Hackney Council, 1991

It had, as even the hard-bitten man from the Hackney Gazette, admitted, been a ‘lively’ night. A couple of men, who had come along in the vain hope of seeing some progress on their afflicted housing estate, were standing outside on the Town Hall steps shaking their heads in resigned amazement. One of them gestured towards a poster-ridden building across the drab square and said: ‘We’ve got the Hackney Empire over there, but all the variety is in the council chamber’.

Patrick Wright reports on a dramatic but depressing Hackney Council meeting from 1991. An interesting contrast to the other material presented on this site which covers the Poll Tax and other struggles taking place at the time – outside and against the Council.

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