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Roll-up for the greatest show outside the Big Top

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 25 August 2010

RINGSIDE entertainment could not get much better than a full meeting of Greenwich council. The monthly meeting broke down into an embarrassing free-for-all last

RINGSIDE entertainment could not get much better than a full meeting of Greenwich council.

The monthly meeting broke down into an embarrassing free-for-all last Thursday when Mayor Sajid Jawaid became confused over who was allowed to speak.

Leader of the opposition, Spencer Drury, was interrupted mid-rant during a debate about A Picture of Health's plans to "reorganise" NHS services in south-east London.

The Mayor reassured him he could speak later but, alas, some toys were thrown clear of the council chamber pram when this did not happen.

"Disgraceful!" foamed Mr Drury as the benches behind him jeered the council for censorship.

So confused was the Mayor that he took advice from chief executive Mary Ney while the council leader, Chris Roberts, stalked around talking to officials. And did the madness end there? Diary would like to say yes but the motions debated on either side of this farce left us wondering if councillors should, you know, get a life.

First, there was a Tory motion calling for the council to apologise for Greenwich schools scraping the league-table barrel.

Afterwards, there was a motion from the Labour group calling for the council to condemn the Tories for not helping drive up standards.

And when Lib Dem Paul Webbewood dared to get out of his seat to hand cabinet member Maureen O'Mara some documents, he was told off for being scary.

Frankly, there was more clowning about in the Town Hall than you would expect at the Big Top in Zippos Circus.

It's just a shame there was no Ringmaster to keep the political acrobats in line.

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