The rumour mill – taking the form of Editor John Elworthy on Twitter – suggests that I need to be very, very scared. Shadows are gathering on my doorstep. The skies are turning dark. Lightning flashes across the sky.
It appears that local UKIP folk might be …. da, da, duuuuuhhh … reporting me to the Standards Committee. Again. I’m terrified! :)
You might remember that they did this back around Christmas Time. A long rambling complaint, incoherent and illogical, which was turfed out by officers because there wasn’t anything in it that was actually a breach of the Code Of Conduct at all. Which they’d have known if they’d read the Code Of Conduct, I think. I never did get an apology for that one. Weird, huh?
I haven’t seen or heard about a complaint yet, so I don’t know for sure that it’s true. But John Elworthy suggests that the complaint is based around two blog posts. “Bad News For Roman Bank” which is here, and “Prevented From Filming” which is here.
Much the same as I said last time – I work very hard when I write blog posts to say the things I want to say carefully. I’m not a novice at this, I’ve been doing it for many years. I know what the rules are and I’m always careful not to break them. Also, I don’t much like direct rudeness and I always avoid it. Nevertheless, I read back through them just to check and I think I can safely say there is nothing at all in either of those blog posts which breaks the Code Of Conduct in any way. Or if there is, I can’t see it.
If Alan Lay, or Paul Clapp, or any other local ‘Kipper (are there any others left now?) want to make a complaint they should go ahead and knock themselves out (colloquialism.) I predict they’ll just get told that, once again, they haven’t got a leg to stand on.
The purpose of the Code Of Conduct and the Standards Board is not to prevent local people expressing themselves. It’s not to remove our right to free speech. And that’s why it doesn’t do either of those things. It doesn’t matter how many times UKIP try and prevent me talking about them, writing about them, pointing out their failings – you won’t be able to use the Standard’s Board to silence me. That’s not what it’s for.