Malcolm wrote, about the AGM - > ..... people make very good points and then in the > main the delegates vote as they have been instructed by their branches.
<snip> > If overseas members want a quick fix to having a lack of representation > at the Exec / AGM, then they only need to join a branch; ....
Do branch delegates and representatives of overseas branches in fact vote
as instructed by their branches or agreed in their branch committees, or
do they vote according to their own personal opinions?
As a member of a branch, if I feel strongly on a current hot topic, I can
make my feelings known to members of my branch committee and I could find
out where my branch committee stands after they have discussed the issue,
but can I be sure that my branch's delegate votes in the Exec Council/AGM
according to our branch committee's standpoint?
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that
either Option 2 or 3 would give us some direct input to decisions whereas
Option 1 maintains a situation where even the branches may not be
Please note I am not casting aspersions on the current delegates, just
trying to get the process clear!