Editor’s comment: Enough with the in-fighting
- Credit: Archant
I’m troubled to hear the mayor’s description of misogynistic bullying in Camden’s Labour group.
Such behaviour is a disgrace to a council, especially one that is progressive in other areas, and has no place among elected politicians.
Depressingly, this isn't the first time I've seen a borough's ruling party at war with itself. It isn't always left-right, or new-old; nor is it confined to Labour. Indeed, the most bitter split I can remember (and there have been several) was actually in Havering's Conservative party, which almost completely tore itself in half at one point, going so far as to produce two separate election manifestos.
Business as usual, then - but I wish people would actually read our stories before engaging in the sort of counterfactual public pile-on we endured last week when it was decided, wrongly, that we had taken a side.
To recap: we published a data-based story about the spend of Camden Council as a corporate body on the mayor-making reception, with accusations put to and answered by Camden Council's corporate press office.
You may also want to watch:
Yet we were accused of attacking an individual who in our story was not linked to any spending decisions whatsoever. All this, seemingly, on the basis of a single quote by a disgruntled Labour councillor halfway down the text ("clearly socialism starts at home and socialists have very expensive tastes") that anyone paying attention will have noticed I cut from Thursday's print edition, which went to press several hours before the row began, because it didn't make a lot of sense and made the story too long.
All the party has succeeded in doing by attacking us is to draw attention to its own in-fighting; to its worrying inability to distinguish an enemy from a critical friend; and to that quote, which we now actually have printed.
- 1 Teenager's artwork reimagines grandfather's class photo
- 2 Highgate's assassin: the student hostel where a murder was planned
- 3 Haringey Council launches investigation into land deal with rapper
- 4 5 great places in north London to get away from the summer crowds
- 5 Modern murder mysteries set in the heart of Hampstead
- 6 Nancy Jirira wins Fortune Green by-election, holding on to Lib Dem council seat
- 7 £5,000 of crack cocaine and heroin found in Hampstead home
- 8 Crouch End Festival Chorus: Alexandra Palace Theatre
- 9 'Cash cows': Leaseholders fight for clarity and better value over 'huge bills'
- 10 Vehicles scraped and traffic chaos after width-restriction bollards moved
Camden Labour's internal feud, unlike the story we published last week, is not in the public interest. It, like the bullying, needs to stop.