In my rush
to bring news of Teresa ONeills new responsibilities I missed a vital point.
Her new appointment by the Mayor is not to advise Waltham Forest
council but all Outer London boroughs. Boris Johnson has courted ONeill because
he admires your experience, common sense and judgement when it comes to matters
affecting outer London and he hopes you will have the time and willingness to
put that at my disposal. It is not my intention to make a public
announcement. Despite that you can find
his letter to ONeill
on the Mayors website.
Has Boris taken leave of his senses and playing fast and loose with his reputation again? Is the appointment ONeills reward for covering up after Johnsons deputy and one time Bexley council leader, Ian Clement, was caught misusing his credit card? ONeill was deputy leader under Clement and her denial of any knowledge of credit card abuse and blaming junior staff for turning a blind eye or not realising what they were doing doesnt ring true. ONeill subsequently refused to forward fraud allegations to the police. Wont Boris getting into bed with someone with such a dubious financial past risk damaging his own reputation just as it did when his deputy Ian Clement and former Bexley council leader was convicted of fraud?
One must wonder where ONeill will find the time for the liaison, she claims to do her council work full time and unlike leaders elsewhere not to be in any other full time employment. She was on record very recently saying I work jolly long hours so how much will Bexley be neglected because of her agreement to climb Boriss greasy pole?
Teresa ONeill can be seen as a singularly unimpressive performer at Bexley council meetings and is the boroughs principal opponent to government pleas to reduce fat cat salaries. She says they are good value. How can Boris possibly think, without a hint of considering any other leader, that she is the most suitable person to advise on economic, environmental and social policies?