Sunday, 15 March 2009


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.

Dear Simon,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr. Mark Nottingham


  1. Clever post Mark, but its a bit like asking you if Mr Nicholson is smiling or passing wind!!

  2. Thank you Ken, yesterday I wrote

    "I think Richard Nicholson, Leader of the Labour Group is a hard working councillor who maintains the highest standards of conduct with officers and councillors".

    Can you say the same of your Leader? Please take this as an invitation to support your Leader and Deputy Leader or comment otherwise.

    Do you think Simon will comment?

  3. I know you have commented elsewhere that anonymous contributors are the "bane" of a blogger's life. There are many good reasons why people post anonymously; moral cowardice is not always one of them. As long as they do not use anonymity to say something illegal or insulting, there should be no problem with it.

    I do not think anyone would expect Councillors Moores or Gregory - the blogging Tories - to cover the Ezekiel/Latchford scandal. It is dirt in their own backyard. What annoys ME is that they will still try to argue - Moores especially - that they operate even-handed "news blogs", and are not politically biased. This is obviously nonsense, but they have perpetuated the line for ever and a day.

    I look forward to the day when politicians - candidly of all parties - stop treating the electorate as fools. I also look forward to the day when the insulting intellectual snobbery ceases to be the dominant theme of Moores's blog.

  4. And I look forward to the day that the Tory's put their case on all the issues they have in the Tescos bag. Lord knows why they don't go for it now. We have seen enough threats on the various blogs in past months. Allegations about Clark, Johnson, Nicholson, Harrison, Hart, Poole, Watkins, Green, etc.. Why don't they just get on with it? Moral cowardice?

  5. Anon 22.16 If you want to make accusations against a cllr, refer them to the Standards Committee, or provide your name with your post.

  6. Anon 22.16 (not posted) the cllr concerned would welcome you publicly making the allegations you continue to privately smear them with.