Well I thought I’d better post something just to let you know that I am still around and that lack of posts have been entirely due to a massive dose of apathy.
Bank holiday weekend came and went with unusually good weather and equally good golf. The boy survived Reading festival but swears he will never touch cider again, we traveled on Tuesday to Yorkshire to see my family and I swear I will never touch the M1 again, certainly not on a week day.
I spent an unusual way last Thursday of seeing how easy it can be to waste public money, by attending (along with the legendary Ron Tarry) the adjudication panel of SE England’s hearing of the alleged breach of code of conduct of the standards board by our local Mayor. This was the climax of eight months investigation which has cost the tax payer around £2 million and was all down to one member of the public falling out with him and so reported him to the standards board for supposingly favoring my planning application –and a couple of other equally insignificant parochial breaches of the councils code of conduct, like failing to disclose interests etc.
The panel listened carefully to all the facts, witnesses for the council (who were an absolute joke and at least added a humorous angle to the proceedings) and the rather attractive lady lawyer for the standards board (who added a certain eye candy angle to the proceedings, shame about the fat ankles though) and then decared that it was time for lunch. After lunch they listened a bit more to a load of twisted untruths and then declared another break whilst they make their decision. They then returned and declared that he was guilty of all charges and should be immediately taken henceforth to a place in the courtyard of the chequers hotel and hung by the neck until dead, have his head removed and impaled on a spike and displayed outside the town hall as a reminder to all town councilors to disclose their interest in whatever or whoever about anything no matter how insignificant or perhaps a warning to those well spirited members of the public not to volunteer to join the town council.
I jest of course, the Mayor’s punishment was merely a disqualification for 12 months from being a member of the planning and finance committees which just go to show how seriously the tribunal took it and highlights the waste of our money.
I wasn’t going to mention this as so many other blogs have commented one way or another on the Bush administrations lack or support, and as Grocer jack put it so succinctly on Friday 2nd, but having seen a documentary the other night, I was compelled to come to the conclusion that it was almost a purposeful lack of action, a way of ethnic cleansing by doing nothing to help dying people and being seated in the deep south I’ll bet the KKK were hanging out the flags. It has been alleged that the aids virus was brought out of the jungle in the early 70’s by American scientists, modified and then returned to Niger in an attempt to control the spiraling out of control birth rate. After watching this documentary I believe this to be entirely possible.