In the discussion tha followed Thanet Locals on Thanet District Council - The Basic Idea James Maskell and Cllr Mike Harrison identified that Thanet District Council (TDC) have a constitution that governs all aspects of the council. Cllr Mike Harrison indicated that he helped to write it but that it was not written in the plainest English.
Having had a little time with it I can fully agree with that sentiment. That fact notwithstanding I've been reading it any way. In this post I will attempt to identify parts of the constitution that might apply to current stories covered by local bloggers. Specifically the controversy surrounding Simon Day and the Behaviour of Sandy Ezekiel and friends.
Before you read this article I would like you to answer a few questions to yourself and one question (anonymously) in a poll.
1. Of the council members discussed recently in blogs would you say any could on reasonable and sober reflection be said to be associated with any of the following: bullying, intimidation, disgracing their office, caused or allowed to cause gender based discrimination?
2. Have any of the councillors written about of late excelled, gone beyond the call of duty in an issue, impressed, clearly worked hard to be fair and even; or in some other way been excellent.
I would like you to hold your answers in mind as we look at the nature of parts of the constitution of Thanet District Council (2007). Some of the things listed above are expressly forbidden by the constitution others are not addressed. When we are done I hope that you will have formed an opinion of your own as regarding the constitution, the councillors and what, if anything needs to be changed.
Before I start however I feel that the "leader" of the council requires greater examination than any other and so I would like to nag those that have yet to vote to vote in this poll. Thanks.
Now read on to find out what the constitution of Thanet District Council has to say...
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