BLING: Nuatali Nelmes with Jackie Gillies, who now holds the key to … not sure.GOT the keys to the city, baaaaabbbbyyyy. So sang Cold Chisel in Saturday Night. But the city Barnesy was screeching about had more than one key. Plural keys.
He was probably referring to Sydney – that’d be right, bloody Sydney would have taken every other regional city in NSW’s key so they’ve got heaps of keys to their city.
The key to the city implies a singular key, as opposed to a key to the city, which signifies more key availability than a grand piano.
Did some people get their knickers inaknot about Jackie Gillies getting the key to the city or what?
Now I love a highfalutin beat-up as much as the next bored bloke looking to foster a bout of premium faux outrage, but the verbal hand grenades lobbed at the lord mayor over “Keygate” are what might be referred to in military terms as a disproportionate response.
Not since Rolf Harris’s pink and gold star was removed from public view at Marketown’s walk of fame have so many Novocastrian computer screens been showered in spittle.
One of the leaders of the outrage on radio was Councillor Allan Robinson, who seems always available to unload on the lord mayor when the media are looking for a space to fill.
A Current Affair provided him with a national platform to yell “it’s a disgrace” into the television camera some months ago because he was cross about some lord mayoral expenses.
I was quite disappointed that A Current Affair didn’t do a story on Cr Robinson’s run-ins with environmental protectors and his $1000 fine last October for illegally burning demolition waste. Now that’s a disgrace!
The key to the city is a publicity thing. It’s not a major award, really.
If nothing else, at least people now know about the key to the city.
The key is on the map. World class smart city key on the map.
What made my personal spittle tank erupt was the way interim chief executive of Newcastle City Council Jeremy Bath responded to my questions about the key to the city.
This is the way of the modern corporatocracy – media get asked to submit written questions and the questions are then ignored. But you will receive a PR puff piece about diddly squat.
I asked the interim CEO how a recipient of a key to the city is determined, who makes the decision, ifthere is a list of all persons who have the key to the city (just in case I want to borrow it and take Newcastle for run up to Crescent Head one long weekend), if there is a way to nominate a person for a key to the city, what can a person “do” with a key to the city and what is the purpose of the “key to the city”?
All legitimate questions to better understand the concept.
I received a response from the interim CEO with waffle about ambassadors, multiple recipients soon to be announced, a defence of Jackie Gillies and a suggestion to celebrate all recipients of the keys to the city.
The response suggests he didn’t bother reading the questions I posed.
Corporatocracy in motion.
But he did say keys. As in plural.
I wonder if Barnesy will add to his collection of keys come November? Baaaaabbbbyyyy.
I won’t bother asking the interim CEO.
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