Political and other manipulations… March 23, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I should say that these types of manoeuvres are not at all confined to the left – they are common wherever people act collectively. I have a management book with a chapter devoted to using such tactics to manipulate a company board and I recently attended a meeting given by the head of Science Foundation Ireland, in which he skilfully deployed a sequence of orchestrated interventions from representatives of state agencies in order to defuse a rebellion against his policy by a room full of senior scientists.
Years ago at a meeting in an educational institution where I was the students union general secretary I remember while sitting in the hall listening to the head of the institution fend off various attacks by staff being asked by a staff union rep to ask a question. Like a fool I did without thinking it through only to find myself a lightning rod for the head of the institution where he could wax lyric about how he would protect the staff from gratuitous attacks etc.
It was a learning experience, one which taught me never ever to do someone else’s work in such a context. They want a question asked, they can ask it. And I’ve also wondered subsequently whether the person who asked me despite being seemingly a good union rep themselves was in on some subtler machination. Though that way lies madness.