Where would I be without helpful readers? No sooner had I mentioned
earlier today and council leader Teresa O’Neill’s less than satisfactory response to
councillor Borella’s comments than I was reminded of an old News Shopper news item. A
quick look around the web found the two items reproduced below.
John Watson of the Bexley Council Monitoring Group asked leader O’Neill at the July 2010 council meeting to react to the Standards Board for England’s ruling on the declaration of membership of the Freemasons. See Agenda below.
The Board said membership must be declared in the Register of Members’ Interests. When I inspected that Register in May 2011 three councillors had done so.
Council leader Teresa O’Neill’s response was recorded in the News Shopper - reproduced above. She confirmed that councillors must register their membership. Last week when councillor Borella drew attention to the lack of registration O’Neill said she trusts them to do it. Obviously she shouldn’t. John Kerlen recently reported that the Register had been severely whittled down since I saw it 18 months ago and councillor Borella has confirmed it. Ten masons; three or fewer in the Register.
Wherever you look within Bexley council disrespect for guidance, a lack of common decency and a disregard for the law are never far away.
News Shopper's report.