You’d think with the massive cuts which Labour claim are being inflicted on the City members of the controlling Labour Group would have useful things to do with their time. But as the article below from Mr Brocklebank shows that is clearly not the case.
The facts are that I inadvertently put 7 political letters in with the council mail; I also used the WRONG HEADED NOTEPAPER in an internal circular to Lib Dem members. I used my “Leader of the Council Group” instead of my “Leader of the Liberal Democrats” heading (at no cost to the council)
As soon as my transgressions were brought to my attention I immediately conceded culpability for these minor errors brought about by pressure of work.
However that is clearly not enough for the Labour Party. They have already held a special investigation to prove what I had already told them. They also held a special committee meeting of 7 Labour members and 1 Lib Dem. They now intend to censure me at the next meeting of the full council.
The total cost of this investigation and censure is more than £2,000. Steps have already been put in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen again so this is a complete waste of time and money.
I was going to have a bit of a rant about it but have decided to leave you instead with the words of the erudite and loquacious Mr Brocklebank of the Liverpool Daily Post. As an impartial observer he can put things so much better than me!
Mister Brocklebank: Frankly, my dear, we do give a damn
Justice takes many forms as Mahatma Gandhi and Homer Simpson both illustrate
“The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government,” said George Washington.
And just over 100 years later, Mahatma Gandhi expounded: “We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.”
Certainly Liverpool’s Labour Party seems to subscribe to the letter of the two vignettes of wisdom, given that today it intends to render justice to Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Richard Kemp.
And, to quote that other sage, Homer Simpson: “There’s no justice like mob justice.”
Cllr Kemp is to be called before a specially convened complaints panel because he used council resources for political purposes.
For, according to Cllr Kemp himself, he inadvertently franked seven political letters with a council franking machine, costing the authority the grand total of £1.40.
No wonder the council is on the verge of bankruptcy when such flagrant profligacy abounds.
Still, resources don’t seem to be tight enough to accept Cllr Kemp’s admission that he committed this foul deed (and used the council’s logo on a few hundred other letters, which, despite costing nothing, is also beyond the pale). For a considerable amount of senior officer time has been invested in investigating this transgression, including interviewing Cllr Kemp and several council staff members. All for an offence that has already been admitted.
The panel, of course, would always have been needed to decide on punishment. The full inquisition maybe less so. Beyond fear or favour, the fact that the panel (proportionate to council seats) consists of seven Labour members and one Lib Dem surely means there can be no doubt that justice will be served in the fairest way, and politics will not come into it when it meets later today.
As for what reproval he can expect? A stern letter, a dressing down by way of a council motion, or being kicked off any relevant committee if it can be shown that his grave offence means he can no longer be considered to be appropriate for such a post … oh, and being cast out into the Phantom Zone for eternity like General Zod at the start of Superman II, if some have their way.
All this for an offence already admitted. There’s only one thing more excessive than using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and that’s using a sledgehammer to crack a nut someone has already shelled for you.