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Last night was the meeting of Enterprising Communities. A massive wrangle driven in part by the Balsall Heath Forum and in part by Respect occurred. The biggest row was about whether it was a meeting of a Joint Board or a Joint Meeting of Two Boards.

Constitutionally until last night there was not a "joint board" and all meetings were in fact meetings of both boards. However, because some papers had been titled "Joint Board Meeting" about a half hour of wrangling occurred.

In any event finally the meeting voted about 18:1:1 (1 against 1 abstention) to go forward properly (generally Respect abstained and BHF voted against).

The difficulty faced by the organisation was that if it did not conclude on a way forward then the membership of the boards lapsed. I normally don't comment that much on what is happening in Birmingham, but to spend some time debating whether the words Joint Board Meeting meant (Joint Board) Meeting or Joint (Board Meeting) was relatively novel as a mechanism for filibustering.

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