Some people are extremely selfish and unworthy of respect:
“Silence!” said the mayor. “I am speaking.” He wriggled slightly from side to side, wedging himself more firmly into the chair. He’ll need to be pried out of it, Lina thought.
The mayor is a greedy hypocrite, it’s almost painful to watch him in action. He gorges himself while planning to let the citizens of Ember starve, and he demands that people respect his authority when he’s clearly done nothing to earn their respect. We’re starting to wonder if he’s greedy for power as well as for food.