Brighton and Hove City Council by Steve
I happened to be watching the Full Council Meeting this evening (24 March) via webcast (Yes, I am a bit of a nerd!). It was 10pm and there was an attempt to close the meeting.
Fortunately the attempt failed and I hope that enough of our local press & media representatives were still present to record the proceedings.
First, Councillor Louisa Greenbaum deserves our (the people of Brighton) congratulations in attempting to prevent the use of toxic pesticides in our City. It may be that she will succeed but will require vigilance from those of us that care.
Second, a debate introduced by Councillor Leo Littman. This was on the benefits of the European Union and, to be honest, I initially wondered how it had been allowed on the agenda and what was its relevance to our local council.
I was wrong! If anyone is interested in the principles, philosophy, and ethics of local councillors please look at this debate. It was inspirational to listen to Councillor Inkpen-Leissner expounding upon the real meaning of the EU and the values of peace and solidarity.
It was shameful to hear the xenophobic, and “little Englander” comments from Councillor Tom Bewick who expressed views to the right of UKIP.
Some councillors made contributions more concerned with the internal politics of their own party that what they perceived as the interests of the people of Brighton and Hove and Councillor Tracy Hill possibly made the most accurate contribution in terms of reflecting the views and interests of local citizens.
The debate is well worth watching/listening to and thanks must go to Leo Littman for initiating the debate. From a moderate right wing perspective Councillor Nick Taylor added to an informative and witty intervention early in the Council Debate and marked himself out as a local “political heavyweight” for the future.
At the end of the debate it was emphasised by Councillors Littman and Green that it was a question of Civic Leadership. The debate persuaded me this was right.