Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Sadly people do not always meet the expectations of public office. But what is more significant is how those in positions of responsibility behave, react and deal with the situation once an alleged breach is reported.
We have such a situation in Norland Ward, where a Councillor resigned his role the day before going to Court to be accused of very serious crimes. His guilt or otherwise is not the issue here; that is for the Courts to decide.
However, what is in question is how the allegations were reported and to whom, how the situation was dealt with by those with a mandate to deal with such issues on our behalf, and whether correct procedures were followed. These questions have not been answered satisfactorily.
In everyday life we have our own personal barometer of what is proper and correct that helps us deal with new and problematic situations. The difficulty arises when an unforeseen situation arises and there is no pattern of behaviour laid down for you.
Within the Council we are fortunate to have a set of written rules to follow, which have been democratically agreed. We must abide by these rules or suffer the consequences.