Speaking truth unto power

24 Sep

A very interesting article here, again from the Local Government Lawyer website, particularly the bit about Monitoring Officers standing up to pressure:

But in any event, there will probably come a time in every monitoring officer’s life when the irresistible force of the legal and governance position meets the immovable object of political objection. And that is when your strength of integrity and resilience will be vital. For it may be extremely tempting to allow a small three letter word (yes) to parachute you far away from all the stress and danger of a career-threatening situation. But it is a temptation firmly to be resisted. For if no is the right answer (followed up as necessary by a statutory monitoring officer’s report), then no is the only way to go.

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