Minute’s silence cut from Nelson agenda following anonymous objections

A NELSON town councillor said she was ‘amazed’ after a planned minute’s silence for Nelson Mandela failed to go ahead.

The silent tribute had supposed to take place at the latest Nelson Town Council meeting, but Coun Yvonne Tennant said it was ‘pulled’ from the agenda after ‘a couple of councillors raised objections’.

Coun Tennant said the councillors had remained anonymous after taking up the issue with town council officials before the meeting.

She said: “I was amazed and saddened that we wouldn't be observing a respectful silence for President Mandela.

“When we got to the meeting we went straight into the council business without the minute’s silence, and were told that objections had been raised about it.

“The flags at Downing Street are being flown at half mast and the Prime Minister has travelled with other world leaders to attend a memorial service for this universally admired man, yet a couple councillors here didn't have the grace or generosity of spirit to observe a simple minute’s silence.

“Just over a month ago, our nation observed a silence on Remembrance Day in honour of those who gave their lives so that we could have the right to free speech in this country, but I've not been allowed the right to silence at a meeting at which I’m a councillor.

“Perhaps the strangest part of this sorry episode is the fact that those who vetoed our request have chosen to remain anonymous.

“If they object so strongly to such a simple and harmless request, why don’t they have the courage to explain why to the rest of us?”

The chairman and the clerk of Nelson Town Council were yesterday unavailable for comment.

Mr Mandela was laid to rest on Sunday, 10 days after his death aged 95.

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3:43pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rudis_dad says...

Am I missing something here? How can an "anonymous request" have any influence on a local government meeting agenda? If the objectors are too cowardly to put their name to it, then it should have been thrown out forthwith.
Am I missing something here? How can an "anonymous request" have any influence on a local government meeting agenda? If the objectors are too cowardly to put their name to it, then it should have been thrown out forthwith. rudis_dad

8:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

trevhd says...

Should hold a minutes silence for the people necklaced by the ANC followers
Should hold a minutes silence for the people necklaced by the ANC followers trevhd

10:25pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rebeccacatterall says...

rudis_dad wrote:
Am I missing something here? How can an "anonymous request" have any influence on a local government meeting agenda? If the objectors are too cowardly to put their name to it, then it should have been thrown out forthwith.
I think it means anonymous as in no one came forward and told Yvonne who it was that objected.

I believe these objections were made prior to the meeting. We should be able to ask our local councillors who attended - who objected and why.

I would be disgusted at anyone raising such objections - yet not having the wherewithal to stand by them publicly.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: Am I missing something here? How can an "anonymous request" have any influence on a local government meeting agenda? If the objectors are too cowardly to put their name to it, then it should have been thrown out forthwith.[/p][/quote]I think it means anonymous as in no one came forward and told Yvonne who it was that objected. I believe these objections were made prior to the meeting. We should be able to ask our local councillors who attended - who objected and why. I would be disgusted at anyone raising such objections - yet not having the wherewithal to stand by them publicly. rebeccacatterall

7:14am Wed 18 Dec 13

Martinsolsentookadive says...

who the feck is Nelson Agenda
was this article written by "Spellchecker"
who the feck is Nelson Agenda was this article written by "Spellchecker" Martinsolsentookadive

12:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

j.dodgson@hotmail.co.uk says...

I find this pathetic that the leader has no backbone to throw this out, unless the
councillor's who objected behave like MEN/WOMEN and be accountable for there reasons for the objections. Gutless as far as I am concerned.
I find this pathetic that the leader has no backbone to throw this out, unless the councillor's who objected behave like MEN/WOMEN and be accountable for there reasons for the objections. Gutless as far as I am concerned. j.dodgson@hotmail.co.uk

12:44pm Wed 18 Dec 13

David Richardson says...

I think most people in Pendle couldn't care less if there was a minutes silence or not for Nelson Mandela.

I bet Nelson Town Council didn't have a minutes silence for Thatcher, who love her or hate (and I know there's a lot of people in both of those groups), was our Prime Minister.
I think most people in Pendle couldn't care less if there was a minutes silence or not for Nelson Mandela. I bet Nelson Town Council didn't have a minutes silence for Thatcher, who love her or hate (and I know there's a lot of people in both of those groups), was our Prime Minister. David Richardson

1:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Philip A Berry says...

Only spineless people refuse to put their name to their opinions.
Only spineless people refuse to put their name to their opinions. Philip A Berry

4:38pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

A minute's silence for Mandela eh ?
Lefty-liberal professional politicians falling over themselves to prove their " right-on " credentials by demonstrating how they are so much more upset by the death of the communist , convicted terrorist admirer of the old Soviet Union than the next middle-class Marxist idiot.
Mandela help found the ANC terrorist wing which was responsible for the deaths of over 60000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom were black.
Necklaces all round eh, Winnie ?
Mandela paved the way for black-majority rule and you only have to read about South Africa today to realise it will go the way of Rhodesia and become a brutal, black, tribal dictatorship.
I'll give it 20yrs max. before all the bleeding heart lefties who adopted Mandela as their mascot for their hatred of Britain's Imperial past and their hatred of white-Western society in general will be wringing their Guardian-holding hands over the poverty and hunger in South Africa.
A minute's silence for Mandela eh ? Lefty-liberal professional politicians falling over themselves to prove their " right-on " credentials by demonstrating how they are so much more upset by the death of the communist , convicted terrorist admirer of the old Soviet Union than the next middle-class Marxist idiot. Mandela help found the ANC terrorist wing which was responsible for the deaths of over 60000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom were black. Necklaces all round eh, Winnie ? Mandela paved the way for black-majority rule and you only have to read about South Africa today to realise it will go the way of Rhodesia and become a brutal, black, tribal dictatorship. I'll give it 20yrs max. before all the bleeding heart lefties who adopted Mandela as their mascot for their hatred of Britain's Imperial past and their hatred of white-Western society in general will be wringing their Guardian-holding hands over the poverty and hunger in South Africa. Copperhead

4:52pm Wed 18 Dec 13

j.dodgson@hotmail.co.uk says...

Copperhead wrote:
A minute's silence for Mandela eh ?
Lefty-liberal professional politicians falling over themselves to prove their " right-on " credentials by demonstrating how they are so much more upset by the death of the communist , convicted terrorist admirer of the old Soviet Union than the next middle-class Marxist idiot.
Mandela help found the ANC terrorist wing which was responsible for the deaths of over 60000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom were black.
Necklaces all round eh, Winnie ?
Mandela paved the way for black-majority rule and you only have to read about South Africa today to realise it will go the way of Rhodesia and become a brutal, black, tribal dictatorship.
I'll give it 20yrs max. before all the bleeding heart lefties who adopted Mandela as their mascot for their hatred of Britain's Imperial past and their hatred of white-Western society in general will be wringing their Guardian-holding hands over the poverty and hunger in South Africa.
You dont know what your talking about you folk.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: A minute's silence for Mandela eh ? Lefty-liberal professional politicians falling over themselves to prove their " right-on " credentials by demonstrating how they are so much more upset by the death of the communist , convicted terrorist admirer of the old Soviet Union than the next middle-class Marxist idiot. Mandela help found the ANC terrorist wing which was responsible for the deaths of over 60000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom were black. Necklaces all round eh, Winnie ? Mandela paved the way for black-majority rule and you only have to read about South Africa today to realise it will go the way of Rhodesia and become a brutal, black, tribal dictatorship. I'll give it 20yrs max. before all the bleeding heart lefties who adopted Mandela as their mascot for their hatred of Britain's Imperial past and their hatred of white-Western society in general will be wringing their Guardian-holding hands over the poverty and hunger in South Africa.[/p][/quote]You dont know what your talking about you folk. j.dodgson@hotmail.co.uk

4:51pm Sun 22 Dec 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

rebeccacatterall wrote:
rudis_dad wrote:
Am I missing something here? How can an "anonymous request" have any influence on a local government meeting agenda? If the objectors are too cowardly to put their name to it, then it should have been thrown out forthwith.
I think it means anonymous as in no one came forward and told Yvonne who it was that objected.

I believe these objections were made prior to the meeting. We should be able to ask our local councillors who attended - who objected and why.

I would be disgusted at anyone raising such objections - yet not having the wherewithal to stand by them publicly.
Do you know what your talking about??? I think not.i would object on the grounds that its no different from holding I minutes silence for Gerry Adams or Martin McGuiness..
[quote][p][bold]rebeccacatterall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: Am I missing something here? How can an "anonymous request" have any influence on a local government meeting agenda? If the objectors are too cowardly to put their name to it, then it should have been thrown out forthwith.[/p][/quote]I think it means anonymous as in no one came forward and told Yvonne who it was that objected. I believe these objections were made prior to the meeting. We should be able to ask our local councillors who attended - who objected and why. I would be disgusted at anyone raising such objections - yet not having the wherewithal to stand by them publicly.[/p][/quote]Do you know what your talking about??? I think not.i would object on the grounds that its no different from holding I minutes silence for Gerry Adams or Martin McGuiness.. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

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