Open up debate

Instead of , in my view, whinging about the behaviour of Labour members at council, perhaps Cllr Chris Corbett (leader of Erewash Borough Council, would be better advised to open up debates rather than, in my opinion, trying to suppress them.

He might be advised to instruct the mayor to occasionally glance in the direction of Labour members, many of whom sat through the entire recent meeting with their hands in the air indicating that they wanted to speak.

Of the three motions put forward by Labour, in my opinion only one was properly debated.

I feel the other two were shunned off to committees.

The one motion put forward by the Conservatives was, in my view, a sycophantic, fawning motion about the planned new train station.

This is typical of the pattern of meetings that have taken place over the past three years. The Conservatives only have a one-seat majority on the council.

In my view, the Conservative group are frightened of any form of debate and frightened of any form of criticism.

When the protoocol for videoing the council meetings was placed before the council, Labour members tried to amend it to include video streaming but this was rejected by the Conservative group on grounds of expense.

We all know the old adage: if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

Cllr Frank Phillips,

St John’s Road, Ilkeston.