In many ways this could have gone to any Conservative councillor. However, Simon does normally front up, credit to him for that. Since becoming a councillor many in the blogosphere have commented that Simon does not answer questions as directly he once did. Here is a chance for him to repair his reputation. He does talk about standards so his silence on this matter has been either eloquent or political. I understand he has recently been appointed to a position by Cllr. Ezekiel. I trust this will not influence his judgment.
It is no good condeming anti-social behaviour in one place, if one turns a blind eye in another place. I believe Cllr. Clark should have chosen a better form of words in relation to his Standards Board case. I note though that a series of allegations by Cllr. Ezekiel against Cllr. Clark were found to be false and note the police also had their time wasted (slow download - item at bottom) by false accusations from Cllr. Ezekiel.
I have read that you believe there should be better standards locally in Thanet. You have suggested that councillors should wear suits and ties recently to improve standards, although I recall you in the past not following this dress code yourself.
Surprisingly though, I cannot find any statement on your blog condemning Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel’s previous misconduct? Why is this? As someone who appoints himself as a moral arbiter why do you stay silent on drunken abusive behaviour?
I am committed to eliminating anti-social behaviour. Are you? Why do you turn a blind eye to it?
Further, you will have seen this report (very slow download). As you can see from the independent evidence Cllr. Ezekiel has brought shame on Thanet Council from his anti-social conduct, why do you stay silent on this? Cllr. Latchford had to repeatedly ask Cllr. Ezekiel to leave because of his bad behaviour. Why do you not condemn him for his lack of respect? Is it because he was wearing a tie at the time so that makes it OK?
Will you be the first Conservative councillor with the moral integrity to condemn Cllr. Ezekiel’s conduct publicly?
If not I would suggest you restrain yourself from commenting about standards of conduct in political life.
I will be happy to publish your response.
Cllr. Mark Nottingham