This is a question specifically for the experienced Clerks on the forum.
As a Clerk, I have always adopted the approach that we shouldn't speak until spoken to. We are there to provide information, advice and guidance as and when required, not to take over and run the meeting.
At a recent meeting, one member of the council made sexist, racist and homophobic comments that went unchallenged by the Chairman and the other members. Indeed, the mood of the meeting seemed largely supportive of the sentiments expressed. I was appalled, but said nothing. Should I have intervened, not necessarily from the clerkship point of view, but based on acceptable standards of human decency? I spoke to both the Chairman and the member after the meeting, but it was clear that they didn't see it as an issue.
Could I have handled it better?