“I have witnessed Mr Akhtar`s Democracy in Action.
At the Children`s Centre Consultation at Dinnington. Mr Smith took the opportunity to exercise his Democratic right, he stood up to speak and oppose the closure of the Children`s Centre.
He then went on to make it known that Dinnington`s two RMBC Cllrs (Havenhand and Falvey) had voted for the Budget cuts so effectively closing them down.
Immediately Cllr Akhtar jumped to his feet and started to “attack” Mr Smith, he berated him by accusing him of not being right, he said he was scaring the children (which was not true, they were happily playing football at the back of the room) and then went on to accuse him of turning the meeting into “Two meetings” ( meaning consultation and political) He dared to express a democratic opinion, that was not the view of Mr Akhtar and was bullied for it.
When Mr Smith refused to bow to the intimidation, Cllr Larkin Who is Head of Children`s Services decided to chip in and have a go, and then quite stupidly threatened to close the meeting. So much for democracy RMBC style.
They also tried to have a go at me when I pointed out that there were at least 6 Labour Candidates in the room who had voted for the budget (including Akhtar) and in effect theclosure of Centres. I did not back down neither.
The message to Cllr Akhtar is, if you want to come to Dinnington and Anston and try to bully us into submission think again. We are not scared of you, or your bullying tactics.”