Unfortunately the Druid was prevented from attending last night's Executive Question Time due to family obligations, however two commenters report that it was very sparsely attended indeed:
"I hear 15 members of the public turned up and were massively outnumbered by the Exec. and staff...and 1 press rep.
I hear CMcG performed very well on his feet and came over as sincere and committed.
The others who spoke, likewise.
This team deserves support to succeed.
But the apathy of the public by their absence was conspicuous, I hear."
"Well, I turned up at Llangefni, half-expecting an angry mob, to find about 30 cars at 6:50pm (meeting started at 7pm). Five more cars turned up over the next five minutes, but about five left as the office cleaning staff finished for the night!
So, there were at least 10 cars belonging to the New Order executive, which leaves, erm, a mere handful of the public as attendees.
The last time the meetings had a poor turnout they called it a 'good turnout' and mentioned how incredibly cold it was. So, with a lovely warm summer's evening, they'll still call it a good turnout and say how very warm and sunny it was. It's the kind of logic we're all very used to here.
Personally? I left. They're not worthy of the extra legitimacy another person would add to their hopeless grouping. The people of Anglesey have clearly had enough and are treating the meetings with contempt."
If any other commenters attended the meeting please do post below a description of what happened.
Considering that both Anglesey and the Council itself are facing very dire straights, the meeting would no doubt have been better attended had the Council made more of an effort to publicise it beyond just announcing it on its website. The amount of comments this blog generates proves that low attendance is not due to voter apathy. The Executive should be praised for making themselves available in this way, but there is little point in carrying out these kinds of exercises if nobody attends...
UPDATE: The always well informed 'Dylan' did attend and reports on the goings on in the Chamber:
"I was surprised and disappointed that there were so few present in last night's meeting - 15 sounds about right.
The moderator is needed - she is independant of the council and the new board and is well able to press for answers if they are not forthcoming. It probably is costly to have her - but worth it if these meetings are to continue. And she was very fair last night in ensuring the public got to speak.
CM gave a very assured performance as did Social services portfolio holder. The others - Bob Parry and John Chortlon - had only been in their new posts for one day and could not be expected to be fluent on their topics. Both have the ability to grasp the details, however.
Very little detail emerged as to how the new group was put in place - though after some prodding by me about the 'informal' board we got to know that the WAG is happy with its being.
All in all a good meeting. "