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March 1st, 2014 |

“unpleasantness, hypocrisy, threats and abuse”

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The Echo has an interview with Independent Tory Councillor Toby Mountain here.

….Mr Mountain said: “It is important to remember that at every level, we are the servants and not masters of those who elect us, transparency is paramount.

“Since I pushed the suggestion that there should be a higher level of democratic accountability and more transparent discussion and debate within the decision-making process of the ruling administration, I have been on the receiving end of unpleasantness, hypocrisy, threats and abuse.

“This is not what I signed up for.”

Mr Mountain explained in Tuesday’s meeting how an idea to increase parking charges throughout the week, along with the idea of Saturday charges, was put forward at a council awayday in January.

Members agreed to further discussion on the suggestions, but no debate was held until the full council meeting on January 28….

 

3 Responses to ““unpleasantness, hypocrisy, threats and abuse””

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    Jim Cripps:

    Regardless of the issue in question , I applaud this man for attempting to represent the will of the people he represents – at no little cost to himself ( no doubt ).
    If politics in General could get back to an integrity based approach we would all be more satisfied ( or at least less disillusioned ) self serving Councils and Parliament.
    Well done Sir.

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    Jim Cripps:

    My hope for a ‘Rayleigh Spring’ is gathering momentum – a 2nd Councillor has resigned the Whip on principle. And almost nightly now there are letters in the Echo ,from people (inc a Cllr) recognizing the lack of Democracy in the RDC.
    WAKE UP RAYLEIGH.

  3. 3
    The Mighty Oz:

    Folks

    Have you seen this?

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/rayleigh-action-group-s-10-000-objectors-want-enquiry?

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