Borough councillor and parish councillor Gerald Smith has a wholly undeserved public reputation.
Over the last few months I have been trawling through Gerald Smiths political career and personal life to expand on my previous posting, The last of the Dinosaurs – Gerald Smith, an appreciation by termite!. Thanks to those who have given me further information, more needed so please keep the information coming.
The picture that has emerged is that of a deeply flawed man who’s personal and public life does not bear even the most cursory of investigations.
There have been at least two occasions that should properly have resulted in his expulsion from the Labour Party. They were covered up using the combined resources of Labour Group and senior officers of the council! One case resulted in significant expenditure buying the silence of a staff member the other misusing council property to view inappropriate (understatement of the year! Ed) material online. Both of these cases involved a sexual theme.
Gerald Smith is an arrogant bully who intimidates opposition from wherever it comes and revels in it even though wrong! The latest series of correspondence in the letters columns of the Rotherham Advertiser are a perfect case in point! He repeats his libels, confident in the knowledge that he cannot be sued for defamation because the cost is simply prohibitive! This is what makes his recent behaviour in the local and parish elections in May and repeated ad nauseum since, as though constant repetition would make it true, such an egregious example of unacceptable behaviour in a Labour Party candidate and Party Agent!
Gerald Smith’s past is littered with incidents any one of which should have resulted in internal Labour Party discipline. Even those that made it into formal complaints were covered up, or his behaviour excused. Considering that there are so many well documented cases, it is quite unbelievable that this arrogant political thug has not been held to account by his own party or the Rotherham Standards Board! The fact that they have failed in this duty, is the truly outrageous element to this case.
Gerald Smith’s private life is no better, investigations reveal him to be more Bonobo than Chimpanzee in terms of his sexual continence and morals. I will not give details but it is safe to assume that this has not been recent in origin but has been a feature of his behaviour all along in his political career.
I am therefore of the opinion that Gerald Smith has demonstrated his unfitness for office. Over many years the Labour Party did nothing about it, indeed they actively covered it up! The Labour Party must now deal properly with this arrogant man, if they are to retain any credibility here. They are beginning to look very foolish indeed! If one was looking for an example of how not to be an elected local politician, Smith would be a perfect example. Labour must deal with this! Their inaction is now inexcusable!
Tell them yourself : firstname.lastname@example.org.