Labour are behaving badly

SO THE council leader has never walked out of a council meeting? He may not have staged a protest as such, but he was certainly in and out of that chamber like the proverbial fiddler’s elbow.

The Labour group regularly behaved in a ridiculous fashion - voting en masse against budgets and generally filling the chamber with hot air. A pointless exercise, keeping council officers in their seats for five or six hours. Don’t give us this garbage about democracy, please. The Labour party does not recognise democracy or otherwise they’d allow a discussion on the appointment of this academic, whoever he is.

The problem of not answering questions is more fundamental. It could mean they don’t know the answers or are too lazy to do their own research (relying on officers) or it could mean that they prefer to stifle debate and want meetings over as quickly as possible. The real reason is that they can get away with not answering questions on the city centre redevelopment, the bus station; the budget overspend - any number of things. They’re almost not accountable and it’s staggering that one of them actually believes decisions are not taken behind closed doors! How innocent.

Carmel Townsend, St Julians Road, Newport

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2:36pm Fri 28 Sep 12

On the inside says...

So they did not vote for the Tory budget? That's a suprise. I thought all council meetings always ended in agreement on all sides!

People do not vote Labour to have their representatives agree with right wing trash.
So they did not vote for the Tory budget? That's a suprise. I thought all council meetings always ended in agreement on all sides! People do not vote Labour to have their representatives agree with right wing trash. On the inside

3:09pm Fri 28 Sep 12

james.dyer7@ntlworld.com says...

on the inside - bit unkind. Not all right wing ideas are trash. Such a bold statement you make withg noi understanding of council budgets. Pity.
on the inside - bit unkind. Not all right wing ideas are trash. Such a bold statement you make withg noi understanding of council budgets. Pity. james.dyer7@ntlworld.com

4:31pm Fri 28 Sep 12

james jackson says...

You speak a lot of sense, Jim Dyer.
Or at least you have an understanding of how things work.
It's fair to say that many Newport people might not like signing up to a "left wing" budget either.
Hang about, what's that again? Left wing?
Don't think so.
You speak a lot of sense, Jim Dyer. Or at least you have an understanding of how things work. It's fair to say that many Newport people might not like signing up to a "left wing" budget either. Hang about, what's that again? Left wing? Don't think so. james jackson

5:03pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Crazydad says...

I dont disagree with the position being taken by the Labour council in that question should be submitted in advance of a meeting, if you look back through the minutes of council meetings you will that questions have been raised by all sides with many going unanswered and then disappering from the minutes as the question is never followed up. I would however have a note of caution who decides which question is raised once it has been submitted in written form in the required time. Are the questions subject to edit before being read out and therefore the context of the question changed. Are questions be deliberately left out because they challenge election pledges/promises? Does this fly in the face of transparency that Local Authorities are supposed to operate under?
I dont disagree with the position being taken by the Labour council in that question should be submitted in advance of a meeting, if you look back through the minutes of council meetings you will that questions have been raised by all sides with many going unanswered and then disappering from the minutes as the question is never followed up. I would however have a note of caution who decides which question is raised once it has been submitted in written form in the required time. Are the questions subject to edit before being read out and therefore the context of the question changed. Are questions be deliberately left out because they challenge election pledges/promises? Does this fly in the face of transparency that Local Authorities are supposed to operate under? Crazydad

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