An independent standards committee has just published a damning report on Thanet District Council, stating that councillors have repeatedly made personal threats and attacks against colleagues and members of the public, as reported here.
The report also highlights an apparent disconnect between the actions of TDC councillors and the best interests of the people they are supposed to serve, as well as pointing to the atmosphere of secrecy councillors try to foster, such as the oft-reported ban on filming by TDC which goes against government recommendations about transparency at council meetings.
Typically and unsurprisingly, “John Hamilton” is trying to sweep all this under the carpet and obfuscate matters with yet another stream of vitriolic and unwarranted attacks. No doubt in his mind, no member of the electorate should ever be allowed to hold their representatives to account and if insulted by their councillors the ‘peons’ (as he would call them) should be honoured their Lords and Masters have even deigned to recognise their existence.
It’s likely that all local residents (that excludes “John” then…) are watching to see what happens when the dust settles. Hopefully any evidence of wrongdoing will be brought out into the open for a healthy, democratic debate and examination of the facts.