Jacqueline Thompson has reported on the auditors damning report into two issues at Carmarthenshire County Council. Vindication indeed! Everyone who wishes to scrutinise, those who act in our name, owe Jacqui an enormous debt of gratitude for asserting her (and … Continue reading →
The parliamentary manoeuvres this week, in the middle of the night, in Ed Milliband’s Commons Office, and the potential implications of the #daftarrest judgement, together, will require some serious consideration by bloggers such as ourselves.
Rothpol is determined to keep Rotherham Politics running! We won’t be going anywhere soon, much to the chagrin of those whom we occasionally feature in these columns, no doubt.
Blogs featuring issues such as those we cover, are now an essential part of political discourse and scrutiny of those who pretend to act in our interests, long may they continue. Oh and all parish and Town councils, should have one too! We need more blogs, not less!
“New technology – particularly social media – means new opportunities to scrutinise councils; while the growing interest in citizen journalism and blogging means more people wanting to hold their council to account. It’s important that we keep pace with these new developments. So it’s disappointing that some council officers seem stuck in the analogue age: with some banning videoing, tweeting or live blogging.”
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. From ConservativeHome.
The New Statesman have picked up on this story of excessive and over use of powers by Carmarthenshire Council and Dyfed Powys Police, arresting Jacqui Thompson the Carmarthenshire Blogger for filming a public meeting on her mobile phone!
Have Carmarthenshire Council and Dyfed Powys Police acted illiberally?
The blogger Jacqui Thompson is led away by police on 8 June. Photo: Carmarthen Journal/Alexander Smith.
The blogger and campaigner, Jacqui Thompson was last week arrested, handcuffed, marched to a police car, and then detained at a police station for two hours. All she had done was to film a public meeting of Carmarthenshire Council on her camera read on…..
Heather Brooke, the campaigner who used the Freedom of Information Act to expose the MP’s expenses scandal, has picked this up!
This example involves the illegal expenditure on libel suits, this would be very familiar to Mr Monkey and Councillor Ahmed Khan of South Tyneside Council, I would imagine.
“According to a leading textbook on libel, if a governmental body indemnifies one of its officers in respect of libel proceedings in order to assert its own reputation this is an unlawful circumvention of the rule that it has no right to commence such proceedings itself. Such a decision would therefore be liable to be quashed on public law grounds.” Pinched from Jacqui Thompson’s blog.