Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Green councillor cleared on all counts in free speech case

UPDATE: Green councillor Jason Kitcat has today been cleared of all complaints made against him - and all sanctions imposed - in a case that has cost the taxpayer thousands.

All the details of the case are in my latest - and earlier posts.

It was bound to happen, really. Before today's hearing I took delight in mentioning the case to all and sundry - I couldn't find a single person who thought pursuing this case was either just or a good use of public funds. In fact, most people thought the case itself brought the council into disrepute. All the hoo-ha has definitely increased viewing of the original clip in question.

So now only one question remains: how much public money was wasted on such things as barristers and hotel rooms, not to mention hours of officer time, on the whole charade?

Oh and I should declare an interest: I myself am subject to another standards board complaint - as a member of the Sussex Police Authority rather than Brighton and Hove City Council - a my 6th in two-and-a-half years.

I have been told it vaguely relates to something I've said on this 'blog regarding EDO protests in Brighton - but in a Kafka-esque twist I'm not allowed to know either the detailed nature of the complaint - or who made it - until after a committee has examined it. Natural justice at work? You decide!

7 comments:

  1. Can't you just either make a FIO request or get someone else to do it for you?

    Either way they will probably not release the information until they deem it appropriate.

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  2. Thanks letsgetliberal. Indeed, Jason has this morning submitted a Freedom of Information request. See: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/information_concerning_administr

    Ben

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