The reason we heckled Pervez
THE report on my Save Our Stoke petition presentation at Stoke Town Hall (Sentinel, Friday, September 7), didn't explain why Councillor Mohammed Pervez was heckled.
Firstly, he broke the rules. The petition should have been proposed for further scrutiny and either accepted or rejected, but Councillor Pervez, so rattled by what I had said, stood up and ranted out all his usual arguments in the most overbearing and arrogant way. The public gallery told him what they thought of that.
Councillor Paul Breeze pointed the rule-breaking out to the Lord Mayor, who was forced to call Councillor Dave Conway, leader of the City Independents, to speak. Councillor Conway gave a most dignified response to Councillor Pervez, and made him look foolish.
Councillor Randolph Conteh proposed the petition should be taken forward, but Councillor Ruth Rosenau, who is in charge of the regeneration scheme, proposed the petition should be rejected as the Pervez plan had already been accepted.
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Naturally enough, every Labour member voted against the motion, and the petition was rejected. Are they really so frightened of Pervez, below, and the unelected John van de Laarschot, that they dare not vote against a scheme they must know is crazy?
I wish more people had been in the gallery to see all this, because the ones who did turn up saw for themselves what Councillor Pervez is like with anyone who opposes him. He deserved to get heckled.
To all those who still think nothing can stop the Hanley scheme: if you'd been there on Thursday and seen Councillor Pervez's panic, you might have changed your mind.
The plain fact is, we can't go on letting this council walk all over us.
Pervez and his allies must start worrying about 2015 now. It's not only the deadline date for the Hanley build, but also the next election year.
It's up to us to let Pervez know that if the new offices are built, the voters will make sure he never sets foot in them.
RICHARD SNELL Penkhull