image shows what you currently get if you try to find The Arts Council of Bexley on
the web. Bit of a mess isn’t it? The Home page seems to have gone missing and
it’s been like it for a week. The Arts Council of Bexley is funded by Bexley
council taxpayers and has been accused of carrying links to Conservative party sites; something that has been
defended in the council chamber. You can see by the list of folders that it
includes folders for ETCA (Erith & Thamesmead Conservatives) and Lesnes (Lesnes
Abbey Conservatives). Thanks to this technical glitch I can now see with near
certainty what councillor John Davey, who has
claimed responsibility for the website
in a letter to a newspaper, has been up to.
Apologies if this is a little bit on the techie side but Davey has arranged that his political domain names (the bit that goes before the .co.uk or whatever) doesnt go to web storage space that is dedicated to that domain which would be the orthodox way of going about providing a website; he has fixed things so that his Conservative party address is automatically redirected to the Arts Council of Bexley web space, thereby saving the cost of buying web space for the Conservative party’s exclusive use. Cunning eh? Normally the redirection would be masked from public view, the glitch has given the game away.
Note that the address bars (URL bar) in the images in the gallery section (click the picture) show artscouncilofbexley.org.uk and not Conservative party addresses. The moral of the story is that if you are going to be a little underhand, make sure the cover-up is foolproof.