Paul Diviani Lashes out!

6 Oct

East Devon Council leader Paul Diviani is clearly very rattled indeed.

In an email to parish councillors and others about possible budget cuts he unleashed an extraordinary tirade against independent councillor Claire Wright and community groups Save our Sidmouth and East Devon Alliance.

He railed:

“The Ottery Councillor and her allies in the political opposition groups EDA/ SOS are self-publicists running negative campaigns, invariably giving half a misinformed story and making no useful or positive contribution to the debate. This is not the time for political point scoring (sic!); we are some way past that and need to concentrate on putting things right for all our sakes.”

What possible explanation could there be for this outburst?

Could it be the ballooning cost of the Leader’s pet project to build a new council HQ at a time of austerity and Government exhortations to councils to be frugal?

Over half a million has already been spent on “examining the options”, and recent talk of a £4.8 million loan to fund the move from the Knowle has spooked some of the usually docile Majority party.

Cllr Diviani must feel vulnerable.

Time to look for some scapegoats?


4 Responses to “Paul Diviani Lashes out!”

  1. Tim October 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    What debate? Perhaps Cllr Diviani should check the roll out of his vanity project. Public debate has been noticeably absent in that matter – as is all too often the case

  2. L. Woodward October 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Am I not right in thinking that Cllr Wright got more votes than any other Councillor in East Devon in the recent County Council elections? I think she represents the views of more than just one or two campaign groups!
    I thought the EDA was a group asking for appropriate planning for East Devon. Interesting that this should be seen as a political opposition group!

  3. Media Mandy October 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    “The Ottery Councillor”? Surely a “reasonable person” would find this a very odd way to address a fellow councillor.

    • Peter Bending October 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      “Reasonable person” Paul Diviani! Arrogant, Rude, Jealous even possibly mysoginistic who knows but reasonable no way.

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