Yes I know you couldn't wait for the next election special, so here it is - a few questions I'd like to pose to Mike Rolfe. They are straight off the top of my head in order to try and stimulate a bit of discussion and I'm sure he'd welcome more if readers care to submit them.
Before you ask, there's little point in posing questions of Ian Lawrence because he doesn't even acknowledge the blog. Sad, but a fact. Incidentally, it's simply outrageous in my view that he is able to stifle meaningful debate by not providing any suitable dates to appear at branch meetings as under union rules, all candidates have to be present.
Questions to Mike Rolfe
1. Seeing as you stood as a candidate in the General Election last year, is it correct to assume you still have Parliamentary aspirations and could simply be 'off' should another be called any time soon?
2. Given the absence of knowledge regarding probation, are you a team player able to listen, learn, take advice and possibly even direction from practitioners at all levels within the profession and union?
3. Are you someone who is comfortable in recognising your weaknesses as well as strengths and hence able to delegate meaningfully to suitably experienced colleagues in appropriate circumstances?
4. In some quarters there is a suspicion that you might have an agenda that includes the short to medium term aim of the union possibly splitting and/or merging with another. Is this an unwarranted view?