger, in following up for me, relayed that there was legislation that allowed them extra time. That turned out to be wrong information from the council staff member.
So the end result was that an explanation will be provided. Why is that explanation coming to the table in Public Excluded, though? I hope it is contested and remains in the public arena. How can the problem be raised in public and the response be in public excluded? It looks like a cover-up of their ongoing ineptness. And what negotiations can there be? You don’t negotiate legislation and your compliance.
This, of course, raises another issue. Who gets to vote on this?