My particular interest in this agenda was in relation to agenda item 17. It took quite a while to get there and I do not think that the entire meeting finished until 11:15pm when considering the second agenda.
Any prospect of regret or withdrawal of the original allegation about Institutional Racism did not materialise. I recommend the webcast for anyone interested in this matter. Clearly a majority of the Labour Group do not understand just how absurd the allegations are! Apart from anything else, by not disassociating themselves from what was said by their Leader, they must associate themselves with those who are on the receiving end of his allegation. At the same time, a minority of the Labour Group are embarrassed with this episode and they will understand the damage that this will cause Labour in the Borough.
Councillor Sharma and his colleagues failed to provide any evidence to substantiate any of their allegations, including the one that some Councillors are putting pressure on Officers to go after people.
All of the Labour Councillors present abstained on the motion. It is now time for some exposure because residents, including Labour supporters, are just not prepared to put up Councillors making an issue out of race in this way.