The Gazette’s lead article says there will be further investigations by the police, see http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/net-widens-Thanet-wake-Ezekiel-trial/story-18287724-detail/story.html#axzz2MIC7nb7n I take this to mean that we can expect the exposure of more fraud within the council.
I would much rather see him pay a substantial fine, and this money invested in local projects, say here in Ramsgate something to redress economic decline caused by all main council owned properties becoming derelict. Obviously I would add to this I wouldn’t want him to hold public office of any sort ever again, but would think this is a forgone conclusion.
This post is a bit of a work in progress, partly because unlike others I was surprised by both the verdict and the sentence and partly because my bookshop is very busy today. The illustrations come from a book published in 1828 by W H Ireland. Ireland is most famous for producing fake Shakespeares of his own authorship. More book details at http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/catalogue/kent_s_topographer__a_new___complete_history_of_the_isle_of_thanet_from_the_earl.htm
One aspect of this is how to deal with existing problems and council liabilities relating to the period where our council was run by someone who we now know was a criminal.
I will use Pleasurama as an example here, only because it is the local issue that I am most familiar with, over the years of dealing with this issue there have been times where decisions seemed to defy common sense.
The most notable one under Cllr Ezekiel’s leadership was the 2009 cabinet decision to continue with SFP as a developer, this was made against officer advice and took the council from a position of having little or no liability in terms of litigation from SFP to the situation where officers now say that there is a very real risk of SFP suing the council for millions if they try to pull out.
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