This week alone Cllr Paperclips and I have dealt with 23 calls or emails from Associations outside the West Kent Group asking for support; from IT help, to printing and design, to guidance on rules and selections, to help with by elections and delivery. All demand their "independence" even though many clearly lack the most basic campaign, leadership and management skills.
In some cases we know the Association is keen to learn and is using us as a stepping stone to greater knowledge. But in too many cases we are simply being used as a crutch to prop up a failing organisation. In one case an Association with over 700 members actually emailed CCHQ to ask if West Kent could deliver their leaflets as they had no one local to do it. It would be amusing if it wasn't so tragic.
I appreciate the Party Board doesn't want a fight, but with office comes responsibility. And that includes responsibility to meet the basic minimum standards required of an Association Officer. If you don't have the skills, hand over to someone who does.
Here end the rant of a tired and irritated agent!