I recently complained to Gloucestershire County Council about its grossly misleading statements comparing deprived Tuffley to affluent areas of Buckinghamshire in this Newspaper article. This is the response I got.
As you know, if I am to process an allegation of member misconduct, then I need to know the identity of the member in question, the specific provision in the code that is alleged to have been breached and details of any supporting evidence.
In this case I have none of this and so I’m unable to progress the matter any further.
I do of course appreciate that the story refers only to a ‘spokesman’, but you will know that it is perfectly accepted procedure for a corporate organisation’s position to be represented in this way in the media. In the case of the Council, no inference should be drawn as to the identity of a spokesman, whether it be an officer or a member, although it can be inferred that the person in question has authority to represent the Council’s position to the media.
Further, I am also instructed that the Council stands by the position attributed to it in the story and I regret, therefore, that I am unable to assist you further on this occasion.
I have emailed Councilor Noble to ask her how Tuffley compares to these areas of Buckinghamshire and I have asked her to tell me where these comparable libraries are. As the council stands by its comments I assume she will have no problem answering me. Her silence so far in response to the questions thousands of us have been asking her however, will probably disappointingly continue – to us that speaks volumes.