THE Green Party’s three councillors in Camden are beginning to nark a few members from other parties over claims they are stubbornly refusing to sit on licensing panels at the Town Hall. Sharp words were spat their way at the recent full council meeting and the stand off has become a standard grumble for the councillors who do turn up each week to make important decisions, such as whether your local pub can stay open all night.
As I understand it, the Greens in Camden feel that as they only have three councillors, they shouldn’t see their small team shunted into licensing committees. Instead, they believe they should be allowed to take up seats on more eco-greeny council bodies – like the glamourous Culture and Environment Scrutiny Committee. The simple solution to that concern, I guess, would be to win more seats. Win the public vote and you get to pick and choose.