As expected last night, at a public meeting, Thanet Councils Cabinet colluded with council officers and agreed to discuss the passing over of their own democratic powers to an unelected council officer or as the agenda has it "each of East Kent's authorities shall delegate to its Chief Executive".
The main body of the agenda item 11, was concerned with this surrender of control to the chief executive and role of East Kent Shared Services and should have had a public explanation, sensitive aspects of this item could then have been addressed in private.
It's clear that efficiencies will lead to job losses, detail which refers to actual numbers and specific information to department could and should have been discussed in private although I trust that the council has issued proper notice to those effected, that their jobs are at risk.
Etiquette at council meetings
Council members, should not as part of their preamble to excluding public from the democratic process, have the bad manners to make jibes at members of the public. If for instance, Simon Moores thinks he has some special immunity or privilege he is mistaken.
Should this occur my advice is to make it loud and clear that such behaviour is unacceptable. It may lack dignity but if some councillors are lacking social graces then tough.
No doubt an unreserved apology is winging its way to me as I type.