Tuesday, 25 May 2010
New era dawns with new Executive Leader
This was a lack lustre affair given the excitement in the run up over the last two weeks.
Cllr Quinn was elected Executive Leader unopposed and Cllr Kitchen was elected the Chair of the Council. Cllr Oldham sent his apologises for absence, due to his sickness in hospital, but no further details were forthcoming.
Cllr Quinn gave a 17 minute speech in the best traditions of 1930's Plenary sessions of the Supreme Soviet, full of figures and statistics "proving" how life is better in the People's Republic of Tameside with crime reduced by X% and jobs increased by y% etc etc. I half expected the announcement of a five year plan to improve tractor production in the Urals!
Quinn made much of the Con-Lib pact and their alleged plans to cut services. Though he made an oblique reference to banks being to blame he chose not to probe into the exact nature of the bankers responcible.
The speech even ended with the assembled councillors and apparatchiks in the gallery dutifully applauding.
If this report is bland, unexciting and turgid then it's deliberate.....being an accurate representation of the meetng.