Speech to the Municipal District Council of Amsterdam Old-West on September 23th 2003
COPYRIGHT J. P. Krol 2003

 

THANK YOU CHAIRMAN,

MY NAME IS JAN PETER KROL, FROM THE BO

I'M MAY SPEAK ABOUT AGENDA POINTS 11 (RVO-SDR) AND 12 (REGULATION RC)

I RESTRICT MYSELF TO ARTICLE 21 IN BOTH.

 

I HAVE UNDERSTANDING FOR THE FACT THAT THE SPEAKERS PROCEDURES FOR CITIZENS HAVE TO BE CHANGED.

BUT, IN FACT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TAKE AWAY THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO SPEAK IN  MEETINGS OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE.

THE SPEAKERS RIGHT CAN ULTIMATELY BE LIMITED TO HEARINGS.

MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT HEARINGS HAVE NO REAL MEANING.

I HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO EXPLAIN THIS TO THE COUNCIL ON MANY OCCASIONS AND WILL ELABORATE ON THIS IN AN EXTENSIVE CITY DISTRICT COUNCIL ADDRESS AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

AS FAR AS I'M AWARE THERE IS NO RVO FOR HEARINGS.

IN ANY CASE THIS IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT, THEREFOR NOTHING SENSIBLE CAN BE SAID ABOUT CHANGES IN ARTICLE 21.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE PRESENT FORM WOULD BE THE WORST ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY I HAVE WITNESSED SO FAR.

THIS ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY COULD PERHAPS BE COMPENSATED BY TAKING CITY COUNCIL ADDRESSES BY CITIZENS EVEN MORE SERIOUS.

STATUTORY REGULATIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL ADDRESSES MUST BE MADE FOR THIS.

THEY MUST INCLUDE MUTUALLY BINDING RULINGS ABOUT THE DEADLINE FOR PRESENTING THE COUNCIL ADDRESS.

WHEN THE ADDRESS IS PRESENTED BEFORE THIS DEADLINE DATE IT MUST BE MADE PART OF THE DOCUMENTS FOR THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING.

THE ADDRESS MUST CONTAIN A MUTUALLY COMMITTING SUMMARY OF 25 WORDS.

WITH THE COMMITTING SUMMARY THE AUTHOR COMMITS HIMSELF THAT IT CONTAINS THE ABSOLUTE ESSENCE OF HIS ADDRESS .

THE PERSON OR THE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPARING THE DOCUMENTS FOR THE COUNCIL MEETING ARE COMMITTED TO INCLUDE THIS COMMITTING SUMMARY IN THE RELEVANT SECTION CONTAINING THE SUMMARIES OF DOCUMENTS PRESENTED FOR THE MEETING.

THIS PROCEDURE WILL ACHIEVE THAT THE COUNCIL HAS REALLY HAD A CHANCE TO ACQUAINT ITSELF WITH THE ESSENCE OF THE ADDRESS AS INTENDED BY THE AUTHOR.

THE COUNCIL MEMBERS CAN THEN TRULY AND PERSONALLY BE CONSIDERED RESPONSIBLE FOR DELEGATING DEALING WITH THE ADDRESS TO OTHERS.

THE AUTHOR CAN VERIFY THIS BECAUSE HE CAN RECEIVE THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN TIME. WHEN THERE IS A MUTUALLY COMMITTING DEADLINE FOR THE COUNCIL MEETING.

THANK YOU CHAIRMAN.

PLEASE NOTE : A SIMPLIFIED EXPLANATION OF SOME OF THE TERMS USED WILL FOLLOW FOR THE GENERAL INTERNET PUBLIC.

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