Monday, May 27, 2013

Collective Nouns & Musical “Chairs”

Following on from the debate at the last Redbridge Full Council meeting on 16th May when Councillors were discussing what to call each other [sic!] there was a busy bank holiday weekend Saturday morning on Twitter and the steps of the Town Hall.

Three elected Labour Party Councillors publicly cut up their Party membership cards and then proceeded to hold a press conference to announce that they had formed a new group on the council called the Redbridge Independent Group, not to be confused with the People’s Front of Redbridge, where they were swiftly pursued by a Redbridge litter attendant.


For the uninitiated “Group” is a technical term as defined in Redbridge Council standing orders. It applies when 2-6 councillors come together to work as a team. 7-9 Councillors are known as a “Shower”, 10-25 are known as a “Shambles” and 26-63 as a “Muddle”. Any combination of these is known as a “Coalition”.

The local Labour Party leader, Jas Athwal, has issued a statement.

Meanwhile we learn that the Health campainger Neil Zammett is to stand for the Labour Party in 2014 in Chadwell Ward. Bridge Ward Councillor, Paul Canal who lives in Wanstead, complains that it is a long way from his home, but at least he lives in the Borough. He replaces the Deputy Leader of the local Labour Party, Wes Tweeting, who will be standing in Aldborough Ward. This may explain his appearance at Ron Jeffries’ Litter pick disguised as a boy scout (removing evidence of more cut up and discarded membership cards) and why he was nowhere to be seen at the last Area 5 meeting.

We understand that these developments require an additional Full Council Meeting to reallocate committee places, “chairs” for them to sit on and spokes for persons to spoke. for this municipal year.

Confused? Then listen in to next week’s episode of Council Soap.

12 comments:

  1. What a shame Blogger doesn't allow smiley faces to be inserted into comments.

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  2. Hmmmm must be council elections coming soon...there is division and strife in the Labour group. It's like groundhog day.Only less helpful to local people.

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    1. There seems to be something similar happening in other London boroughs, and a pattern is beginning to emerge. If they're not careful they will all end up like Tower Hamlets.

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  3. Reluctant as I am to disagree with you, Alan, I think you will find that while 7-9 is indeed a shower, 10-25 is a muddle and 26-63 is a shambles.

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    1. Very subtle, Patsy - and I cannot disagree! And maybe 3-4 is a conscience???

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  4. and there was me thinking that the 7-9 were preventing the 26-63 from becoming a shambles whilst the 10-25 become several muddles...

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  5. Of course 26-63 becomes a Complete Shambles when there are no vacancies.

    Cynical, moi?

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  6. Somehow suspect this isn't the last of it. But if members of both 'Labour' groups wanted to be more subtle about it, there are more inconspicuous places than the cafe opposite the town hall to meet up and discuss things. Just saying they have been spotted...

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    1. Oh, dear! Political conspiracy taking place openly. Whatever next?

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    2. Fullwell Watch7:44 pm, May 30, 2013

      Senior B21 committee members recently seen in Fairlop Oak talking to Cllrs Moth, Walker and Aziz Choudhury.

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    3. Wow! Have to change the pub's name to "The Conspirators' Arms"........

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    4. Yes indeed! Saw them again yesterday evening talking to ex-councillors Hinds and Corfield ...

      Could there be a full slate of Independents in 2014?

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