Jackie Weaver’s chaotic parish council meeting has already been set to Lady Gaga’s Chromatica, because obviously
Because, of course. The latest lockdown-viewing sensation is a sweary and foul-tempered Zoom meeting of the Handforth Parish council, located just south of Manchester.
Parish council meetings are usually thought of as sleepy affairs, but a video of Queen Jackie booting chairman Brian Tolver off the Zoom call has been viewed over 3.3 million times.
Tolver had already challenged the legitimacy of the regular planning and environment committee meeting, and the call begins with someone muttering that another councillor – who had tried to raise a point of order – should “f**k off”, under their breath.
Tolver reportedly “proceeded to disrupt the proceedings” and told Jackie “we won’t be thrown out of the meeting like we were last time” before telling her to “stop talking”.
Tolver then told Jackie that she had “no authority here”. He said: “This meeting has not been called according to the law. It’s only the chairman who can remove people from the meeting. You have no authority here Jackie Weaver, no authority at all.”
Unfortunately for him, he was wrong. Jackie “the mother I never had, the sister everybody would want and the friend everybody deserves” Weaver immediately booted him off the call.
i’ve never missed in person meetings more than i did watching this parish council meeting descend into chaos pic.twitter.com/I75zi1fIK5
— janine (@janinemas0n) February 4, 2021
But it wasn’t only Tolver causing trouble for Jackie Weaver.
“She’s kicked him out!” said councillor Aled Brewerton, proceeding to yell at Jackie: “Read the standing orders – read them and understand them!”
Jackie kicked Brewerton out, too, along with another “rebel councillor”, Barry Burkhill.
Times: Technically no, morally yes
Telegraph: Jackie Weaver has no authority here – none
Spectator: Read the standing orders! Read them and understand them!
— Theo Bertram (@theobertram) February 4, 2021
After days of rowing about patriotism & flags, can we agree that Jackie Weaver & that zoom makes us proud to be British.
— Ayesha Hazarika (@ayeshahazarika) February 4, 2021
As the meeting disintegrated, other councillors questioned why Tolver had had “clerk” in his Zoom label.
Councillor John Smith said: “He’s not the clerk of the parish council, whether he declares himself the clerk or not.”
Weaver replied: “The chairman simply declared himself ‘clerk’ and notified everybody of the case.
“There is no way of stopping him from calling himself clerk. Please refer to me as Britney Spears from now on.”
Really hoping Netflix sign up Jackie Weaver and co for a feature length series.
"Parish council wars – the battle for authority" pic.twitter.com/fmAavbqKoe
— Stewart Lee (@stewartelee) February 5, 2021
Jackie truly was just a gal getting on with her life, while sexist men tried to shout her down. Truly a queen.
— David Chipakupaku 🏴🇿🇲 (@David_Chippa) February 4, 2021
But as “READ THEM AND UNDERSTAND THEM” trended on UK Twitter, the footage of Jackie Weacer kicking a parish council member out of a Zoom meeting was set, not to Britney Spears, but to Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica II” into “911” transition.
Chromatica II into Jackie Weaver kicking Handforth PC Clerk out of Handforth Parish Council meeting pic.twitter.com/t1YyBUq5D8
— Andrew Williams (@AndrewKRW) February 4, 2021
Responding to going viral, Jackie Weaver told the BBC most council meetings are “just not like that”. She spent this morning explaining the debacle on BBC Woman’s Hour.
Jackie Weaver is on Radio 4 right now and she is a heroic, witty baroness of calm and dignity. She read the standing orders AND she understood them.
— Sooz "Handforth PC Clerk" Kempner (@SoozUK) February 5, 2021