China trip and other greedy folk in the Advertiser

The China trip as told by the Advertiser and the ‘silly season’ short on expenses!


Previously on Rotherham Politics:

Off to the Orient?

Off they go on the Oriental Express To a ancient land far and beyond Visions of China Theme Park Research is the official given reason Hard at work they shall be Not another jolly surely Those who are going on … Continue reading

13 thoughts on “China trip and other greedy folk in the Advertiser

  1. Quite right RR but if Stoney wants his mates with him on the junket Stoney gets, so what has that got to do with anything in his and his sycophant’s books?
    Wallowing in a public funded jaunt requires no scruples to Stoney (or his mates) as they wouldn’t recognise one if it jumped up and hit them.


    • To-a-d,
      Rothpol did a really good job of buying a copy of the tizer and scanning it, so that he could put it up here for all of us to read without having to pay for a copy. and then having read the article, to comment on it.
      It must be upsetting that you didn’t read it before you commented.


  2. Is this a private or an official visit? There really no in between. It is sometimes considered appropriate in government that a partner may accompany an officer or politician on an official visit, when appropriate e.g. Attendance at official functions where other partners are present. But save for the highest diplomatic levels this is rare.
    However a trip is always either private or official, and if private all costs and organisation must be covered by those going, indeed it is not even a council matter. If public, you have to make a good case for all those going, officials even, and this would certainly exclude non Council staff or politicians.
    Are Rotherham Council staff or staff/directors of a company with whom Rotheram Council are or are considering doing business in any way involved in the organisation of this tour? Either through booking transport or accommodation, coordinating and briefing those going, or in arranging meetings, visits, fraternal exchanges or hospitality?
    If this is the case, then regardless of their covering some expenses, this must either be an official visit or it is corrupt and an abuse of power.


    • Wil,
      The article says that RMBC says that are going on a “private holiday”.

      So let’s conjecture – just for the fun of it – that during Cllr Stone’s earlier visit to Xi’an he gave someone locally the names and addresses of some people he knew in UK.
      And lets say they later received some airline tickets in the post – as an unsolicited gift, or maybe as a prize in a competition they had each been invited to enter.

      Would they then have to declare it , and where?

      Surely not in the Gifts and Hospitality Register?
      Cllr Stone has never needed to declare a item for entry to his Gifts and Hospitality Register since 18 August 2010.

      I like the Chinese; I love the way they exploit the corruption among us gweilo.


  3. House of cards time folks, keep digging, a targeted FOI, gossip from those not on the trip, those at risk from UKIP in 2015.
    One more push and the whole house will come tumbling down!


  4. This lot seem a bit of a miss match for a jolly Boys outing to china or is some one showing them the light
    Or maybe Rogers getting the equivalent of a Chinese freedom of the town ??


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