Tuesday, 7 August 2012

#QuackCWaC Council leader in Private Eye AGAIN: 'WHO'S THE DICKHEAD?'

UPDATED 8th March 2013: CWaC leader Mike Jones in Private Eye again. A Hat Trick!

UPDATED 19th February 2013: Cheshire council leader in the clear over remark. Really?

UPDATED 19th August 2012: Formal complaint submitted about the offensive comment.

UPDATED 26th August 2012: Story hits The Telegraph.

UPDATED 18th January 2013: Resident claims Cheshire West and Chester Council conduct code has ‘gone out of window’

Updates below original post.

It was recently reported in the Chester Chronicle that Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, ‘regrets’ using insulting swear word at two ward members. Read the full Chester Chronicle article. However, the story was limited to the local press until Private Eye picked up the story.

This is the second time Cheshire West and Chester Council have been mentioned in Private Eye, on both occasions because they ran a story about the Cheshire West and Chester Council leader.

Unfortunately Private Eye is not in our local shops until Wednesday (tomorrow) but I have managed to obtain a copy from London for a sneak peek, hence this post title.

If you want to read the full article please buy a copy of Private Eye (or better still subscribe because the way things are going it won't be long before Cheshire West and Chester Council are in it again). They have a special section for Rotten Boroughs and it looks like #QuackCWaC are very keen to join other regulars such as Barnet and Carmarthen councils.

Extract above added on Wednesday 8th June 2012 11am
The $64,000 question is what are #QuackCWaC standards committee going to do about it? Unlike the earlier article CWaC can't even argue it's a personal matter, especially since a CWaC spokesperson has already attempted to excuse/mitigate their own leader's blatant breach of their code of conduct. See Chronicle Article,


Code of Conduct extracts

Introduction and interpretation

(1.1) This Code applies to you as a member of an authority.

(1.3) It is your responsibility to comply with the provisions of this Code.

Scope (2.5) Where you act as a representative of your authority—
(a) on another relevant authority, you must, when acting for that other authority,
comply with that other authority's code of conduct; or
(b) on any other body, you must, when acting for that other body, comply with
your authority's code of conduct, except and insofar as it conflicts with any other
lawful obligations to which that other body may be subject.
General obligations

(3.1) You must treat others with respect.

(5) You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as
bringing your office or authority into disrepute.

Download the full Code of Conduct here.

UPDATED 19th August 2012: Formal complaint submitted about the offensive comment.

Tattenhall resident Colin Oats told the Chronicle he has lodged a complaint, believing the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) leader was in breach of the Code of Conduct for Members.

My comment: Having read the code of conduct for CWaC members it certainly appears the comment breached the CWaC members code of conduct. However, what will be more interesting is what CWaC Council do about the matter, for it is their reputation on the line now not their leaders. 

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle


UPDATED 26th August 2012: Story hits the Telegraph


My comment: First only the local press published stories about #QuackCWaC, then Private Eye joined in and have published two so far. Now it looks like the mainstream national press have started to take an interest in the goings on in #QuackCWaC Council. 

UPDATED 18th January 2013: Resident claims Cheshire West and Chester Council conduct code has ‘gone out of window’

A COMPLAINANT challenging Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones says the authority’s code of conduct ‘lies in tatters’ after the councillor refused to co-operate with the investigation.

An external investigator found Cllr Jones broke the councillors’ code of conduct, although the council leader refused to co-operate with the inquiry. How the leader will be dealt with has yet to be decided.

Mr Oats, who is becoming frustrated with the lengthy process, said: “Any councillor can now turn around and say ‘I’m not willing to participate in the investigation’ and there is nothing the council can do because Cllr Jones has set the precedent.”

My comment: I will reiterate what I said earlier , what will be more interesting is what CWaC Council do about the matter, for it is their reputation on the line now not their leaders. 

What an utter shambles, some 6 months and #QuackCWaC council still can't sort out a simple undefended complaint. No wonder they have problems with more serious matters.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chrincle


UPDATED 19TH February 2013: Cheshire council leader in the clear over remark. Really?

COUNCIL leader Mike Jones will not face any further action for calling two of his constituents ‘d***heads’.

Mr Goacher left the council in December and his replacement Meic Sullivan-Gould – who was appointed this month – has ruled no further action should be taken against Cllr Jones.

My comment: So the matter is delayed until Goacher leaves and an interim,  Meic Sullivan-Gould, who was only recently appointed and specialises in solving crises for Councillors and Councils reaches the decision that the leader is now in the clear over his remark.

Accordingly when I look at the headline "Cheshire council leader will face no further action over remark".  I can only ask really? Then they wonder why many residents think Chester West and Chester Council is a Quack Council.

Read the full story from the source Chester First


UPDATED 8th March 2013: CWaC leader Mike Jones in Private Eye again


My Comment: Looks like the Ken Livingstone/ defence has now given elected representatives, like Mike Jones, a loophole with which to drive a coach and horses through their code of conduct.

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