Thursday, 15 August 2013

"CoffeeGate" Scandal Rocks Thanet Council

Shock horror! Following complaints about thirsty  members of the public helping themselves to cups of coffee at Council meetings, the coffee machine was moved on the special orders of the Chief Executive to another location where the greedy council taxpayers could not lay their hands on it.
Only problem was the Chief Executive forgot to tell the thirsty Councillors where the machine had been stashed. Well,  following an emergency meeting of Council called at great public expense, and  investigations by the District Auditor and the Information Commissioner , the Chief Executive was ordered to reveal the location of the machine. here is the secret e-mail which reveals the X which mark the spot

Dear Members,
To reduce uncertainty regarding where the Coffee machine will be located prior to committee meetings held in the Council Chamber, the Coffee Machine, will now be located in the Members Room on the second floor of the Council Offices prior to those meetings.
Kind Regards
This email and any attachments are confidential and intended solely for the addressee and may also be privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the addressee, or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately, delete it from your system and do not copy, disclose or otherwise act upon any part of this email or its attachments.

Any views expressed in this email are those of the individual sender, except where the sender specifies and with authority, states them to be the views of Thanet District Council
So there you have it a Council which secretly gambled with £3.3 million of your money is now denying you a free cuppa on the rates! Perhaps there is a method to this madness and in several millennia stopping you thirsty lot from having free coffee will pay off the TransEuropa Debt? Happy days.


  1. I really do feel this 'gate' suffix on everything is totally played out and really shows a lack of imagination. Starting with Watergate it was perhaps inevitable that for a time all scandals would be suffixed gate. However, it is now like a stale joke and I would suggest the 'coffee-gate' is a gate too far.

  2. Coffee at meetings is an accepted norm. Will there be tap water available? Or a water cooler? Bet there will now.....

  3. When there are two gate suffix's to Thanet towns, it shouldn't be used (if only it wasn't so appropriate).

  4. why is my money being used to buy these well paid public servants with complimentary drinks.