The most interesting question?

All political parties, when choosing their panel of candidates for an election, will ask some form of the most important question of all;

“Are you aware of anything, you have not already disclosed, that would cause an embarrassment to the party or bring it into disrepute, if it were to become public later on?”

An entirely honest response is expected to this question by all political parties. They do not want surprises later.

This is the most important question of all when conducting their due diligence as they chose candidates to fight the local elections of 2014.

Why do so many Rotherham Labour Councillors think this question doesn’t apply to them when they come up for re-selection. Rothpol thought it might be of interest to review some of the more honest answers to this question if they had been provided?

Readers may have their own answers to this question concerning? If you do either leave it as a comment or simply email Rothpol.

The honest answers:

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, that they were in the wrong political party.

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, they were motivated purely by personal greed.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, his conviction for affray.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, that he had misused his wife’s Blue Badge, was caught ‘bang to rights’ but escaped prosecution after a cover up.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, that he had misused his position on a charity to sack two part timers to enable a huge pay rise for his oldest son. Malfeasance almost certainly then.

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, they were concealing declarable interests.

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, they were conducting an extra-marital affair with another fellow married councillor.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, they had been involved in sexual harassment involving sexual contact with a member of staff. This resulted in a cover-up and the member of staff being paid off, at quite some expense to the taxpayer.

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, they had been involved in malfeasance.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, they received a caution after admitting an elections offence.

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, they think the normal rules don’t apply to them, the law frequently broken with impunity as they are immune from scrutiny.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, they had tried to poison us with unfit chicken. Was prosecuted but prosecution fell apart on some form of technicality.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, they had been caught misusing the council’s IT System by using a council computer for viewing pornography.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, they had been responsible for giving two sons jobs they both vacated as of 31 December 2012. They were found to be without benefit of proper selection and appointment procedures having been used. A cover- up followed.

The Councillor who failed to mention, when asked, they had been so careless of the health of Rotherham’s children, that they were caught and convicted of selling cigarettes to children.

The Councillor(s) who failed to mention, when asked, they were a racist, sexist and homophobic bigot.

A reminder of Labour’s panel of candidates for 2014

Ward Candidate
Anston & Woodsetts Jo Burton
Boston Castle Rose McNeely
Brinsworth & Catcliffe Alan Buckley
Dinnington Jackie Falvey
Hellaby Jeanette Mallinder*
Holderness Gerald Smith
Hoober Brian Steele
Keppel Ian Baron
Maltby Amy Rushforth
Rawmarsh Jane Elliot*
Rother Vale Richard Russell
Rotherham East Shaukut Ali
Rotherham West Jahangir Akhtar
Silverwood Pat Russell
Sitwell Kham, Tajamal
Swinton Stuart Sampson*
Valley Dave Pickering
Wales Jenny Whysall
Wath Alan Atkin
Wickersley Sue Ellis
Wingfield Keith Goulty

12 thoughts on “The most interesting question?

  1. What would be interesting if the question what do you know about Cllr X and Y was asked?

    Just think what would come crawling out off the woodwork!

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  2. A question that needs to be asked.

    Is there any truth that a local politician threatened to block the planning application for the new Mosque if they allowed Respect to speak at the Mosque?

    I am confident that would never happen in Rotherham.

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    • That’s a very good question.

      Your confidence is misplaced however!

      You must be referring to Yvonne Ridley, whose invitation was inexplicably withdrawn after Akhtar had a private word with them. The selfsame thing occurred repeatedly during the campaign and afterwards. It happened when Respect wanted to book premises to hold a meeting but were mysteriously un-booked once Akhtar had become involved. This and many other electoral practise irregularities have also been reported to us.

      An outrageous series of events, that betray Akhtar’s fundamental contempt for democracy!

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  3. As this information is in the public domain I have to question why Rotherham CLP and Labour HQ remain content to ignore the bombshells that are waiting to explode between now and next May.
    Malfeasance in public office is only one of the charges we can lay at the door of the Labour party.
    I’m looking forward to the fight.

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    • Reverend Paul Flowers, the crystalmethodist, at least resigned when his pornography viewing was discovered! Not our councillor, He was allowed to continue to serve to this day, even though he committed a second sexual misdemeanour, that would be regarded as an assault today and not covered up, as it was, but prosecuted!
      That this serial sexual offender, is still on the list of candidates for 2014, quite outrageous! Is it any wonder that Rotherham has become the CSE Cover up capital?

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  4. Has it ever occurred to anyone that there are such declining numbers in the local Labour Party membership that they have to really scrape the barrel. Rotherham Valley, a former stronghold with a high level of membership could hold their meetings in a telephone box. Others have had to merge due to lack of numbers, new members leave after seeing the amount of self serving, nepotism and disregard for the voters at first hand. Hopefully May 2014 will see a turning point. It has to start sometime.

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  5. Has Jeanette Malinder resigned her post at RMBC yet? If she is to stand as a councillor surely she has to resign from her present employment with the council! Also, will she stand as Labour candidate? She didn’t when she stood for a seat on Maltby Town Council.

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  6. The same Neanderthals, time after time!

    Have Labour no shame?
    Apparently not. It would appear.

    Smith and the greedy Russells really are taking the Mickey out of us, as their ages now exceed their IQs.

    But wait, we live in a democracy. The voter decides, not the Rotherham Labour Party! Upsets can happen, as Rawmarsh Ward proved back in May.

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