"Thanks for your message - yes I'm going to try and make the mayoral debate on the 22nd, it certainly is a hot topic and should be an interesting discussion.
Hopefully meet you there - best wishes - Graham"
RSA Bristol Network Event February 2012 Wednesday 22 February 2012, 6.30pmBristol City Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR Bristolians will be asked to vote for or against the idea of a directly elected Mayor in May 2012, in a local referendum proposed in the Government’s Localism Bill. Replacing the present Councillors plus Cabinet system in the City Council with a directly elected Mayor would represent the biggest upheaval to local democracy since the dissolution of Avon County…See More
"Update on this Bristol directly elected mayor debate project:I am proposing that the Bristol RSA network provide practical and, via West of England regional or Catalyst funding, financial support for a public debate about a month before Bristolians…"
"Thanks, Simon. There are now 19 of us on this page thing, & hopefully we'll all be kept up to date whenever one of us posts a 'comment' or factual record of decision, request for action, whatever. Which at least one of us…"
"Ref David's message: David, the meeting now set for at least some of us - and I'm glad you're coming - was intended for the informally-constituted steering group of the Bristol RSA network, members of which have organised the…"
"I can get to the Arnolfini bar at 6.30 on 4th May, and would like to report briefly on progress achieved on the directly elected mayor debate project, & discuss Catalyst funding that might be useful for it. But besides the next Fellows meeting…"
"Thanks, Sue. Seems clear we need more formal communications, hence more formal organisation, for the steering group. Sorry to hear about Katie's ankle. 6.30 at Arnolfini bar on 4th May is do-able for me, but I think bar is not ideal for…"
"What the...? I turned up about 10 mins late to find no-one at Bush Hse but three others having arrived and left before me - including Simon and Annie . Very sorry to have mentioned on these pages what I'd heard via email just after the…"
Phil Winterton and I have met and discussed this project, with general agreement between us on the parameters of the debate(s) that could be held, and the actors who could usefully be involved - including local party politicians likely to be active in a putative mayoral election, local politics academics (UWE, Bristol Univ), maybe quango/political association/think tank representatives (e.g. the LGA), a local 'great-and-good' business leader (such as Nick Sturge of the IoD etc), some of whom…See More
"Think Simon's right - For a truly Bristolian ideas fest to work would require a combination of home-grown endeavour (largely unlike the present Bristol FoI) and sufficient star quality to draw an audience, which the Cafe of Ideas people confess…"
"David, I happened to be online, so:
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Have now heard 15.02 Bristol RSA Fellowship steering grp meeting will be at Hub on 3rd flr of Bush Hse, rather than in Arnolfini bar below - tho' it may transfer there in due course ...
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