To deal with the latter first. I felt the 'yes' speakers performed better than the 'no' speakers and I particularly warmed to Issan Ghazni, Chairman of Nottingham Liberal Democrats. Graham Chapman coped well with periodic outbursts of frustration from 'yes' supporters in the audience who, thanks to a good chairman in the shape of Charles Walker from the Nottingham Post, never got out of hand. Mick Newton from the Nottingham 'Yes' Campaign seemed overwhelmed and hesitant at times. Tony Eggington, the present elected Mayor of Mansfield was on the stage in the absence of a comparable Nottingham politician willing to speak in support of the 'yes' argument (why else bring an outsider into what is, essentially, a city matter?). Eggington has all the bearing of someone used to being the centre of attention and was the first to turn on another member of the panel.
I think it fair to say the arguments were well rehearsed and little new was said, although I did leave thinking the Post had been given their headline from a heated exchange between a businessman in the audience and Chapman. In fact they went with a very tame headline in the Kindle edition and on their website: 'Complex issues in debate behind the simple Yes and No'. All I intend to add is what caught my attention during the debate.
to be continued later... as I now have to go and do dinner.
In the meantime, some pics from the park on this very wet and cold 1st May, which I took at about 5pm when I went to lock up the toilets and park pavilion.
National news today:
More than 4,500 pupils were off school again yesterday as members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) went on strike for the third time over the city council's plan for a five-term year.