Torbay Councillor Derek Mills put himself up as a Joan of Arc figure, crying “Prayers are here to stay in Torbay — come and arrest me if you want to!” to anyone who would listen at a public meeting at Oldway Mansions.
The Herald Express says his statement was met with shouts of ‘Hear, hear’ from councillors, but we suspect it was more like ‘baaa, baaa!’.
Derek had got his knickers in a twist about prayers at council meetings. The
Minister for Disinformation Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said he has ‘reversed’ the legal ruling by fast-tracking a parliamentary order under the Localism Act 2011.
Cllr Derek said: “There has been a lot said about council meetings and prayers.”
Much of which he chose to ignore, as he continued: “There will be prayers here for the next two years at least. They will be doing prayers at the beginning of each meeting. Those who want to can join in and those who do not can stand in quiet reflection.”