Bedtime for Democracy Part 2 @Lewes FC

The Battle of Lewes 1264 was a building block to the formation of our Parliament.

Sadly at the progressive Lewes FC we have adopted a less democratic model, more akin to that of a more dictatorial approach.

Just under a year ago two of the founders of fan owned Lewes FC had to stand for re election.

They are acknowledged as the driving force behind the club. It has been mentioned numerous times in the public domain without being refuted that they bankroll the club.

When they created the current fan owned model they promised self sustainability. Fail. Massive fail. 2015/6 accounts are dismal

They promised transparency and openness.

Let’s examine the transparency and openness, something I have argued for ages is simply a bogus claim.

So Dobres and Ramsden stood on the platform of introducing budget parity for men and women. A massive thumbs down was achieved from the fans with zero room for any other interpretation. We assumed it has been dropped then all of a sudden July 2017 it is presented as policy. A fait accompli. No fan consultation apart from a lip service meeting with a handful of volunteers two days before it was announced.

Although Lewes has 1200 members, Dobres and Ramsden are the two who members bank roll the club. Fans are aware if they are not on the Board they may cease to bank roll the club. Turkeys for Christmas and all that. These two members proposed the reforms and without consulting the fans at all it has been passed into club policy. This smacks of poor form. Very poor form.

To add to that they were elected on a 20% turnout. The inevitability of the result a possible deterrent.

It was suggested by one sensible Director the gravity of the parity issue should be voted on by the membership.

Clearly not. Of course a purist will say our constitution means they are elected and therefore are mandated to make these decisions.

Surely the fact that members of the Board are elected on such a low turnout, indeed some Board members have taken their place unopposed, would naturally mean the issue would be referred to the membership ? Surely such a tenuous democracy demands it ?

Furthermore. Last weekend I contacted a Board member asking for minutes of Board Meetings so I could reference the minutes for something I am writing. The Board legally do not have to do so but many Board’s do for the sake of transparency and openness

Disgracefully Lewes FC would not allow me access to these important minutes. I asked the Board member, who has always been helpful to me, if he could at least let me know the vote outcome on the issue. There wasn’t one

There has not been a formal vote on anything for at least 18 months. It was suggested voting may cause conflict. Things are discussed through.

Not very democratic, healthy, open or transparent. Despicable