I am on the train to Glasgow having given my apologies at this morning’s area committee meeting. I went at the start because Cllr MacIntyre wanted to give a statement about the manner in which he was removed as the chair of the area committee.
Robert went up to the new chair, Cllr McNaughton before the meeting started to ask if he could make a statement. The law officer was at McNaughton’s side and it was agreed he could make a statement.
Then Cllr Walsh comes in, brushes past Cllr Blair and myself without the courtesy of saying hello (nothing new there by the way) and engages in a discussion with McNaughton and the law officer along with Cllr Scoullar.
Robert McIntyre is then told he cannot make a statement.
Robert tried again at the start of the meeting but was refused. Cllr Strong argued that when the same crew had deposed her as Provost back in 2013, she had been allowed to make a statement at the start of the council meeting when Scoullar took over. The request was still denied.
Cllr Walsh has no locus whatsoever to interfere with the area meeting. He’s a councillor like all others, no more, no less.He’s always saying he has no executive authority to instruct officers, which us strictly true, but what took place between him, Scoullar, McNaughton and the law officer won’t be known. However, I did hear the word “statement” being used by them so it’s fair to assume someone was telling someone else not to allow the statement.
It just gets worse by the day but this is not local democracy, that’s for sure. I am off to a board meeting of SIFT (http://www.sift-uk.org/PageProducer.aspx) where we all speak freely and where we treat each other like normal human beings. What a refreshing change that is.