Mr Perrin’s Blog: Defending the indefensible

Mr Perrin’s blog “A Word in Your Ear”

Defending the Indefensible

I view the contribution made by Cllr Kiely to the budget debate somewhat differently from the reportage of “Your Thurrock” and the impression given, in the video recording, of a person genuinely concerned about the people of Thurrock especially the people of South Ockendon.

I am of the opinion that “passionate” is not the word which best describes his performance; rather the word “grandstanding” would be more appropriate. The applause and shouts of approval accorded him by the Labour Group engendered a choleric reaction in me and was an insult to conscientious hardworking councillors who daily give their time to the responsibilities of public office.

Sometime ago the Leader of the Council and Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr John Kent, when questioned about the conduct of Kiely stated “I cannot defend the indefensible” but for years has been doing just that. For the past two years Cllr Kent has talked about an enquiry and its findings which would be made public.

I ask him WHEN and to what end? On Wednesday 26 Feb, 2014 at the meeting of Full Council he scornfully told the Conservatives to stop attacking the attendance record of Kiely and take account of the attendance record of one of their own members, namely Cllr Herd, who had attended only once during the current council year compared to Kiely’s 2 as if that was somehow a mitigation. Two wrongs do not make a right. Cllr Kent and his Labour colleagues appear to delight in giving the people of South Ockendon a reverse two fingers victory salute. To add a further insult, despite Labour support, Kiely voted against the Labour motion to set the budget.

I must confess that I mostly agree with the sentiments expressed in his outburst, it is his motives I have an issue with.  Cllr Kiely has made it abundantly clear over the past three years he does not do anything without calculating how it will benefit his ambitions. He rants about the policies of the Government and calls them a disgrace. On the subject of disgrace he is the last person to take lessons from but then perhaps he is an experienced exponent. He would have us believe he is a champion of the oppressed which has the same credibility as the claim by Eric Pickles to be “super common”.

I agree with Cllr Lynn Carr “give us our money back” and do all of us a favour and go and pursue your ambitions elsewhere.

P.S. Is he {Kiely} making a bid to become the Leader of the Labour Group? That really would be a cause for concern.

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