“..busy doing real things”

11 Jul

The well-respected  Exmouth councillor who walked out of her own standards committee hearing last week, was praised for her work and commitment, in a comment left on Cllr Wright’s blog http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/exmouth_councillor_censured_by_standards_cttee/ . More about Cllr Eileen Wragg’s case is reported on the same blog today.

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3 Responses to ““..busy doing real things””

  1. Sandra Semple July 12, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Who guards the guards?

  2. Axegrinder July 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    The unhappy process to ch Cllr Wragg has been subjected defies belief. If any ordinary person, or indeed councillor, wishes to make a complaint under the Standards procedure there is a bevy of forms to fill in. That is the stated advice.

    Without this, the Monitoring Officer will not, and is not meant to, consider a complaint at all. Indeed, the official advice is that only in very special circumstances can a complaint be considered on an anonymous basis.

    Yet it would appear that the Chief Executive has advised himself that on this occasion a “verbal” complaint can start the ball rolling. There can no longer be any doubt that his competence as the head of a district authority is wholly to be questioned. If one takes the tone he sets and adds to the mix the cocksure cronies who dominate politically this council is now only of use as a model to inspire works of satire.

  3. Sandra Semple July 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    However, note that now the Standards Board for England has been abolished, all a Monitoring Officer can do is censure (and have that censure published in a newspaper) or ( in the case of the Cornwall Councillor who made disgusting remarks about disabled people) ban them from serving on some committees.

    Let us be clear, this councillor was responding to a patronising comment by the officer in the local press and stood up for those who were targeted by said officer. She did not start the ball rolling, the officer started it with his initial comments. So, does the officer get any punishment – no, he gets the Monitoring Officer to back him up.

    Something rotten in the state of Denmark.

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