Disaffected councillors can affect relationships between councillors, undermine the reputation of council, and disrupt decision-making processes.
John is a councillor in an outer urban municipality. He’s recently been on the losing side of a series of votes including the council plan, the budget and some key projects. Now he‘s feeling marginalised and has started to publicly criticise the council and its processes. The majority of his fellow councillors respond in-kind which has led to poor behaviour, both inside and outside the chamber.
If councillors believe their views are not being considered in the decision-making process, they will look for alternative ways to have an impact. Public or private criticism of other councillors and the administration, leaking of information, and failing to distinguish between the views of the council and individual opinions can all make the process of decision making more difficult, as well as undermine the council’s reputation in the local community.