Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Labour Councillor used pseudonym to praise own work

Such is the lack of support or enthusiasm for Labour Councillors these days,that some of them have come up with a new way of promoting themselves.

Labour councillor Ben Grower has been exposed for using a number of pseudonyms to write letters to his local newspaper to "praise" his own work.

In one post about plans to build Europe's first artificial surf reef in Boscombe, the Labour councillor wrote: "At least two councillors seem to be concerned about this mess. Well done Cllrs Ratcliffe and Grower."

Other comments praised him for fighting a housing plan and, concerning the expansion of a dentist's surgery, he wrote: "Just shows that the area does have councillors who care about their residents.

"Well done Ted Taylor, Ben Grower and Beryl Baxter."
Grower said that many other councillors did the same thing but he had never written anything "offensive". I believe him on that point. He is hardly likely to write a letter, saying that he is a liar and a fraud.

But if what he says about other councillors committing the same offence is true, then he should name them. Voters in his ward should make a formal complaint to the Standards Board on his actions and demanding he be disciplined.

But having been exposed he does not intend to stop. He says that he will carry on praising himself but would use a different pseudonym. This truly shows the arrogance of the people we are up against.

If they are allowed to get away with this kind of behaviour, it totally destroys any confidence members of the public have in their local councillors.

But if you want to see real arrogance in operation, then you might like to visit this article on how the conservatives deal with real letters from real constituents.


And let us not forget how Home Secretary Jacqui Smith pursuaded her husband to write letters in support of her without actually mentioning that he was paid £40,000 per year by her to do so.


Anonymous said...

Green Arrow, you are the greatest.

Better than even sliced bread.

Thank you for exposing this man.

By the way your blog is also great.

The Green Arrow said...

Laughs at own joke.

Anonymous said...

It goes all the way up the hierarchy "Dear Mr Editor, That Jacqui Smith is doing a fabulous job, her HUSBAND writes to newspaper"

I suppose there aren't many people willing to blow NuLabour's trumpet these days, so they have to blow their own.

The Green Arrow said...

Anon 09:41

I was going nuts this morning looking for that link to include.

Will update article.

Thank you

Fidothedog said...

The sort of bloke who would not learn, set up a new e-mail and post comments again....