Comment 67920

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted August 12, 2011 at 10:11:49

After reading some of the follow up pieces to this debacle, I've come to the conclusion that, yes, there is a strong possibility that this email has been blown a bit out of proportion and that the reshuffling of staff was well known ahead of time to coincide with the end of this phase of the study. Where things have gone wrong, I believe, is with Mayor Bratina. Mr Murray has finally returned from his vacation to calm the waters and provide some measure of clarity, something which the Mayor seemed unwilling to do. Rather, Mayor Bratina responded to the backlash against the perceived diminishing of the importance of the LRT study with derision, condescension, presenting false alternatives (GO vs LRT rather than GO AND LRT), red herrings and ad hominem attacks against "bloggers" and so forth. In other words, instead of providing clarity and calm, the Mayor got his back up and went on the defensive when he should have simply changed the framing of the message being presented on LRT.

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