Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Dan Ritterband thrown out of London Assembly

Boris Johnson's Director of Marketing Dan Ritterband was thrown out of a City Hall meeting yesterday after a clash with John Biggs and Mike Tuffrey.

For some reason, the link to the webcast was taken down shortly after the meeting finished and was only reposted this morning.

However, it's here now you can also subscribe to my new Youtube channel where I will occasionally upload and link to other clips from City Hall.

I will also link to earlier clips, such as this classic row between John Biggs and the Worshipful Brian Coleman.



-Update- Dan and John have now kissed and made up (sort of)

15 comments:

AdamB said...

Footnote: the clip skips forward at 2:12 to a discussion at the end between Assembly Members and Leo Boland, Simon Milton and Guto Harri.

Anonymous said...

He looks like he is going to burst into tears at 1:33!

AdamB said...

John and Mike can have that effect...

Mark Lee said...

I don't know the preceeding history of this, but on the basis of this viedo alone, it does seem to be a huge overreaction on the part of the Assembly Members.

To my eye, Dan Ritterband felt as though he was being subject to some disrespect, and responsed in what to my mind is a fairly proportionate way.

Instead of clearing up the misunderstanding and moving on, the Assembly Members seems to have thrown their toys out of the pram.

AdamB said...

There was a fair bit of back and forth leading up to it and Tuffrey says that a similar occasion occurred at a previous session with Ritterband. I'm not sure what he was referring to there, but I do think that Ritterband's reaction was a bit childish in this case. I'm not convinced it warranted his being chucked out of the meeting, but he didn't act professionally in my opinion, especially as a politically restricted officer.

angelneptunestar said...

I totally agree with Mark Lee. Video clip shows that Dan Ritterband did nothing wrong. He merely and quite resonably pointed out that Biggs was talking through him.John Biggs and this Mike guy ganged up and were appalling. Outrageous behaviour.

He absolutely did not deserve such discourtesy.

Simon said...

"To my eye, Dan Ritterband felt as though he was being subject to some disrespect, and responsed in what to my mind is a fairly proportionate way."

It's not unusual in municipal committee meetings for Chairs to take counsel from officers while exchanges are taking place. I do think Biggs milked the situation somewhat but he was basically correct to say that Ritterband was disrespecting the committee in a manner unbecoming of someone in his position.

Mark Lee said...

Adam - I'll grant you that Ritterband's behaviour was not overly professional (Saying "Could you possibly stop talking over me?" might have been a better approach...) - but I've seen it in plenty of (private sector) meetings and I certainly wouldn't see it as something to warrant the response back that he received.

If there is protocol around this - then fair enough. But unless he is repeatedly breaking protocol then the response is really a bit OTT.

Appealing of Ealing said...

Mark Lee said...

"But unless he is repeatedly breaking protocol then the response is really a bit OTT."

Totally over the top.

Is this an example of why Tuffrey deserves some, ....any, respect?

Kind of ironic. He almost trumps Biggs on the unpleasantness scale.

AdamB said...

What's ironic?

Appealing of Ealing said...

AdamB said...

"What's ironic?"

The irony is that Tuffrey will undoubtedly lose respect among those seeing this ridiculously pompous performance of his -- when his pompous performance was triggered by someone allegedly not being respectful enough.

Anonymous said...

I thought the most (only?) bit of disrespectful action from Ritterband was the over zealous crunching of papers as he left

Anonymous said...

It is about time that Londoner's saw some strict and firm discipline carried out in City Hall. It is a good example to us all especially the youth of London. I personally recall that it was not that long ago that Boris Johnson showed disrepect for a Common's Sellect Committee that was held regarding the snow fall in London , he tried to walk out and used inappropiate words , maybe this is the type of behaviour that The Chair was trying to avoid ,and to let others know that disrepectful behaviour will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form.

Appealing of Ealing said...

Anonymous said...
"I thought the most (only?) bit of disrespectful action from Ritterband was the over zealous crunching of papers as he left"

I think he did speak out of turn, but it was a really minor transgression, and more about frustration and personal sensitivity, (that younger folk seem more prone to), than it was an attempt at disdain.

Tuffrey used it as an excuse to try to humiliate and crush Ritterband. A wiser chairman would have handled it differently.

We should thank Mr. Tuffrey for confirming that he is a pompous idiot. Was that respectful enough?

Appealing of Ealing said...

Anonymous said...
"It is about time that Londoner's saw some strict and firm discipline....let others know that disrepectful behaviour will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form."

Easy tiger!