How times change. A few years ago each Wednesday morning would find me
looking for the on-line version of the News Shopper and by
mid-afternoon a copy
would flop on to my doormat. I still get their daily email update and if a
subject catches my eye I may click on the link but at the first sign of a screen
obscuring advert or questionnaire I am off. I am not that interested in lost dogs in Sutton.
The Shopper is too often a scurrilous rag peddling unfounded rumour which is a reference to their report last year on my friend Councillor Danny Hackett. I’d not be surprised if there was a connection to his falling out with the Labour Party. Danny has shown me the text message trail which led to his name being dragged through the mud and they convinced me that I am right to keep my mobile number out of the public domain. That way it cannot be used by what in my youth were known as slags and village bikes who make late night pleas for their desires to be satisfied and become the ultimate in women scorned when turned down.
Not the only adversaries intent on Danny’s downfall of course which brings me back to @Sidcup4Remain who I suggested yesterday had complained to Bexley Council that Danny persuaded me to pick a Twitter fight. Danny phoned yesterday to say my speculative blog was pretty much correct.
I returned to Twitter on 26th September last year to draw attention to police violence in Trafalgar Square. @Sidcup4Remain jumped in next day and referred me to the police, not once but four times, for not being enthusiastic about head bashing and Danny to Bexley Council for making me do it.
I returned to Twitter on an impulse and Danny had been AWOL for some time. But there you are. S4R is extreme left and almost by definition irrational.
Danny let me see an email yesterday; he said I was OK to publish it if I wanted to but I don’t really see the need unless you don’t trust me.
The complaint against Danny was that his actions (i.e. none) had caused S4R to suffer abuse on Twitter from both @bexleynews (the Conservative propaganda machine) and Bexley-is-Bonkers. Danny had encouraged me and others to target S4R and publish details of publicly available posts so that people who were blocked could see them. Danny (who had done sweet FA) was guilty of bullying and harassment and he had brought the Council into disrepute.
There is so much insanity embodied in that short paragraph that it is hard to know where to begin. For a start Danny was nowhere to be seen over the period in question and I had been asking Teresa Pearce if she knew where he had gone. And why be so ashamed of your own Tweets that you are upset if blocked people read them? Juvenile behaviour but trusted to run, so Danny advises, what used to be called Longlands Labour. Hard to believe.
Danny has been blocked by S4R since 2018 so was not in a good position to know what she (his correspondence reveals the Tweeter to be female) was doing and @bexleynews was entirely justified in hitting back after S4R accused them of starving children and smiling during a pandemic. It led to this (and fatism). For once @bexleynews did not put a foot wrong.
It takes a lot of factual contortion to unite @bexleynews, Danny and me but if factual contortions are your thing you can become a leading light on the outer fringes of politics. Left or right, take your pick.
The complaint was thrown out on first examination by the Head of Bexley’s Human Resources, one Nick Hollier. Not all bad as you can see.
I am looking forward to the appeal.