Rogue Clerk tells Cllr to “F*ck off!”
- – an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on another dysfunctional public body – North Thoresby, Waithe & Grainsby Parish Council, situated just south of the Humber. The Councillor on the receiving end of the Clerk’s unforgiveable retort – Councillor Lynne GALE – has the support of parishioners in her attempts to return the Parish Council to some semblance of normality, but such is the devotion of some of her fellow members to the Cult of the Clerk (see my article, here) that her reward has been a torrent of abuse.
Mr Simon R. Baxter JP MIFA ADIP FAPS
Mr BAXTER is well-known on the Hull poker-playing scene (a legend in his own lunchtime) – though his affection for publicity has been much reduced in recent years, as is so often the case with chisellers and chancers when the blarney begins to unravel.
Behind this ‘shock-horror’ headline lies yet another astonishing example of how the ‘Cult of the Clerk‘ is fast becoming a malignant cancer within the lower tiers of local government.
No doubt there are many excellent, conscientious, community-serving Councillors throughout the ten thousand (or so) Parishes in this country.
But there are also quite a number of rogue Clerks/RFOs who prey upon the weak of mind and weak of morals (every Council has them, especially where co-option has circumvented accountability to the electorate), moulding them into obedient acolytes who almost deify the Clerk – who, of course, can do no wrong. Or not much.
I hope to find time, in the New Year, to set out the full extent of the damage wreaked upon North Thoresby and its satellite villages. Readers are welcome to offer material via the Enquirer ‘letters’ email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – stating “ROGUE CLERKS” in the subject line.
Also in the pipeline: exposeés of rogue Clerks in the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland and even in John POULSON country – West Yorkshire.