Archive for August, 2008

Manly independents?

August 26, 2008

This election will be one of the most fiercly contested in Manly’s history. With 8 groups, 1 ungrouped candidate, and 9 mayoral candidates it is vital that voters look closely at each group.

I would suggest we start with the curiously named Manly Independents.

I mention this curiosity, as far from being truly independent, they are actually a registered political party. This requires them to have a certain membership level, party rules and funding.

It is completely the opposite of the original free thinking independent candidate .

Their ticket is headed by current mayor Peter MacDonald, although their mayoral candidate is Barbara Aird, who appears second on the ticket. No folks, this is not a typo. It is a cynical political move that has revealed the true power structure of the ticket.

You see, when a Mayor is directly elected, the subsequent winner of that election CANNOT be elected as a Councillor. Clearly, Manly Independents are not confident of reaching 2 full quotas (Who, apart from the Liberal Party, could possibly expect 2 full quota’s with 8 groups running?) and so will try and gain three spots on Council by winning the Mayoralty (worth a quota in real terms), getting Dr. MacDonald elected from the above the line votes, and taking the mayoral quota for their third candidate.

Feeling confused? If you answered yes, then Manly Independents have done their job.

I perused their website, at and discovered very little in the way of forward thinking, progressive policy. It appearred to be full of escuses for the myriad of things that have gone wrong during the last term of council, including the Corso refurbishment, Corso Dining and ever rising rates.

It’s probably worth mentioning that Manly Independents (under a different name) currently control council, and have done since 2003. In that time, the foul stench of corruption has lingered over the council, and a fortnight ago I presented irrefutable proof that the Manly Independents controlled council lied to the public regarding their connections with Culligans Water.

So, in summary Manly Independents have done very little to move Manly forward since they took over, and now seek yet another term to lie to the public, mismanage major projects, and swell GM Henry Wong’s bank account.

My advice…..don’t give it to them.

Coming up next – SOS Manly (AKA Tim Fiddes while Manly Burns)