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Bonkers Blog March 2013

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9 March - Bexley council, the School for Scandal

Private EyeBefore Bexley was run by Will Tuckley and Teresa O’Neill we had Nick Johnson and the convicted fraudster Ian Clement. In 2007 the two cobbled together over a tax payer funded dinner a nice little deal that saw Johnson leave with a £300k. pay off and £50k. a year for life after fewer than four years service. We are still footing the bill.

Although the official excuse given was poor health Johnson took up a similar but better paid job with Hammersmith & Fulham council where the same standard of behaviour prevails. He kept his pension through a tax avoidance scheme.

H&F council is embarked on a scheme to knock down the Earl’s Court exhibition hall and clear some of the surrounding area for new housing. Long term residents there must be persuaded to move away - which is where Mr. Johnson’s skills come into play. It has been suggested he has made offers of an unauthorised nature.

Apart from the Private Eye comment seen here, the Guardian website has a report including an audio recording of the dubious incident involving the former Bexley chief executive. The quality of the recording is unfortunately extremely poor.

 

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