COUNCILLORS at Camden Town Hall have been given a full briefing over security arrangements for Monday night’s full council meeting when an unprecedented package of cuts to important services
will looks set to be agreed. It’s bag searches, shutters down, that kind of thing…
Nobody wants a repeat of some of the more violent anti-cuts protests seen at other London local authorities in the last fortnight. Still, the military planning is a little a bit OTT for one of the longer serving politicians at Judd Street. Emails swapped between the Labour group locally show social services chief Councillor Pat bought the t-shirt Callaghan warning her colleagues they should not be seeking hiding places when the heckling begins.
She told the group in a message circulated this afternoon:
I sincerely understand concern re security. However if everyone is bag searched, what can they throw on us which would be so harmful? We have microphones which can rise over most noise and finally many of us have worked at council meetings with Ellen Luby (bless her heart) and still finished council business.
My point is are we wimps? (we wouldn’t be in the Labour Party if we were). Also I spoke at the Greater London Pensioners meeting in the chamber yesterday, and elders from other boroughs registered their disgust that other councils made their decisions in closed rooms. Can we try and preserve democracy in Camden on Monday evening, Peter speaks about his jacket which had paint thrown all over it (hope you are going to wear it on Monday) and he is still here to tell the tail. If at all possible let’s stay and agree our budget in public.
You tell ’em Pat. No. Wimping. Out.