I greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded to respond, and have free speech exerted in a way that is slowly trickling away from our society.
We should first make assessment of whether Councillors are able to do the job before we take into account if they care enough to do the job. Politics has little to do with a Councillor’s minor, superficial photo-opportunity community work, and everything to do with the handling of our community via policies. Action through policies dictate who truly cares.
“Our ideas emerge out of the ground of our actions.” Friedrich Nietzsche.
Psychologically, this quote demonstrates that if our actions are not working then the ideas that drive our actions are flawed. Meaning we must then change our ideas to formulate better actions.
And so, I wish to address Cllr Scopes’ ideology on the Managed Zone which is to endlessly push a flawed system because he sees no other solution. These were his words, “Overall, the reason I currently support the Managed Approach, despite its faults, is that I don’t see a better way of tackling this long-term issue.” This from a local elected councillor running our community! How can we trust the local elect to do better when their admission is to keep a faulty system because they personally lack the intellect to find a solution?
More shocking is that this is also an assumption that nobody else has a solution, or to not simply try different approaches, continually, until the correct protocol presents itself.
The audacity of him publicly stating this in a local paper shows his ineptitude. He outright says that he is incapable of handling the situation, and then contradicts this by supporting MZ. In essence this is what is being said, “I don’t know what to do, so I support it.” This is the most offensively idiotic statement I have ever heard come from a Councillor’s mouth.
Local elected Councillors lack the intellectual fortitude to admit when a mistake has been made, unless a mistake was made by opposition. This alone demonstrates that the elect do not have our community held as priority, but that their own meagre, pitiful existence as people with power over others is of the utmost important concern.
Admitting a flawed solution and still supporting it is not how you determine the validity of any solution to any problem.
If the MZ is designed to take a problem and make it better, rather than fix it completely, it is realistic. But let us be clear, trying to make things better is not the same as continuing to use a fault ridden process, you have to take other factors into account …
The Automobile Analogy:
The automobile’s fundamental purpose is to take you from point A to point B, that is what they were designed to do. But purpose does not take consequence into account. The automobile also brought about the complete transformation of cities, the demolition of rural communities, and the destruction of the atmosphere. This singular minded opinion is what is devastating the lives of society. You can’t say, “Oh, we left something out! Oops!” Singular opinion means you gain something, but lose a multitude.
The other problem, which is the pragmatic problem, is: solution at the cost of what?
It is dangerous, as far as I’m concerned, to consider a solution independent of its effect on the community.
Gravity is a truth, we all agree that gravity is true, it is fact. Gravity is an explanation. It is a solution to the problem of why we don’t float off into outer-space. If we cannot agree on something, in this case the Managed Zone, then it is not a truth, and therefore not a solution. Councillors fall back on, “You can’t please everybody.” Well, that’s not true. If, like gravity, the solution is embedded in truth, in terms of accepted fact, then it must work, not just in theory, but in action.
The Managed Zone is a flawed ideology held by a few. It is an uninformed singular opinion, and therefore a damaging process, masquerading as a benevolent solution. It is merely a quick-fix. A band-aid on a bullet wound. It is not only NOT an answer to a problem, but is part of, and or, adds to the problem. It is a poorly constructed attempt to condense something complex down to a minimum, and not an attempt to get to the root of the issue in order to prevent it.
Should we have a Managed Zone for drugs? How about theft? You cannot solve a problem by legalising it. These vulnerable women of our community need help getting off the streets, not easier access onto them. Services to help sex workers were in place long before MZ, the only difference now is that LCC and the police ‘manage’ the area. The common term for someone who manages prostitutes is ‘Pimp’.
Do Councillors care? I don`t think these policies are brought in through lack of empathy, just that unthinking, blinkered, out-of-touch thought patterns promote the Councillor’s “We know best,” mentality. Someone who truly cares would not just ask for public opinion, not just listen … but take action. We see through poorly thought-out policies that Councillors are dictating to the people on behalf of LCC, when the Councillor’s job is to give the LCC the thoughts of the people.
There will be no admission of failure in response to this article, only condemnation of it because it challenges … or no response at all. Anyone with opposing views are seen as opposition. Empathy should extend to all, not just a select few.
This post was written by Dr Jordan Oaks (a resident of Holbeck)
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