He launched it in 2012. “Carbon Literacy” was going to be rolled out to everyone who lived worked or studied in Manchester (that’s a million people). There would be an online component and face to face training. And what example did the glorious leader set?
He didn’t do the online training in 2013.
He didn’t do the face-to-face training in 2013.
He watched on his Executive Member for the Environment set a target that 60 councillors would do it by the end of 2014 (they achieved … 23)
He didn’t do the online training in 2014.
He didn’t do the face-to-face training in 2014.
(He did however announce a monthly Environmental Dashboard that, erm, didn’t exist, forcing a climbdown by officers.)
He didn’t do the online training in 2015.
He didn’t do the face-to-face training in 2015.
He didn’t do the online training in 2016.
He didn’t do the face-to-face training in 2016.
But then, mirabile dictu, on May 8, 2017 – five months after MCFly started a process of ‘rolling FoIA requests‘ about the carbon literacy status of council members – Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council since 1996, did both elements of his carbon literacy training.
A FoIA has been submitted covering how many members, and senior bureaucrats have done their training between May 2 and September 2017. Let’s hope Leese didn’t use up all his power and cred on helping Amina Lone keep her councillor seat (subs, please check this).
Watch this space.
Now all you need to do is to persuade the Hon. MP for Blackley and Broughton – who I believe is a member of Lord Lawson’s ‘Global Warming Policy Foundation’ – to do some carbon literacy training. Or is he a lost cause?