Vignette Issue 7

Page 41

Sheffield City Council, 4th March 2011

The origins of the term “Star Chamber” can be traced to King Edward II and referred to a room built specifically for the meetings of the King’s Council. Over the next 600 years the term was revived on many occasions. Most recently, Star Chambers was coined to describe the special governmental and council meetings held across the UK to discuss budget cuts following the 2010 election of the coalition government.