This morning I watched an appalling abuse of political process at MQT.
A number of members of the Assembly wanted an extended opportunity to question the Mayor about Ian Clement’s expenses, I see nothing wrong with that desire. There are a number of committees through which that could be done, the Audit panel, Business Management and Administration Committee (BMAC), Budget and Performance Committee or even MQTs.
A letter was sent asking the mayor to come to a meeting of BMAC which would have been specially convened for the purpose of asking about the expenses. The Mayor highlighted the fact that the first question on the order paper at today’s MQT was about Ian’ expenses and there didn’t seem much point in coming to two meetings to answer exactly the same questions on the same issue.
The Lib Dems, supported by Lab and the Greens took exception to this and forced through a vote changing the rules so that the normal time allocation at MQT be removed. This gave them the chance to use our time allocation to asked their questions, the time allocation is based on share of Assembly seats and therefore the share of the popular mandate.
I agree that Ian Clement’s actions, Boris’ and City Hall’s response are all important topics, but so is the £30-40 million black hole in the LDA’s Olympic budget that was left to fester under the previous mayor, so is the £22 million raid by Whitehall on the LDA’s budget, so were lots of other issues which got sidelined because the left do not respect democracy and felt that their questions were more important than ours.