Councillors call for extraordinary full council meeting in honour of Nelson Mandela

Councillors have motioned for an extraordinary full council meeting to commemorate the life and work of Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.

Barnet Labour Group have called on the Mayor of Barnet to sanction the meeting during which they plan to call for a Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture to be heard annually during Barnet's Black History Month.

Councillor Alison Moore, leader of the Labour Group, said: “The sad news of Nelson Mandela’s death gives us all pause for thought about the values we seek to exemplify in the world.

“His inspiring fight for freedom and justice, against discrimination and hatred through a life of struggle, sacrifice and forgiveness is an example to us all.  

“As he said – it’s in our hands now to make the world a better place – and we must each find a way to continue that fight for progress and against injustice wherever we find it.”

Mr Mandela was South Africa's first black president and was an anti-apartheid icon. He also spent 27 years behind bars for his political actions.

He had been receiving medical care at his home for a lung infection before his death.

Councillor Agnes Slocombe, who met Nelson Mandela when he visited London, said: “He’s given us all food for thought and we should all learn a lesson from him.  He was inspirational with his humility and his ability to forgive - a wonderful man. 

“It hurts me to think of him living for 27 years in captivity and yet he emerged with no bitterness. I visited Robben Island, and went into the cell he was incarcerated in which was very small, and only one person could really fit in -  it’s hard to imagine how anyone could live for so long there.”

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6:08pm Fri 6 Dec 13

nlygo says...

Typical Labour. No need to spend Council Tax meeting on this unnecessary meeting, notwithstanding that Mandela's passing is worthy of note.
Typical Labour. No need to spend Council Tax meeting on this unnecessary meeting, notwithstanding that Mandela's passing is worthy of note. nlygo

10:12am Sat 7 Dec 13

educated says...

Surely it would be sufficient to maybe have a minute's silence at a regular Council meeting, but to convene an extraordinary meeting - why?
Surely it would be sufficient to maybe have a minute's silence at a regular Council meeting, but to convene an extraordinary meeting - why? educated

10:23am Sun 8 Dec 13

Andrew Haynes says...

We should all mourn Nelson Mandela as one of the greatest figures of the past century, but why on earth should Barnet Council waste taxpayers' money on a special meeting?
We should all mourn Nelson Mandela as one of the greatest figures of the past century, but why on earth should Barnet Council waste taxpayers' money on a special meeting? Andrew Haynes

12:01pm Mon 9 Dec 13

harvey_uk says...

Reminds me why never to vote for Labour! I hope these people are not being paid or given expenses to hold this meeting, I don't see the relevance of mourning Nelson Mandela's death on local borough matters.
Reminds me why never to vote for Labour! I hope these people are not being paid or given expenses to hold this meeting, I don't see the relevance of mourning Nelson Mandela's death on local borough matters. harvey_uk

1:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Not that Dave, another one. says...

Aside from believing this to be an inappropriate use of taxpayers' money given the circumstances of Barnet's finances and the cuts we are all suffering from, I think there's a potential irony in this plan by Labour. Mandela fought for equality all his life, not to be categorised by tribe, race or colour. He became President of South Africa on behalf of all South Africans, and represented equality and freedom to all across the whole world, not just his own ethnic group. This is his legacy and his message. Somehow to target 'Black History Week' as a suitable place for his memorial doesn't seem right in the context.
Aside from believing this to be an inappropriate use of taxpayers' money given the circumstances of Barnet's finances and the cuts we are all suffering from, I think there's a potential irony in this plan by Labour. Mandela fought for equality all his life, not to be categorised by tribe, race or colour. He became President of South Africa on behalf of all South Africans, and represented equality and freedom to all across the whole world, not just his own ethnic group. This is his legacy and his message. Somehow to target 'Black History Week' as a suitable place for his memorial doesn't seem right in the context. Not that Dave, another one.

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