Friday, January 14, 2011

The Alternative Vote Referendum

I've started to have a think about the AV referendum in May. I've been disappointed so far that I've not seen any wide-ranging discussion about a possible change in our voting system.

My instinct has been to support Alternative Vote, but I'm happy to change my mind in a public debate. I just want to see a public debate. I haven't seen one yet. I feel like this is a pretty important issue and we need a proper debate about it.

I've had a look at the Yes campaign and the No campaign websites. I did so with a reasonably open mind, but I have to say the arguments of the No campaign are absolutely rubbish. They keep talking some people having their votes counted more than others. But this is misleading nonsense. Under AV some people's votes may be physically counted by the vote counters on the night more than once, but everyone still only gets one vote. A person's vote will only be counted again if their first choice is eliminated. It seems to me to be intentionally misleading to say that some votes get counted more under AV.

I'd like to see the BBC or some other media give an objective survey of the issues on their website, but I couldn't find anything.

But I'd like to see a debate.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Management vs Leadership

"Management is a set of processes that can keep a complicated system of people and technology running smoothly. The most important aspects of management include planning, budgeting, organising, staffing, controlling, and problem solving.

Leadership is a set of processes that creates organisations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances. Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen despite the obstacles."

John Kotter



The problem with British Unitarianism, locally and nationally, is that we do management rather than leadership.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Bank Street Unitarian Chapel on Twitter and Facebook

Happy New Year!

My new year's resolution is to for my congregation to reach out to more people than we have before. As such I've finally given in and started a Twitter account @BoltonUnitarian. Please note this is not my personal Twitter account, but the congregation's. This blog remains my own thoughts and reflections. But the Twitter is for Bank Street Unitarian Chapel.

While I'm at it I've also created a Facebook page for Bank Street Unitarian Chapel, Bolton. Feel free to like it.