Tuesday 3 January 2012

C&RT Election - my 150 word mini manifesto

Why vote for Capt Ahab (Andy Tidy) in the C&RT Council Elections?
3rd January 2012

Its the first business day of 2012 and what better day to get all those forms off to the C&RT offices?

I have prepared my "mini manifesto" but trying to say who I am, what I am and what I can bring to the party all in 150 words must represent a new sport - extreme precis!

Captain Ahab aka Andy Tidy doing what he loves best!

Well, having chopped and changed my statement for the last couple of weeks here it is:

Andy Tidy, Author of website "Captain Ahab's Watery Tales"

My passion for boating dates from the "dirty ditches" of the 1960's to the magnificent system of today. I have travelled widely on our narrowboat Wand'ring Bark, and it has been said that canal water flows through my veins!  

Professionally, I oversee operational integrity within a multinational business, shaping policy, strategy and applying a commercial approach to planning.

If elected I will approach this Council role as an enthusiast and a professional, combining 30 years of commercial experience with a 40 year passion for our waterways. It's crucial that the C&RT strikes the right balance between the needs of the various user groups, particularly the boaters who must remain core to its operation. I will take a critical view of commercial and strategic aspects of the Trust's proposals and plans.

 I would be honoured to represent the boating community. 

This little statement, and those like it from the other candidates, is all you get to chose who represents the boating community on the C&RT Council. Not a lot to go on is it?

I have had a look at some of the other statements kicking around in the public domain and my distinguishing feature, my USP if you like, is that I am an enthusiast first and foremost. Whilst I don't currently sit on any canal related committees, I do get plenty of experience in that direction at work. However, I believe that the getting the strategy of C&RT right is absolutely essential, hence my desire form part of the C&RT's inaugural overseeing body.

I guess that this is the official start of my campaign, not that it will be quite like the Presidential Primaries in the USA!. If I am to represent the ordinary boater I will need votes from boating community, which is where you come in. I would like to say an enormous thank you to all those who offered or actually did fill in the Sponsor forms to allow me to enter the election. The papers have been collated and sent to Watford.

If, having read this, you would consider supporting me can I ask you to spread the word by e-mail, facebook or text or however please? With few boats moving at this time of year communicating with other boaters is difficult, so using personal recommendations and pointing 'floating boaters' in the direction of my blog and my name on the ballot paper would be a great help.

Oh - one small thing to bear in mind. Most people know me a Captain Ahab and I frequently hear cries of Aye Aye Captian from the towpath, but Capt Ahab won't be appearing on the ballot paper. If you want to vote for me when polling opens on the 8th February, you will need to look for me under my real name: Andrew (or Andy) Tidy. 

The papers will be listed alphabetically by surname, so its back to schooldays with me way  down at the end of the list! Nev Wells (nb Waterlilly) knows exactly how that feels....


Halfie said...

By my counting you've come in under to the tune of two words, but, hey, concise is better than verbose in my book. Perhaps you could sign off with your name again (if it's not too late!) On the other hand I might easily have miscounted. Hope all goes well with your campaign.

When will you reveal the winner of the photos (yesterday's post)?

Amy said...

Good luck!
I posted a tweet on twitter about your manifesto, and someone asked if you have a Twitter account, suggesting that they'd be more inclined to vote for you if you did! But I can't find reference to one?

Unknown said...

Brilliant Andy we' re with you all the way.

Unknown said...

Brilliant Andy we' re with you all the way.

Mr T said...

Hi Andy

I have been following your blog for a while, after the recomendation from Sue on no problem. As a naive 'boater' with only a 1/12th share at the moment, can I vote? If I can, how do I do so?

Hope you have a successful new year!


Brian and Diana on NB Harnser said...

Good luck Andy but I am guessing the person with the most second votes will win.

Andy Tidy said...

Halfie - you are right but the ERS are sticklers for accuracy so I left two words spare to avoid being chopped off!
Amy - Belle tweets but I have concluded its not my medium. Too instant and too brief! I will stick with blogging.
Gill and Graham - thanks
Charlie - I'm glad you like the blog. Its one vote per boat so have a word with your license holder / syndicate leader.
Brian - I read that explanation on CWDF and was a bit baffled!

DaveD said...

Only the chairman of our boat syndicate can vote as the licence is in his name, but I like the manifesto.

Harryman said...

Anyone who can do all that and quality diy joinery too gets my vote! Best o' luck

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Cap'n, sorry Andy!

My (sorry our) votes are with you, will dig the papers out tomorrow..

We need boaters not floaters, so go for it :-)


Anonymous said...

Could you please name the multinational business you work for or at least indicate the nature of the business?

Andy Tidy said...

I have worked for HSBC for 33 years - but its only till I decide what to do with my life!

Llosgi said...

Thanks Andy!