Tags: Adele White, Auckland Council, David Collings, Howick Local Board, Jim Donald, Lucy Schwaner, Michael Williams, Shirley Warren
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum, Caesar got rinsed
Published on January 22nd, 2013
Written by: Cameron Slater
Last night was a delight to behold politically, deep in Pakuranga. I haven’t enjoyed a political meeting like that in quite sometime.
A tin pot dictator got rinsed. It took three hours but the momentum through the night built and built and built and still the dictator tried it on…only in the face of certain defeat did he through in the towel and move to remove the motion from the paper…a gutless cowardly end to a night of even more gutlessness and cowardice from Michael Williams and his band of dupes.
In the end Caesar was in fact stabbed by Brutus, as I predicted.
The evening started by a move of venue. The original venue was too small and was inundated by 5:30pm. Eventually around 200 people showed up to witness a good old-fashioned political shellacking.
The first order of business in the standing room only hall was the presentation of a petition organised by Jami-lee Ross with 821 signatures supporting Adele White. Jami-lee Ross spoke for ten minutes strongly and forcefully, making several strong points including using Steve Udy’s quote describing Michael Williams as having a Caesar Complex. He finished to a standing ovation after mentioning road safety several times.
Then 12 citizens who had asked to speak, one after the other stood and spoke and all spoke in favour of the work of Adele White, and against the cowardly bullying of Michael Williams and his group of other cowards. They were all very strong speakers and some directly attacked the actions of Michael Williams and Jim Donald.
David Collings added drama by endlessly raising points of order against Michael Williams and eventually proposed a motion to be added to the original motion. He tried to also add a motion to debate the recent news of Michael Williams drunk driving but Williams pals saw that off.
Once debate got to the main motion plus the additional Collings motion it got very testy…several times Williams lost control of the meeting with one particular old dear intent on holding the floor…which she did for lengthy amounts of time. The audience roundly castigated Williams every time he hid behind procedure or tried to bully people into silence. Open mockery was the order of the day, and many placard calling Williams a bully were waved constantly.
Adele White spoke with passion and thanked the hundreds there supporting her. She finished up her speech with an outstanding sledge where she referred to fellow board member Shirley Warren’s previous role as Michael Williams’ play centre teacher. She said she was sorry to tell Mrs Warren that she didn’t do a good job with Mr Williams because “He doesn’t share his toys and he doesn’t play nicely.”
The crowd roared with approval.
Williams, was the only one to speak in support of his motion and used his speaking time to attack other board members focussing on attendance and pointedly attacking Lucy Schwaner for a 27% attendance record…they were trumped up figures of optional meetings, her attendance at required meetings is 75%, he also neglected to mention that during that time her mother had passed away and she had had a baby. It was a scurrilous and cowardly attack that only a bully would make.
The vote came for the Collings amendment which had to be voted on first…and Williams group evaporated, after sitting there most of the night in shame, they ebbed away quietly. The vote for Collings amendment was won 6-3 and then Williams, finally after 3 hours of embarrassment moved a motion to remove the original motion trying to remove Adele White as deputy chair. The vote was passed unanimously and Williams’ play against his deputy chair was over in a stunning defeat.
Jim Donald was the only one who rose to speak and barely did. It couldn’t really be counted as support. All night Michael Williams bullied people, hide behind procedure and when confronted with a howling mob eventually cut and run. He was almost the same as Jim Trott in Vicar of Dibley.
If Michael Williams was an honourable man he would resign today. He failed utterly and has no integrity and no shame.
Go Caesar, go now, before the mob gets angry.