Timing is everything

22 Dec


Cllr Lakmini Shah, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding, was among those who discussed the future of the Carpenters estate last week

Here’s a curious tale.

When the Focus E15 protesters turned up at East Ham Town Hall last Thursday to watch Sir Robin and his cabinet discuss plans for the future of the Carpenters Estate they found they couldn’t get into the public gallery because it was already full.

Frustrated, they ended up in a side room where they were unable to see what was going on, with only a dodgy audio feed of proceedings to listen to.

As they were leaving at the end of the meeting they saw a group of Asian women emerge from the public gallery. They weren’t Carpenters residents, as no-one from the estate recognised them.

Who were they and what agenda item had they come to watch being discussed?

It’s great that people are interested in watching democracy at work. But what an unfortunate coincidence that a group exactly large enough to fill the seats in the public gallery should turn up on the same day as the Focus E15 campaigners and prevent them getting in.

5 Responses to “Timing is everything”

  1. Roger M December 22, 2016 at 15:57 #

    Just a coincidence I’m sure. An enterprising person might have asked one of the Asian women to explain their interest in Carpenters’ politics.

  2. chal chal December 22, 2016 at 18:05 #

    l am ashamed to be a Labour Party member at the moment, first the rigged mandate now this Robin Wales has cheated the residents of Newham for far too long as this cronies have just lined there pockets. Ms Shah has done this many times even during full council l hope that members will challenge her and not select her during the up coming reselection.

    • Dalaah Wales December 23, 2016 at 12:42 #

      This guy just dont get it, first his dodgy mandate now this. Just resign and do Newham residents a favor.

  3. Sheila Thomas December 23, 2016 at 13:26 #

    At last it show that she can count people not only her allowances .This exactly why people in Newham are screaming out for change. Let’s hope Santa brings us our wish and rids us of the mayor and his troublesome cronnies.

  4. Roger M December 23, 2016 at 15:08 #

    Santa won’t help here! Robin won’t give up easily – he’ll have to be dragged out by his conkers!

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