|A Wonga Moment|
In theory, the opposition should be allowed to ask how the situation developed, from an adjusted repayment and debt management schedule, under the Conservatives, which saw a brief dribble of income returning to the Council, to the money drying-up and the debt ballooning to well over £3 million, in the eighteen months of the present Labour administration.
The fact that I and other councillors or all parties were not made aware of a clearly out of control debt with such important financial implications and of this size is very worrying indeed. The public might have reasonably expected that this matter would have been examined or reported (even in camera) by the Council's Finance and Audit Committee, chaired by Cllr John Worrow or perhaps flagged in his annual report to Council this month but not a word.
Instead, I draw your attention to yet another secret piece of rather fuzzy filming from last night, that forced an adjournment of Council business and illustrates where Cllr Worrow's priorities lie in discharging his public duties, gifted to him in return for his vote, by Clive Hart and the Labour administration. I will let readers decide from this video whether Cllr Worrow is the correct choice to oversee the spending of your Council Tax or instead raises very important questions over Clive Hart's judgement in giving him such an important public role.
I'm prepared to bet that based on previous experience to date the 'Transparent' Labour Cabinet will be reluctant to accept sensible cross-examination of their decisions tonight. After his celebrity video debut, I very much doubt that Cllr Worrow will be willing and available tonight to accept any questions, either on what he may or may not have known about the debt through his finance and audit committee.
I'm sure the public gallery will be crowded this evening and I think that's only right. But if you are looking for straight answers, to straight questions prepare to be disappointed.
Sadly, the Thanet Gazette have now disabled the embedding of the video, possibly because too much traffic was coming here rather than there and so you now have to go to their webpage to find it here! Rather begs the question of making something public and then withdrawing it when it becomes too public.