Exhibit 1 Last weeks video of Thanet District Council meeting , if you care click on the Youtube link above, you will probably have the urge to turn it off within a few seconds. For some "technical reason" the sound has an echo, making what is, often the unintelligible, even more so.
This problem appeared on the previous video, and you would have thought that the council would have put some effort into sorting this out, but given their hostility to implementing government wishes, to allow the public to record meetings, they haven't.
I appreciate that many Thanet councillors and "officers" are put out by public scrutiny, and many have a severe personality disorder thinking they are vastly more important than the oiks such as you and I who merely foot the bill for their often delusional self importance way of doing things.
Thanet Council seems to ignore the fact that you and I pay their wages or allowances, the least they could do is welcome the public and scrutiny, I must say how surprised I am the Labour (often sold as the peoples party) have continued TDC an apparent vendetta, against the people they work for.
I think that Sue Mcgonical chief exec and Clive Hart council leader, have a duty in a democratic society to be open, and while I think of it Thanet council was recently audited by the Local Government Association, they have received a draft report which admittedly is not the same I presume as the finished item but why not let councillors and the public have a gander.
No wonder many of us view the council with great distrust, particularly when bad news is feed to the public, months, even years after the event and then only when those responsible have got their stories straight and the right spin in place.