SOMETIMES, the last council meetings of the civic year, are very much like an end of season football match that peters out to a goal-less draw but last nights meeting, the last before they go off to fight for the local elections in May was full of rancour, bitterness, vitriol and recrimination.
Tempers started to flair as an indignant Tory leader, cllr Phil Anderson flew into a rage over what he believes is an attempt to “gag” him over the possible sale of Thurrock libraries.
But after that the Tories went on the attack, flying into Labour on a number of issues such as: T-Fest, standards in primary schools, the NHS, policing and much more.
An effective opposition is not there to bowl underarm and instead the bouncers and the beamers (have we changed sports?-Ed) continued to rein down.
Matters came to a head when deputy leader of the Labour group, cllr Val Morris-Cook spoke on a matter. Tory councillors, Ben Maney and Mark Coxshall entered into a conversation. Cllr Morris-Cook expressed her irritation at this. Cllr Maney said: “I’ll be with you in a minute.”
The Mayor of Thurrock, cllr Charles Curtis warned the councillor regarding his “bad manners’ for which the Blackshots councillor apologised. But minutes later, cllr Coxshall began to discuss matters again during a speech.
The Mayor interjected again, saying: “If you want to talk, go outside!”
The local elections are on Thursday May 3rd.