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Bonkers Blog December 2013

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6 December - Tuckley has no answers so he resorts to idle threats

Will TuckleyWill Tuckley has added his name to those willing to support the lying Bexley councillor Cheryl Bacon and has followed much the same path as his minions faced with defending the indefensible. He has ignored the parts of my complaint which would prove Bacon a liar and retaliated with threats. I suppose if it is a toss up between supporting a law breaking councillor and risking a quarter million pound salary, honesty is likely to go flying out of the window.

To prove his worth Tuckley has come up with a new excuse for law breaking. Anyone who sits near a member of the public who the council may have reason to bar from a meeting will be deemed to be associated with that person and similarly barred whether they are entirely innocent bystanders or not.

The problem with that line of defence is that I wasn’t sitting near to Nicholas Dowling and his audio recorder on 19th June, I was sitting where the council directed me to do so. I have for a year or more tried to sit away from Nicholas and his friends because of their habit of whispering directly into my ear and hindering note taking. Recently the council has decreed that everyone recording a meeting should sit together which isn’t helping in that regard.

So let’s begin taking Tuckley’s question dodging apart. He has adopted the “vexatious” line so beloved of corrupt councils everywhere. I am accused of being a serial complainer whose activities must be curtailed. If he had stopped to think he may have noticed that I did not complain about Cheryl Bacon stopping everyone from attending her public meeting as several others did. I did nothing until I discovered that Tuckley’s council was answering those complaints by broadcasting lies about me; naming me and implying I was one of a gang rampaging through the chamber.

When I eventually complained, nearly three months after the illegally closed meeting, that I had said and done absolutely nothing to deserve being libelled I made a simple request…

I must ask you to widen your enquiries so as to confirm my account; several councillors were able to look straight at me and did. They will not be hard to find. I want to know who it was who labelled me disruptive either personally or by a broad-brush statement.

I sent it directly to Will Tuckley and it was my first complaint since I wrote to him in June 2011 after councillor Peter Craske’s internet connection mysteriously generated a stream of obscenities directed at me and three other residents.

Mr. Tuckley did not see fit to answer but the Legal Officer Lynn Tyler did so and ignored my request totally. I was asked to respond to Director Paul Moore if I was not satisfied with Tyler’s response which I did. I did not complain about my illegal exclusion from the meeting, that in my view is a relatively minor issue which proves only that councillor Cheryl Bacon is a useless committee chairman undeserving of her £2,200 a session fee. Cheryl Bacon being an industrial scale liar is far more serious.

This is part of what I said to Mr. Moore…

My complaint was that councillor Bacon had written untruthful statements about myself and others and that these were being sent to other members of the public labelling me a trouble maker when the fact is I sat quietly and said absolutely nothing during the meeting.

As you know from other correspondence, I have written support for that statement from members of both political parties.

If I may summarise the position, councillor Bacon accused a group of people including myself of creating a disturbance, none of your chosen witnesses confirmed it and more than a handful of witnesses are ready to confirm that the disturbance described by councillor Bacon did not take place. Two senior council officers have strenuously supported councillor Bacon's account despite neither of them being at the meeting and having only councillor Bacon's account to fall back on. This is as stupid as it is dishonest. I trust you will be the first to explore the avenues I have indicated to arrive at the truth.

Mr. Moore may not have been willing to be the one who discovered the truth so he didn’t reply.

On 23rd September I additionally complained about Mrs. Tyler spreading Bacon’s false allegations via a Freedom of Information response. Once again my complaint was not about being excluded from the meeting…

Presumably no one at the Civic Centre has been prepared to speak the truth on the record but I know, and have evidence, that others are fully aware of what the council is doing and suitably ashamed of it. If this situation is not to escalate further may I suggest you call a meeting with Councillor Slaughter who was nearest to me and should know exactly what I did at that meeting and with the Hallkeeper so that he can confirm that he did not accompany the police to the Council Chamber, and myself, all present.

I referred to councillor June Slaughter because I was sitting very close to her and she exchanged several ‘knowing glances’ with me while I remained mute. There were others I could name but she was closest and I felt she might be ready to speak the truth if approached. The reply came from Human Resources manager Nick Hollier who decided it would be best not to pursue the truth. He was unwilling to look beyond the statement by the lying Cheryl Bacon.

Because I also asked for the Hallkeeper’s confirmation that the police entered the chamber alone (the council had claimed the Hallkeeper was otherwise occupied monitoring entry to the reconvened meeting) they had to belatedly write a statement for him - one which in my presence the Hallkeeper denied making.

So we have now got to the stage when I have several times made it clear that my complaint is about Bacon’s lies and not my exclusion from the meeting and twice asked senior officers to seek the truth from third parties and none of them are prepared to do so. What does that tell us?

Tuckley now wishes to close down the correspondence and impose sanctions on me. Tuckley says my “continued accusations against individual officers are not accepted as fair or reasonable commentary” and he will be required “to take steps to protect staff generally from the unwarranted attack that you have subjected them to through your website”. If I continue he will be…
You’d expect better research from someone on a quarter of a million a year. I addressed all of the Bacon related complaints to Tuckley except in one case when directed by the council to do otherwise. In the previous three years I have written once to Tuckley, a couple of times seeking permission to take photographs to addresses provided by the Contact Centre, and occasionally replied to council staff who have initiated correspondence. Sanctions one and two will change nothing.

Then Tuckley says that councillors lying, as Bacon undoubtedly has, and councillors committing arrestable offences is “trivial”, for if he had checked his facts he would know that I have complained about nothing else. It is interesting to note that the Chief Executive of Bexley council regards criminal acts as trivial.

 If Tuckley is concerned about cost pressures he might consider whether responding to my first request “I must ask you to widen your enquiries so as to confirm my account” instead of refusing to do so and thereby provoking follow up complaints might not have been by far the cheapest, not to mention the most honest response.

I have named two council officers while covering this issue. One is Mrs. Lynn Tyler about whom I said…

I understand that Mrs. Tyler is the council’s Principal Legal Officer and, I would assume, bound by certain professional ethics so perhaps it is reasonable to assume she is merely relaying the information she was fed and I should not blame her directly for the fabrication.

…and also Mr. Nick Hollier who I no doubt exposed to ridicule because he said a single use of the word ‘lying’ in a complaint about lying was “hostile, abusive, offensive and unreasonable”. I asked Tuckley to identify the abusive parts of my email but he has failed to come up with any. Then the question dodger wonders why he keeps getting repetitive and expensive complaints.

Councillor Cheryl Bacon has lied comprehensively, numerous councillors know it, several have been prepared to say so and a small number have made their views clear in writing. Would the L word be repeated so often if the evidence for it was not plentiful?


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