I am appalled by Thanet Council's latest press release on the Royal Pavilion here The document, quite improperly names a local business woman making critical, and what I would term abusive, comment about her. In all of my local government experience I do not recall ever seeing a press release quite like this one. I think that Thanet Council should withdraw this release with immediate effect and apologise to the businesswoman.
It is normal practice for Council press releases to be approved by the relevant Cabinet portfolio holder which is in this case is Ramsgate Councillor Rick Everitt. If Councillor Everitt did approve this press release then he should also apologise to the business woman.
This intemperate corporate outburst is the latest in a series of bully-boy posturings by senior political leaders of Thanet District Council. Councillor Allan Poole is already well know for sending
dismissive e-mails and sniggering at people at public meetings who disagree with him about the Pleasurama development. Everitt is in the habit of writing letters to the press making vicious personal attacks upon those who disagree with him, especially over the TransEuropa Ferries debt scandal. These people were elected to represent Thanet residents not to attack, criticise, humiliate and bully them. They certainly were not elected to allow taxpayers money to be spent on the publication of offensive press releases on the TDC website!
I suspect that these outburst of anger are motivated by the fact that the Thanet Council Cabinet Members know that they are wrong on Pleasurama, TansEuropa Ferries and the lease of the Royal Pavilion. Instead of listening to and working with local people to put these mistakes right, they blame the previous administration and turn on anyone who has the temerity to disagree or propose alternatives. This is a dangerous culture to promote in a public body like the Council. People with ideas are cowed into silence, people are too frightened to disagree or suggest alternatives. People turn a blind eye to bad practice and corruption for fear or reprisal. Is this what we want?
I have written to the Chief Executive asking for the press release to be taken down from the TDC website and for an explanation of how the release was approved.
Here is an appropriate song for the political bosses and senior officers at the Council who let this rubbish happen