The news that Councillor Maxine Fothergill has had to pay £70,000 in damages following
her libel of a former employee and her new employer proved to be
something of a damp squib although it may be just a slow burner.
Whilst some believe nothing appeared in the local press because they are in hock to Bexley Council I think it is just as likely that they do not have the resources to plough through 50 or more documents - I never did get around to counting them.
The press will shortly get a 400 word summary but probably they would rather pretend it never happened. More promising is the property trade journal that has requested a 1,000 word article.
Part of the damages settlement was that by 28th November an apology must be sent to the approximately 280 people who were told very big fibs by Councillor Maxine Fothergill. That apology - unsigned - has been dropping through letter boxes across the borough today.
Click image above to read all of Councillor Fothergill’s apology.
BiB has refrained from passing comment on the morality, or lack of, lying behind
this case preferring to let the facts speak for themselves. Even so there have
been accusations that some of those ‘facts’ were fabricated for effect. Not a single one was, from the
congratulations that came from Kent police through to
the solicitor’s estimate of costs,
everything is unfortunately only too true.
There have been requests, some might say demands, to remove all reference to the libel case from Bonkers, the justification being that it will damage Councillor Fothergill’s business.
But news is news and it has to stay, where would one draw the line if censorship became the norm?
Bexley Council goes out of its way to shame local businesses that run foul of its rules and unnecessarily publishes the addresses of litter offenders. Maxine Fothergill is a Councillor in Bexley, and as far as anyone knows, she fully approves of every action taken by her Council.
And even if BiB removes some pages will UKIP Bexley do likewise?