News from Southwark Crown Court – Lord Taylor gets a year!

At the sentencing hearing this morning at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice Saunders said that Lord Taylor had lied to the Court and Jury, under oath.

He is quoted as saying: “The expenses scheme in the House of Lords was based on trust. Peers certified that their claims were accurate. They were not required to provide proof. It was considered that people who achieved a peerage could be relied on to be honest. Making false claims involved a breach of a high degree of trust. The expenses scandal has affected the standing not just of the House of Commons but also the House of Lords.”

Lord Taylor has been sentenced to a year, but will serve three months at most, before being released under the schemes currently operating.

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Peter Thirlwall asks important new questions of Denis MacShane?

The Advertiser article on the expenses probe into Denis MacShane MP. (Pub 13/5/2011) was very illuminating. Not carried online! pity!

It would appear, from his expense claims and interests declaration, that Denis is now renting his London second home and claiming the expense of doing so, back from the Taxpayer. Simultaneously letting out his last ‘second home,’ we already bought him, and receives rental income from it!

Following the Parliamentary expenses scandal, Parliament altered the rules to phase out the practice of MPs claiming back their mortgage interest payments. Some unscrupulous MPs however are now exploiting a loophole in the rules to rent out the properties bought by us, the taxpayer, and pocketing the rent money. They are then renting another property and then claiming this rent back from the taxpayer, under second home rules. Although this is technically allowed, it is clearly offends against the intention and spirit of the rules.

Denis MacShane is clearly an exceptionally greedy person and arrogant beyond belief, if he thinks this grubby ruse, is in any way acceptable! It is not!

I would ask Denis MacShane: What he has done with the property that we bought for him? How much rental income does he receive? When is he going to sell it and does he intend to follow Nick Clegg’s recent example, returning all the profit to the public purse?

We should all demand these answers from MacShane!

Peter Thirlwall

Blogger under attack – South Tyneside Council goes on the warpath over Mr. Monkey!

Another story illustrating the alarming sense of humour loss by those who spend someone else’s money (Ours!!) taking it out on a blogger because they don’t like it when embarrassing stories about them are published online!

This particular example comes from South Tyneside, where an anonymous blogger started a blog called Mr. Monkey chronicling some of the hidden nooks and crannies in the Borough that needed a little light thrown upon them, just like Rotherham and this blog in fact, although we are not an anonymous blog.

He seems to have got under the skin of Labour leader Iain Malcolm, David Potts, the former Conservative leader serving as an Independent, Labour councillor Anne Walsh, and Rick O’Farrell, the council’s head of enterprise and regeneration.

Mr Potts said: “This is a deeply tawdry, perverted and seedy little blog that has been in existence for quite a while. It’s no longer active, as I understand, but the information is still on the internet for all to see. This was a blog that didn’t just affect councillors; it also affected council officers. We have a duty of care, as any employer does whether public or private, to defend not only our commercial interests, but also the interests of our employees. That’s why we took the action, that’s why we’re pursuing it so aggressively, and I have no doubt that we will get there, and we will win. There have been many, many disgusting claims, which I won’t repeat in order to protect my family and friends – allegations of corruption, sexual deviancy, of drug use.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “This legal action was initiated by the council’s previous chief executive and has continued with the full support of the council’s current chief executive. The council has a duty of care to protect its employees and as this blog contains damaging claims about council officers, legal action is being taken to identify those responsible.”

Pursuing this case is already proving expensive! Some £75,000 has already been spent and this is only just the beginning!

One has to wonder whether this is a reasonable expenditure from the public purse in the first place? Those claiming defamation should be spending their own money on this project, Not Ours!!

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Charlotte Linacre, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, added to the debate when she said:

“Taxpayers will be concerned at the price they are having to pay for the council to take legal action that protects some individual staff by attempting to silence others.

‘At a time when South Tyneside Council needs to reduce spending and prioritise to meet the needs of residents, it seems simply irresponsible to be spending money in the Californian courts.”

South Tyneside Independents have a view on this as well! Click on image to read!

Media lawyer Mark Stephens, who is representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said:

“I am unaware of any other occasion where somebody from this country has actually gone to America and launched proceedings in a Californian court to force Twitter to release the identities of individuals.

The implications are that people who have had their name released can actually now go to California and begin proceedings.

Local authorities cannot sue for libel and, if individual councillors have been defamed, they should take proceedings at their own cost.”

Previously on attacks on bloggers: Jacob Rees-Mogg bashes blogger into submission!.

Rotherham’s New Cabinet

Councillor Roger Stone, Leader
Councillor Jahangir Akhtar (Deputy Leader)
Councillor John Doyle, Adult Independence, Health and Wellbeing.
Councillor Mahroof Hussain, Community Development, Equality and Young Peoples Issues.
Councillor Paul Lakin, Safeguarding and Developing Learning Opportunities.
Councillor Rose McNeely, Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods.
Councillor Amy Rushforth, Culture, Leisure, Sport and Tourism.
Councillor Richard S. Russell, Town Centres.
Councillor Gerald Smith, Regeneration and Environment.
Councillor Glyn Whelbourn
Councillor Ken Wyatt, Resources and Commissioning.

Published previously: Rotherham’s Cabinet – What No Women!

Rotherham criticised in Parliament – Simply Unacceptable!

Without Liberal Member of Parliament for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham who spoke these words in a Westminster Hall Debate last week, we would not know of the simply outrageous situation here in Rotherham for those in great need:

“Mencap provided me with a graphic example of what the cuts mean for George and his daughter, who are from Rotherham. George’s daughter has profound and multiple learning disabilities. Due to her disability, she is doubly incontinent and requires the use of many disposable items of medical equipment. She lives with her dad, and as part of her care package, the council picks up all body and medical waste from the household. The waste includes faeces, urine, blood and vomit. Mencap says that Rotherham council has gone from collecting the hazardous waste once a week to once every 14 days, and has reduced the amount that it picks up by 50%. The council has also stopped providing specialist waste bags for the disposal of the waste, leaving the family to cover the additional cost themselves. That bodily waste now goes into black bin bags mixed with household waste, which are sent to landfill.”

Rotherham Council must remedy this seriously unacceptable situation, this ultimately endangers public health.

News just in! Police to probe Labour Dirty Tricks!

Police to investigate the Dirty tricks played by Gerald Smith and Holderness Labour!

Following the elections on May 5th this year when Labour went well beyond the acceptable, issuing election leaflets that were deceptive and libellous in the Parish of Aston-cum-Aughton, a complaint has been made to the Police in this case and it can now be reported that the Police have opened an investigation!

We are aware that there are similar problems in the Parish Council of Anston, where Iain St John and the local Labour Party have also been reported to the Police and we understand that this will be formally investigated as well.

Comment: Labour really need to understand that they don’t own Rotherham, they cannot expect to act outside of what is legal, decent and honest! The people own Rotherham! They need to understand that simple fact! Increasingly the public are no longer prepared to let them get away with their control freak, arrogant, greedy and dictatorial ways! Power to the people! We say!!…

Previously published: Click Here.