Not easy to shake-off Hall legacy

Legacy of arrogance and bins
Council works more smoothly where the opposition works as a critical friend, assisting the administration whenever possible and suggesting healthy alternatives whenever necessary, all in the interest of effectively serving the residents.
But what happened in Harrow under the previous opposition leader Cllr Hall, was a kind of ‘punch and judy’ attitude by her and her deputy at the Council meetings or the cabinet question times,  symbolised by wasting council time,  cheap personal attacks, Bin point scoring and so on.
Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinane is still deputy leader of the opposition Tory group.
The group seems to have calmed down under Cllr Paul Osborn leadership. Meeting atmosphere has improved and undue pressure on officer time has eased – for example, Tory questions at a cabinet meeting have now been 10 compared with up to 72 previously  (such a high volume of questions in a 15 minutes slot at the meetings was absurd and served no purpose other than point scoring at the meetings).
However, while the culture of the Tory group is changing,  there are examples of arrogance and pettiness which need to be addressed:
As a norm, leader of the council is addressed as ‘leader’ by the councillors asking questions at the meetings chaired by the leader, and the leader calls the councillors by their first name, giving a sense of being colleagues.
In the cabinet meeting on 16 November 2017, the good atmosphere of the meeting was somewhat spoiled as the deputy leader of the Tory group arrogantly asked  not to shorten his name when  the council leader Cllr Sachin Shah called him by his first name for the question (13.20 on the timeline), and then Cllr Macleod-Cullinane  addressed the leader as Cllr Shah – later on (16.00) Cllr Macleod-Cullinane  called out, causing disruptions – typical Cllr Hall type unnecessary confrontation!
Similarly bins remain a subject at the councillor question time despite the fact that there are extensive officer reports regarding the bins and the bin collection arrangements!
Another example of unpleasantness at the meetings was lowering the level of debate by some Tory councillors and making irrelevant references at the last council meeting, in opposing the council motion that condemned Harrow East MP Bob Blackman for hosting an Indian extremist in an event at the Parliament. The motion was passed.