Decision to deny debate condemned by councillor

An Brechin Councillor has said he feels that democracy is “dead” in Angus following the failure of a motion at an Angus Council meeting.

Several councillors, including Mr Myles, had called a meeting of Angus Council to move a motion to pledge that councillors would “participate in the forthcoming referendum in a respectful and democratic manner, commitment as laid down in the “Standards in Public life” and that the council “should be an example others and condemn the comments by an Angus Councillor that those voting ‘No’ at the referendum are ‘second class scots.’”

However, the motion was denied by Angus Provost, Helen Oswald, prompting Councillor Myles to describe the move as “dictatorship of the worse kind”.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Myles said: “Despite the motion being fully competent and relevant, Provost Oswald refused any discussion on the matter.

“It’s a motion that all Angus Councillors should have had a say on. It was a disgraceful decision and a total abuse of power.

“No other member was allowed to say anything during the meeting.”

Mr Myles continued: “The competency of the motion was checked by the law and admin department before hand.

“Angus Councillors should be leading by example - not name calling. Insults are the last option of a dullard who has no coherent argument and that behaviour does not comply with the Standards in Public Life.”

He added: “Members of the opposition were appalled at the treatment in the chambers. Team Angus is well and truly dead if this is how they are going to carry on.”

Councillor Helen Oswald responded: “At the special council meeting, my position was that the calling of the meeting was competent as it complied with the council’s standing orders; however, I ruled that the motion for debate was not competent because it was not a council matter.

“I added that if a councillor, an officer of the council, or any member of the public has an issue with the conduct of an elected member, they should contact the Standards Commission.”