6. Cllr Morris refuses to question the morality of the decision.
Cliff Morris has no opinion on whether the council should be giving money to subsidise lavish lifestyles whilst deep cuts are being made to front line services. When asked by Cllr Hayes if it was “morally right” to give the money to Asons Cllr Morris refused to answer the question.
7. The Council don’t want Cllr Morris to speak
On several occasions it became apparent that officers were doing their best to keep Cllr Morris away from the mic, with Margaret Asquith snatching it from his grasp on several occasions to prevent a repeat performance of his recent Joe Pike interview or the disaster that was his BBC Radio Manchester interview.
8. There’s quite a few Labour Councillors looking to pick up the leadership mantle
In what was clearly a rehearsed series of questions from the Labour group, there were certainly a few speeches suggesting that Cllrs were positioning themselves ready for a leadership battle. Is this a sign that Cllr Morris is getting ready for a big announcement? If rumours emanating from the Labour camp are to be believed, we may well find a few of Cllr Morris’ most loyal supporters looking to carry on his work soon.
....and one we didn't!
Why were emergency powers used?
Anyone attending the meeting looking for clarity on why the grant was issued under emergency powers left the building disappointed. That’s not to say no one attempted to give reasons. At one point the Chief Executive seemed to suggest it all boiled down to a failure of officers to follow proper processes. But other than the often quoted “partly due to EU rules on state aid funding” no one is really any the wiser.
All in all people went away with a lot more questions than they went with, and a lot angrier too.
If you want to stay up to date with all things related to the LibDems #CallForClarity campaign complete the form here
Written by Kevin Walsh, Bolton Liberal Democrats