Unsurprisingly, the result of the MIL election, and its announcement, generated quite a bit of discussion in your paper last week.
As one of the candidates can I take this opportunity to make a couple of observations.
There was an announcement of my re-election and then the news that there had been an error and that I had in fact been unsuccessful.
Reluctant as I am to quote him, I think former prime minister Paul Keating summed it up best when he said: ‘‘When faced with the choice between a conspiracy and a stuff-up ... always choose the stuff-up!’’
In a nutshell, the announcement of the election results was a stuff-up! We all make them.
The best way to deal with them is to follow five simple steps: admit it; fix it; learn from it; get over it; move on.
In a rather perverse way MIL shareholders can take heart from the fact that a mistake was identified, rectified, and the correct result was established.
I for one have faith in the integrity of the vote and the final result of the election.
Last Wednesday I contacted both Phil Snowden and Waander van Beek offering my warm congratulations on their success and wishing them all the best in their new roles.
I am confident that both Phil and Waander will bring new ideas, keen intellect and integrity to their roles as directors.
I am happy to state that I believe in electing these gentlemen MIL shareholders have put the company in good hands and a culture of stability, desired by so many, can be attained.
When the new Board assumes responsibility at the AGM on November 28 I would encourage both the MIL and wider community to join me in supporting the entire board and allowing it the clear air required to achieve stability, harmony and focus its attention on the issues that really matter.