I recollect from many years ago a phrase which once had real meaning " my word is my bond " from a time before it was common practice to be economical with the truth and for everyone in public life and business to "spin" just about every statement or policy.
Obviously many younger readers will be completely oblivious to this phrase and its meaning as will senior practitioners of politics, so for the unfamiliar "my word" refers to a promise or commitment and "is my bond" meaning a personal guarantee and commitment.
This undertaking and acknowledgement of accountability originated with traders on the London commercial markets and was accepted as a standard throughout business and life in general.
Still life's moved on in the political and business world, seemingly dominated by slick PR wallahs and chancers' as personified bankers and business leaders with a new set of values, hopefully such a perceived of lowering of standards does not effect us here in Kent.
Is any of the above relevant, to the continuing question as yet unanswered as why child services were found to be so inadequate.
Despite Leader of KCC Paul Carter's non appearance at the recent KCC Scrutiny committee, we still don't know for a fact, whether Kent council is going deliver a proper review or not.
In the meantime here are a few words from Paul Carter concerning the dreadful circumstances resulting in Kent's children at risk
November 2010 "My energies and those of my Cabinet will be absolutely focused on supporting and challenging everybody involved to put right any shortcomings and weaknesses that have been identified by the Ofsted inspection. Paul Carter
December 2010 "What are we going to do now? Well, we have to make sure our scrutiny role is rigorous and this doesn't happen again. Paul Carter
So what does this all mean, hopefully that a full and proper public explanation as to how an "excellent" council, could mess up a vital child service provision.
Without such a review, we're left with speculation and rumour, and in some quarters the suspicion that, a review has not been undertaken for political expediency. My own view is ..... well irrelevant until we get the facts.