Cacophony: For or against?

ANOTHER angle of that disturbance in the public gallery at Islington Council last week… courtesy of the PCS Euston union blog.

What would Camden’s queen heckler Ellen Luby have made of all of that?

For a view from what it sounded like from the floor of the council chamber, Islington Labour councillor Jessica Asato explains online how she felt it all went too far:

I’m in favour of protest, and I understand how angry people are with the cuts that the Government is forcing councils to make. But the level of cacophony last night was off the scale. If people don’t like the way democratic politics works, it’s their prerogative to get stuck in to change the system from within; not to shout Councillors down who are trying to do the job for which they were elected.

It was a real shame that the proceedings had to move to another room without the public, but with the press present. No one there relished it, but we had to agree a budget one way or another. Most of the protestors had come to demand that Labour Councillors vote not to set a budget at all. Resist and fight the cuts they yelled. But if they truly cared about ensuring the poorest paid in Islington and the most vulnerable are protected, they wouldn’t have been asking that. Because had we not set a budget, the consequences for Islington residents would have been far, far worse.

2 Comments on Cacophony: For or against?

  1. Axel Landin // February 23, 2011 at 12:54 am //

    Assato’s pretty right-wing. There are other elements within the Labour group who will have a different take on events.

  2. Albert Shanker // February 24, 2011 at 10:20 am //

    Only right-wing in the Alan Milburn sense though.

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