Not much causes shock in the goings of local democracy even with the somewhat crazy elements that have cropped up in this current Thanet council. Still news comes of the suspension of Cllr Ken Gregory, apparently for having received a police caution for an offence against another councillor.
This comes from what I see as a background of tensions within the council that are effecting the governance of council and the zealous pursuit of the slightest non politically correct comment or the mildest of perceived slight is becoming untenable.
I'm quite clear that I have been threatened by councillors on the mildest of points with police action, with hysteria and over-reaction. Even apologising for comments made by others, isn't good enough. Let's get this clear once and for all nobody cares if your miserable, gay or what, get over it.
It seems incumbent on the either the Chair of the Council or indeed the leader Cllr Clive Hart to get their head out of the sand or whatever dark place, and speak with elements within the council that are now using the law in an unintended way.
On a personal note Cllr Ken Gregory has my best wishes and support, if he has transgressed I can only assume it has been a reaction, as the result of the pervasive, repressive, and threatening atmosphere in which some councillors are now in my opinion abusing the law.
It seems those happiest to invoke allegations of "hate crime" are themselves guilty of trying to manipulate the law, in a way not dissimilar, to both fascist and socialist in the past. I cannot help but think some councillors dream of show trials in which political enemies are disposed of.
Still we've probably not heard the end of this, as I understand at least one Labour councillor is alleged to have made abusive comments via the internet and again I can only assume that if true it might have been the result of the malign atmosphere of threats of which I've myself been a victim.
31 May 2012
Statement from Cllr Bob Bayford
It has come to my attention that Cllr Ken Gregory has
received a police caution for an offence against another
The TDC Conservative Group demands the highest standards
of conduct from its members and I have decided to suspend
group membership from Cllr Gregory with immediate effect,
pending further consideration of the situation.
For the time being, I will assume responsibility for
shadowing the Housing and Planning portfolio.