Tonight, at the meeting of Lambeth council's "Oversight & Scrutiny Committee", chaired by Cllr Ed Davie - a regular poster on Labour-right website progress-online - looked into the "call-in" by St Leonards Cllr Scott Ainslie (Green) of the Lambeth council cabinet's decision to demolish Cressingham Gardens estate. That was the intention, anyway. Instead we - and by "we", I mean Cressingham Gardens residents - saw a great amount of what Private Eye magazine terms as "Arslikhan" - Labour councillors polishing their knobs by asking easy questions of their party colleagues, and hard questions of Cllr Ainslie -who mostly answered with aplomb. We were also exposed to the disgusting sight and sound of Cllr Mary Atkins (Labour)- one of our ward councillors - slandering residents of Cressingham Gardens by insinuating a campaign of intimidation by some residents - un-named, naturally, aimed at other residents - insinuations her Labour colleagues gleefully ran with. The truth is however far stranger- it's that Cllr Atkins is regarded as a bully who Cressingham Gardens Tenants & Residents Association are on record as having asked (although after almost 4 months they've still no reply to their formal letter of complaint) to be removed from her self-elected position as Chair of our "Resident Engagement Panel" because of her abuse of process, and bias in favour of council officers. We were also exposed to a farrago of excuses, misdirection and vague answers by Matthew Bennett - the cabinet member for housing - and his stooges/council officers Neil Vokes and Julian Hart, although Mr Vokes as usual went bright red every time he bent the truth, which was at least amusing. When the vote on whether to return the called-in decision to cabinet was taken, only one cllr - Tim Briggs, a Tory - voted for the decision to be returned. Most of the - majority Labour - committee took the middle road, although at least one Clapham Town cllr debased himself by voting for the status quo. Not that you can expect honour from the sort of person who comprehensively shat on the short-life tenants in his ward If you expect local democracy, you won't get it here, with Progress and their fellow-travellers strewn throughout our borough. The only way we're going to get it any time soon, is to take the power back from these right-wing goons, and to - if you believe in the conciliar form of local democracy - re-establish government by council rather than cabinet.