Call for Citizens’ Assembly to help rebuild the Isle of Wight post-Covid

A Citizens’ Assembly is a representative group of residents who are selected at random from the population to learn about, deliberate upon, and make recommendations in relation to a particular issue or set of issues

People sat around a table for a meeting

At tonight’s Isle of Wight council meeting (starting at 5pm) Cllr Michael Lilley will be presenting a motion to establish a Citizens’ Assembly.

A Citizens’ Assembly is a representative group of residents who are selected at random from the population to learn about, deliberate upon, and make recommendations in relation to a particular issue or set of issues

Cllr Lilley’s motion reads:

This Council recognises the huge commitment by residents Island-wide in volunteering to support the community and most vulnerable in 2020 during and throughout Covid-19.

In recognition of this important community involvement the Council will work Island-wide with Town and Parish Councils, voluntary sector and the 26 IW Covid-19 Community Response Hubs in establishing an IW 100 Citizens’ assembly to discuss the recovery and rebuilding of the Island post Covid-19.

This assembly to be truly representative of the diverse Island Community representing age, gender, geography, diversity, disability and social-economic sections of our community.

See the agenda for the meeting to find out what else will be considered and voted upon.

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Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 9:18am

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7 Comments on "Call for Citizens’ Assembly to help rebuild the Isle of Wight post-Covid"

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Geoff Brodie

Not sure how a random selection can be representative of the Island population. Surely if it was to be representative there would have to be a very specific selection.

longford

The problem is the assembly would be drawn from the same pool of idiots who voted for this government, so we will probably be no further forward.

Tamara

I love this idea, but how does it work? I don’t understand how randomly selected citizens can be persuaded to take part in deliberation that is designed, by its very nature, to take time and effort. Many Islanders don’t even vote.

peterj

If only we had some existing mechanism with which citizens could choose their representatives to make decisions on their behalf.

chrisofwight
Isn’t a representative group of residents exactly what the IW Council is supposed to be, as well as elected Parish Councils who can communicate ground level local views through their IW Councillor? And, in both their cases, like them or loathe them, we actually get to choose them! To me, this smacks of talking shop with no powers or responsibilities and just being done to tick the… Read more »
Angela Hewitt
Do we want our future dictated by a random group? The only advantage is that they won’t be a group of egotists with power gone to their heads, but give it time and they will soon become part of the establishment. May be they are changed every 6 months. It will give the person paid to run the project something to do. It sounds very much like… Read more »
Walter Sobchak

More Tickbox nonsense.
Similar to the concepts of “consult = ignore”.
Say what you will about the tenets of our beloved ‘David Vaughan and the Ickes” but at least it’s an ethos!