Thursday night's rowdy bad tempered council meeting, held at the Labour
Party's expensive and unwanted
white elephant building in Farnham Road,
lasted just an hour before everyone walked out.
The Conservative arranged Extra-Ordinary Council General Meeting (EGM) was doomed from the start. Little attention had been paid to the composition of the meeting's agenda. Consequently with Labour heavy-weights Cllr Rob Anderson (Britwell) and Cllr James Swindlehurst (Cippenham Green) supported by more than 30 docile Labour councillors, the 6 opposition councillors never had a chance.
The only item on the Conservative's agenda was a debate about:-
This Council resolves:
"..... it has lost confidence in the present leadership of Slough Borough Council because of recent examples of financial mismanagement and poor governance, and it calls on those responsible to resign."
guilty people were not likely to identify themselves, so
opposition councillors needed to identify them. Not once did the Slough
Times hear or see a list of the culprits.
In local government, senior staff never resign unless they receive a massive
amount of pay-off money, often several times their annual salary or, in the event
of a major public scandal, they decide to
retire and accept a massive
retirement payment usually at least double their annual salary. Council
watchers know that departing staff inevitably pop-up a few months later doing the
same job at another council having greatly enhanced their personal wealth at the
Veteran and recently retired Slough councillor Richard Stokes says the
discredited council staff
pay-off system rewards incompetent failing staff
for their bad performance. At Slough Unitary Authority, more popularly known
as Slough's Bad Council (SBC), pay-offs and other disquieting payments of
£1/4 million to over £1/2 million to staff and council contractors
are decided in total secrecy with opposition councillors and the public denied
all knowledge of what some say are
A senior Labour councillor, when questioned by the Slough Times about a secret payment of £225,000 to a council contractor, said:-
I didn't know what it was about. They said I had to vote for it.
Amazingly that councillor was one of the more educated Labour councillors.
The council's general meeting was held in the Flexi Hall at the Centre.
On the platform, east to west, were:-
In the corner was the so-called 'press table' comprising from east to west:-
Facing them the hall's seating was divided into two, Labour on the east side and the opposition on the west. It was reminiscent of the Cold War period. The Communists and baddies in the East and the good guys in the West.
The Labour Party's elite councillors sat at the rear of their group. It gave an impression of the powerful watching and supervising their subordinates' every move. From east to west, they were:-
The public sat at the back of the hall.