Group are thrown out of council meeting

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CAMPAIGNERS were thrown out of a council meeting.

Members of Skipp were thrown out of Southend Council’s full council meeting after repeatedly calling out from the public gallery.

The group’s committee, who were wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan “scrap the cabinet,” shouted out after councillor Tony Cox accused them of setting up an “illegal camp” on Shoebury Common.

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6:29pm Tue 17 Dec 13

saveDeanesschool says...

Oh it is so very hard to keep calm and under control.
To have to sit in a public gallery (Essex County Council), to hear lies and insults and truth twisted is very hard.
To have experts and testimonials ignored at whilst councillors talk and pick their fingers or get up to go the toilet.
To have a pillar of society reduced to tears and be called a liar and laughed at...it's not good when you listen as a member of a campaign group.
You have to grit your teeth, remain calm with head high because you know at the end of the day YOU are right and have the evidence to back yourselves.
Good luck but you have to do it right or they will believe they have the upper over you.
Oh it is so very hard to keep calm and under control. To have to sit in a public gallery (Essex County Council), to hear lies and insults and truth twisted is very hard. To have experts and testimonials ignored at whilst councillors talk and pick their fingers or get up to go the toilet. To have a pillar of society reduced to tears and be called a liar and laughed at...it's not good when you listen as a member of a campaign group. You have to grit your teeth, remain calm with head high because you know at the end of the day YOU are right and have the evidence to back yourselves. Good luck but you have to do it right or they will believe they have the upper over you. saveDeanesschool

6:53pm Tue 17 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

Watching a full council meeting where the councillors and cabinet constantly praise each other over a best loo competition or present the deputy mayor with a log is just about the most excruciating torture you can put yourself through when you are waiting for a debate on the closure of Priory House care and dementia home. I just wanted to shout from the gallery as well.
Watching a full council meeting where the councillors and cabinet constantly praise each other over a best loo competition or present the deputy mayor with a log is just about the most excruciating torture you can put yourself through when you are waiting for a debate on the closure of Priory House care and dementia home. I just wanted to shout from the gallery as well. fletch12107

7:05pm Tue 17 Dec 13

BrianOtridge says...

I would agree with the sentiment of "scrap the cabinet", an iniquitous system of local government set up by Tony Blair in order to prevent opposition groups from calling Labour-run Councils to account. Unfortunately, Conservative-run Councils have also learnt to use this weapon "effectively" as well.

The entire local government cabinet system does indeed need scrapping in order to allow individual Councillors to represent the needs and wishes of their constituents.

While I can see that SKIPP's cause is a worthy one, to ensure that the views of local residents are heard, shouting in the public gallery does not make up for a lack of real democracy. This is perhaps the kind of issue that needs to be put to a local referendum to find out the actual feelings of the council taxpayers.
I would agree with the sentiment of "scrap the cabinet", an iniquitous system of local government set up by Tony Blair in order to prevent opposition groups from calling Labour-run Councils to account. Unfortunately, Conservative-run Councils have also learnt to use this weapon "effectively" as well. The entire local government cabinet system does indeed need scrapping in order to allow individual Councillors to represent the needs and wishes of their constituents. While I can see that SKIPP's cause is a worthy one, to ensure that the views of local residents are heard, shouting in the public gallery does not make up for a lack of real democracy. This is perhaps the kind of issue that needs to be put to a local referendum to find out the actual feelings of the council taxpayers. BrianOtridge

7:10pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Royr says...

Shouting out from the public gallery is NOT the way that democracy should work. It simply disrupts meetings and prevents the proper business of the meeting.
Worse, it is likely to encourage 'in camera' meetings with suspicions of underhand dealings.
The proper way is to examine all of the arguments with an unbiased mind and not bow down to a vociferous minority,
Shouting out from the public gallery is NOT the way that democracy should work. It simply disrupts meetings and prevents the proper business of the meeting. Worse, it is likely to encourage 'in camera' meetings with suspicions of underhand dealings. The proper way is to examine all of the arguments with an unbiased mind and not bow down to a vociferous minority, Royr

7:20pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Hope the Bailiffs go in and crack a few heads, as for the rubbish left strewn on the common, ID these idiots homes, and return this property to them...
Hope the Bailiffs go in and crack a few heads, as for the rubbish left strewn on the common, ID these idiots homes, and return this property to them... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"The group’s committee, who were wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan “scrap the cabinet,” shouted out after councillor Tony Cox accused them of setting up an “illegal camp” on Shoebury Common."


looks like the burnt the cabinet on their fire.
"The group’s committee, who were wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan “scrap the cabinet,” shouted out after councillor Tony Cox accused them of setting up an “illegal camp” on Shoebury Common." looks like the burnt the cabinet on their fire. DogsMessInLeigh

8:39pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

Skipp off, set up an illegal camp camp, shout out & then complain about it, what next run to your beloved echo to complain.......
Skipp off, set up an illegal camp camp, shout out & then complain about it, what next run to your beloved echo to complain....... Southend Andy

10:13am Wed 18 Dec 13

Realworld says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Skipp off, set up an illegal camp camp, shout out & then complain about it, what next run to your beloved echo to complain.......
They could always try other concepts alien to them - like getting a job or having a wash?
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Skipp off, set up an illegal camp camp, shout out & then complain about it, what next run to your beloved echo to complain.......[/p][/quote]They could always try other concepts alien to them - like getting a job or having a wash? Realworld

1:27pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Seems all on here are in favour of a "no right to protest" policy..A little bit of China brought to Essex.
Seems all on here are in favour of a "no right to protest" policy..A little bit of China brought to Essex. Lastlaugh,,.

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