A meeting room. A sign on the wall reads ‘Birmingham City Council Terrorist Response Committee Meeting’
A long boardroom table. Glasses of water, pens, paper, name plates for local councillors, one is labeled ‘chair’. There is no-one in the room.
There is an old-fashioned phone near the Chair’s seat, it is ringing.
We can read the chairperson’s notes. Item one is ‘apologies’, under that there is a list of committee members and reasons why they aren’t there.
Attending Marketing Birmingham Envelope Opening
Attending Capita Xmas party
At Labour leadership campaign event
Can’t make it, am at Impact hub for social capital workshop
Also on the table are two newspapers, one’s headline is ‘COUNCIL ANTI-TERROR COMMITTEE TOO BUSY TO MEET’ the other leads with ‘PARIS SHOOTER PHONED BIRMINGHAM’
The caption reads ‘one missed call’.