Labour councillors have consistently shown unfairness or likely consequences of the administrations decisions.
Indeed they have Bob, it is just the effectiveness in the way that it is done that I have issue.
The power of scrutiny is to refer back decisions to cabinet/full council or to another scrutiny committee. For this to be achieved enough members need to vote to do so. The committee reflects the political division on the council. It is very rare for councillors to refer matters back if the process has been correctly followed.
You are doing a good job as Scrutiny Chairman and you are respected by your Committee which is good, BUT you are a Ratification Committee which was evidenced last Monday night when it was noticed that the Conservatives, who hold a majority and the reason why I call you a Ratification Committee, had a substitute for an absent member, but Labour only had one when there were two absentees, notably John Ballman and Cindy Matthews who were also absent from the previous meeting as well. If Labour don't field a full team why should anyone take any notice of you?
Things being wrong or mistakes being made are outed by Labour Councillors but the Administration still continue to justify their actions.
Things may be being outed at Scrutiny but how many of the electorate know of your actions in doing so or follow the subtlety of the arguments?
On a very positive note I am very pleased to see how you teased the Conservative members into asking deep questions of their own administration, now that is a result!
Now as regards filming I would love to see it continued but without the equipment, both camera and editing, or the money to buy them I am not able to do it any more, but more importantly what are you politicians doing about RECORDING MEETINGS? After all you have more than illustrated the desirability of doing so!