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Bonkers Blog October 2011

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7 October (Part 2) - Rattling their cages

Council's statement on salaries
It’s always nice when Bexley council acknowledges their critics, whether it be a harassment letter or a press statement. Today they have posted a message on their website about the Bexley Council Monitoring Group’s petition which if I have counted correctly has now had five press mentions. The council gives it a heading of ‘Setting the record straight’: when was any Bexley council statement straight? Cheapest car parking, among the lowest council tax rates, top recycler, £3 million pound saved. Straight as a corkscrew. Their statement is that the petition is inaccurate and misleading; note that they do not say in what way it is inaccurate or misleading. All the illustrative figures were taken from Bexley council’s website. The petition does not require the council to debate individual salaries as Bexley council dishonestly claimed in its initial press release…
A recent conversation with a councillor who I would rather not name revealed that they had all been told the petition was “inaccurate and misleading” but when that councillor was shown the petition (s)he realised that it was quite different to the officially disseminated information.

Bexley council is in full on headless chicken mode; to mark the occasion the site’s Home page and the site banner has been overlaid with a new graphic.


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