RCT's Labour Cabinet met on Monday 21st October to allegedly 'discuss' the proposals set out in the report of the Finance Officer to cut services including nursery education, youth provision, libraries, and day centres.
As witnessed by a packed public gallery which included a number of babies, toddlers and nursery school pupils it was in fact nothing but a rubber stamping exercise as every objection raised by opposition Councillors was brushed aside. Not an ounce of compassion was evident as the Cabinet Members stuck to their politically motivated script which attempted to switch the blame away from where it squarely rests - with them.
Whilst only Cabinet Members had a vote, other Councillors were able to attend and were allowed to speak for five minutes apiece. Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell was amongst them, as were several Plaid Councillors. Of the fifty back bench Labour Councillors only four were in attendance, and only one of those spoke to ask a brief question. None of the four Independent Councillors were present either, incidentally.
All of these people have residents in their wards who will be affected by one or all of the proposed changes. So why weren't they there to at least give the appearance of caring? In the case of Labour members they were probably too afraid to face the public backlash.
The decision had undoubtedly already been made, and the Labour group would have met at some point so they would have been informed of this, but surely that should not have prevented them from at least putting on a show of caring?