There is no criticism of Councillor Maxine Fothergill in this blog.
16 January (Part 1) -
blog below is one of around 40 relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and
Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee. It took that many blogs to at first factually report
what the Code of Conduct Committee had decided and then unravel the truth.
More than a dozen Freedom of Information requests eventually led to the conclusion
that Councillor Fothergill had been the victim of a plot by senior Bexley
Councillors to discredit her and the fact that she spotted a business
opportunity while canvassing for the Tories was just a convenient hook on which to hang her out to dry.
It took two months of enquiries for Councillor Fothergill’s innocence (link)
to become virtually certain and for the suspicions based on Bexley Council’s assertions to evaporate.
Eventually innocence was proved (link) beyond reasonable doubt.
This note aims to make it clear that the events reported between December 2015 and
the Summer of 2016 whilst accurate reflections of various events, disciplinary hearings and sanctions
brought against Councillor Fothergill they are individually insufficient to explain the whole story.
The most convincing explanation for the vendetta against Councillor Fothergill is that
the Tory High Command in Bexley had taken their revenge because Councillor
Fothergill embarrassed them by reporting one of their associates to the police for theft and as a result his
candidacy at a local election had to be withdrawn.
It was imperative that Councillor Fothergill was taught a lesson.
For reasons that are hard to fathom, in December 2017 Councillor Fothergill decided that the defence of her
position which unfolded on this blog over several months was criminal harassment in spite of the fact that without
it everyone who read the report on Bexley Council’s website would continue to believe she had been genuinely guilty
of breaching their Code of Conduct.
Councillor Fothergill reported the blogs to the police and Sergeant 11901 Robbie Cooke at Swanley Police Station
failed to conduct any investigation whatsoever and ludicrously decided that there was a case to be answered in
the Magistrates’ Court. Fortunately the Crown Prosecution Service had more sense.
One of the subjects I
discussed with @ErithLink (†) was the cyber warfare waged
by Bexley council against Bexley is Bonkers. Mr. ErithLink is, among other things, an
IT professional employed by world renowned technology companies for his programming and
networking expertise. He has access to software tools that ordinary mortals do not
and can analyse situations that I barely understand.
He said that the Denial Of Service attacks launched by Bexley Council’s IT
contractors were poorly executed and not very effective.
However perhaps he spoke too soon.
Today the BiB Facebook account has been wiped off the face of the earth. There
is no sign of it anywhere.
It may be an indication that Bexley Council does not appreciate
Councillor Fothergill’s activities being investigated.
While my own estimates suggest that BiB may be read by around 5,000 people a
month each visiting on average about twice a week, Mr. EL explained to me that that
figure excludes too many things. It omits the people reached via Facebook and
Twitter and the true figure is more like 70,000 a week.
I think that may explain why Bexley insiders have been saying "They really hate you".
So for now at least you cannot read BiB via Facebook. Perhaps if you run an
active Facebook account you might consider including links to
any blogs that take your fancy. If Bexley council is behind the Face Book
closure they won’t be able to shut us all down.
For good measure, here’s another Fothergill related Freedom of Information
request. I know of twelve so far, there may be more.
Please provide copies of all correspondence relating to any remuneration,
compensation, or any benefit in kind, paid to any person or organisation as a
result of the purchase of property by Councillor Maxine Fothergill or any other
individual, which resulted in the appearance of Councillor Fothergill before the
Members Code of Conduct Complaints Sub-Committee on 10th December 2015.
† By the way, the beverage of choice was orange juice. Heads remained totally clear.