I have been loathe to make any comment about the woollen shop incident but having ploughed through the hundreds of pages of documents for the standards board I find myself described as someone who would not hesitate to challenge the current administration.
The whole document is a huge pdf file that seems to confound quite a few people’s computers, I often wonder if government departments publish to the internet in this way just to confound us, click on the link if you think your computer can handle it http://tdc-mg-dmz.thanet.gov.uk/Published/C00000137/M00001171/$$ADocPackPublic.pdf if not click on the image of the relevant bit above to enlarge it.
Although I take the statement that I wouldn’t hesitate to challenge the current administration as a compliment, I should point out that I wouldn’t hesitate to challenge a Labour administration either, especially over issues that relate to health and safety of local people.
What I do find most disturbing is this attempt to discredit witnesses, I also find the inference that the council leader could be involved in council officers job applications in some way very worrying indeed.
The question really though is where do we go from here virtually everyone I speak to of every political persuasion is unhappy with the current council leadership, obviously in the fullness of time when all the petitioning and voting has been done and the people of Thanet elect a leader, the problem will go away or at least change.
There is one question that I would put to councillors it is that, were the present leader to stand for election as the new leader to be elected by the people of Thanet, would he get in? Because if the answer to that question is, not a cat in hell’s chance, then I think they should consider doing something about the situation now.