One of our working groups has taken offence at a councillors e-mail message to other councillors (the offending phrase being "perhaps you men are unaware") and have included in their draft minutes the quote, along with the following message:
"it was agreed that the words 'you men' in this comment were sexist, aggressive and insulting and completely unacceptable in the modern workplace. The words seek to create a "second class" mentality implying that men do not have the necessary knowledge to make decisions in this area and disrespects the professional and personal backgrounds of those involved. It is deeply insulting both for the men to whom it was direacted, but also to the women on the group."
It goes on. I think this response is totally disproportionate to the initial comment - and their publishing this for all to see, rather than writing to the clerk could potentially be a breach of the code of conduct itself.
I would welcome people's views on what might be the best course of action for the council.