UPDATE: Is The Gazette About To Be Reported To The Press Complaints Commission?

UPDATE: Since Birdman Maclean sent his infamous attendance e-mail to all 54 councillors there’s been a flurry of activity amongst senior councillors, party whips and party leaders.

All councillors have been told to attend Thursday’s Full Council meeting and that no excuses will be accepted. If they fail to turn up certain councillors will face disciplinary action and possible de-selection.

Amazing what an e-mail can do!

Seems yesterday’s post about an investigation into councillors attendances has caused quite a stir within the town hall; it was the talk of the members lounge.

Apparently some members are wondering what the fuck the Gazette is playing at especially as the now infamous e-mail listing councillors attendances was sent by Birdman Maclean.

Some members are suggesting that Papa John Szymanski is being pressured into publishing councillor’s attendances by the Leader of the Council Miss Piggy Iain Malcolm to prove his loyalty .. could it be pay back time for all those sausage rolls and chickens drumsticks? 

It seems Papa John has once again allowed himself to be manipulated by his paymaster or is he just doing some one else’s dirty work?

Mr Monkey reckons that whoever’s behind this has been very selective and has clearly got a hidden agenda.

Careful examination of the attendances shows that the person with the worst attendance record is Alan Branley (no surprise there) so is councillor Branley the target of Papa John and his paymaster? It will be interesting to see how the article is presented when it does finally appear.

Mr Monkey wonders whether Birdman’s article will be about the handful of councillors with the worst attendance record or will it be more about councillor Branley – a bit like the recent story about councillor Hanson’s failure to attend any NHS Trust meetings. 

If so it will prove Mr Monkey’s theory that Papa John has deliberately allowed his paper to be used for political purposes, something that could cost him dear.

If Mr Monkey’s predictions are right then perhaps the Press Complaints Commission should be asked to look into what’s really going on at the Gazette and Mr Monkey might just make that call!


1 Response to “UPDATE: Is The Gazette About To Be Reported To The Press Complaints Commission?”

  1. 1 Washington Irving
    16/11/2008 at 20:15

    Sorry to post late on this subject – work requirements etc etc.

    If memory serves me well, the Gazette cannot claim the glory for the monitoring of Councillor attendance rates.

    Many moons ago, a local blog site under the name of “The Northern Herlad” did a Private Eye style “school report card” parody relating to Councillor attendance rates. I know for a fact that the author emailed Birdman last year asking him to follow up the issue on behalf of the public – MacLean took no action.

    Indeed, it was the blog’s author whose initial research revealed that not only did Councillor “ Book Maker” Pott’s have a fetish for 1st class travel, but that his crony in crime, Philip Parkinson, had a love of claiming attendance allowances but a contempt for actually attending meetings! Parkinson’s mantra should have been “lets get on the Council and see how many care home contracts I can get!”

    Now the Gazette have the nerve to claim the glory and the initiative– intellectual plagiarism obviously rules within the Gazette corridors of power!!


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