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Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Reflecting on the last Brent Executive, I am struck at how uncivil meetings can often become. I first noticed this tendency at a Planning meeting over the Tenterden MUGA a couple of years ago. That meeting shared two striking characteristics with the Willesden Library protesters on Monday. Firstly, there was a lot of shouting. It appears that some people think the best way to make a case is raw aggression. Secondly, there was little attention to what was actually on the agenda. In the Tenterden case, the MUGA was agreed in principle, the application was merely about the details; nonetheless, a crowd of about forty people turned up to shout the committee about their opposition to the whole scheme. Similarly, the several speakers who denounced the Willesden Library Development ignored the actual subject of the call in _ the interim library arrangements _ and spoke instead about things like the retail offer, which are surely better covered in the pre-application consultation.