THERE are split opinions among the ruling Camden Labour group about how far one seat on the council should get you in local politics. The hardliners say lone Green councillor Maya De Souza can’t hold meetings to ransom by demanding a right of reply on every issue.More sympathetic members say to that point of view: Fair enough, but let her speak for a few minutes on the big ones.
When she wasn’t called by Mayor Abdul Quadir at Monday’s full council meeting, a bit of a stand-off developed – as the audio and linked here above shows. It was a clash between a new mayor understandably looking to assert himself on notorious squabblers at his first meeting in charge and a Green councillor frustrated at her lack of opportunities. Listening to it back, council leader Nash Ali plays an honourable job as peacemaker. It didn’t stop Maya leaving the room and heading home earlier.