The right to reply

December 17, 2008 susettepalmer
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Last night at full Council I took issue with the Mayor because he would not allow Cllr Jeremy Davies the right of reply. This is why:

Because we only discuss three of the proposed motions, the rest are voted on without debate.  However the amendment proposed by Cllr Freer to 8.3 made adverse comments on Cllr Davies handling of the Audit Committee. When this amendment was voted on, Cllr Davies stood up quoting the relevant standing order, and asked for right of reply to the comments. The Mayor disallowed this.

The point I am making is not that adverse political comments should not be made but that if they are then a right of reply, even if only a short one,  should be granted.

COuncillor Freer had several chances during the meeting to defend his own handling of the Icelandic situation and I believe it was wrong of the Mayor not to allow Cllr Davies to do so.

When I took this up with the Mayor, Cllr Marshall, at the break and asked if he would allow Cllr Davies to speak at the beginning of the second half of the meeting his reply was that “Cll Davies didn’t sit down when I told him to.”  !

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