The 4 Independent Members of the Council’s Standards Committee were also disgusted by the personal attacks, bullying and petty vendettas taking place between councillors, and the sometimes abusive and hostile behaviour of councillors towards members of the public.
So concerned were the 4 Independent Members of the Standards Committee that they produced a report highlighting this unacceptable behaviour and calling for action to be taken to tackle what members of the public perceived to be a “dysfunctional” council and councillors.
As you may recall the Leader of the Council, Clive Hart, and several of his Labour colleagues, spent more than an hour verbally attacking and bullying the Independent Members of the Standards Committee for doing what they were appointed to do – giving independent advice about the standards of behaviour of councillors. Following this nasty incident the 4 Independent Members resigned. They subsequently rejected Council Leader Hart’s invitation to withdraw their resignations.
About this time I was handed a copy of an e-mail which exemplified just how nasty, viscous and personal Thanet politics could become. I published that e-mail. It alleged that a prominent local UKIP politician had spoken to someone in the public gallery at a Thanet Council meeting saying that he was “out to get” Councillor John Worrow and intended to “break him”. At the time I did not know who the author of the e-mail was, nor who had had transmitted a copy to Thanet Council.
I have just seen a Facebook posting from Councillor John Worrow which I reproduce below
Here is a copy of the e-mail.
Having political disagreements is one thing but turning these disagreements into vendettas, hate campaigns, personal attacks in the newspapers and spurious complaints is entirely another ball game.
Its time for some grown up sensible politics in Thanet. Its time for a change.