Sandy Ezekiel's guilt should not be a supprise
Given the number of complaints made against councillors, mostly by each other it should be no surprise that the man on the street thinks every last council member is bent. Even I outright called them all bent when I called the results of the last election back in 2011. So when Sandy Ezekiel was found guilty and sentenced to do some bird that same "man on the street" was not particularly surprised.
This conviction is a wake up call for us all - a reminder that in the public office of the council a candidate should be of good moral character, personable and above reproach. They should not be given to back biting, "misspeaking" and pointless factions but should be passionate for the one task of serving the public interest. The number of members that come close in our council is shockingly small so perhaps now is the time for parties to allow the people to select the candidates and not the "leader" with the political agenda.
It is time to pay attention to the Constitution for Governance of Thanet District Council and to treat it as gospel because Thanet council was elected by a minority and it can, easily be argued that Thanet District Council has never been democratically elected. There is not a mandate for any council member to do as they wish and simply flout the rules when they are inconvenient. It's that or elect a mayor to lead the council. Your call councillors.