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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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A perfect example of why the Standards Board has to go, and go quickly

Posted by davidburbage on October 30, 2010

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/8098778/Planning-dispute-led-to-15-month-investigation-into-veteran-parish-councillor.html

Here, the Parish Councillor (who has no decision making power) is subjected to a 15 month investigation and production of a 146 page report.

What was his crime that took the Authorities over a year to resolve? Failing to declare a personal (note: not prejudicial!) interest in a planning application – which the Parish were merely commenting on.

Absolutely incredible. What nonsense this is.

I’m currently reading Andrew Rawnsley’s book on The End of the Party and this is the same lot where the Chancellor wouldn’t tell the Prime Minister what was in the Budget ! Compare and contrast the two.

On the one hand, the nation’s taxes and finances are being decided (and then some) without the Prime Minister even getting a look in. Does that enhance confidence in politicians? 

On the other, a Parish councillor is being hounded for over a year because of a bureacratic Code of Conduct that was invented in Whitehall – but not applicable to MPs (and we saw how well they behaved)!

It’s hideous. The ironic part – which we’ve experienced locally – is that the innocent Parish Councillors (who have done nothing wrong and may have been on holiday at the time) are subjected to another round of “training” because of the supposed failings of one of their colleagues.

Bonkers.

My FOI request asking for the time spent, and the cost of the investigation, has gone in to Wiltshire Council already. [update: Wiltshire say that they have “no information held” of this. What a surprise.]

Here’s an interesting tactic for those in dying quangoes – this is from the Standards Board Agenda for October –

Claim that closure is too expensive !!!

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