The last Maghull Town Council meeting held on 1st October was unremarkable in many ways with the Council going about its usual business and with a great deal of political harmony. Yes, I know, political harmony and Maghull Council are not words you would expect to see used together because of recent history – 8 Labour councillors resigning etc. but harmony there was at this meeting.
But there was a moment when things started to look rocky because a local resident spoke during the public participation part of the meeting. He was very much to the point and wanted to know whether Labour councillors are whipped to vote certain ways or whether they have free will to vote as they individually think best.
Answer came there none! The only response was that the Council would respond at a later time/date! Obviously not a question the Labour members would want to answer and this seems to be a pattern these days i.e. they don’t like to answer questions directly when they are asked by members of the public at a Council meeting.
Funny thing this socialism lark and oh yes, let’s answer the question for them – of course Labour whips councillors; it’s in their DNA!