It had been clear to me that the potted history of Castle Toward given to the Standards Commissioner told far from the full story. How could a potted history do so you might ask but if you truncate something, it’s all the more important to ensure its accuracy.
Knowing I would call Dr Christopher Mason as a witness if it came to a hearing, I let him see the potted history I referred to. This had to be on a confidential basis because, at that time, none of the case papers could be made public. He, of course, agreed to this but he then replied with his version of events, in the form of a witness statement, and asked that this was provided to the Standards Commissioner. I did this on, I think, 19 April this year.
As far as I can see no heed was paid to his because the potted history the commissioner had received was never altered. Nor was Dr Mason contacted. The reason this is important is because the commissioner and his staff appear to have taken everything they were told by the complainants at face value. No testing appears to have been carried out nor any triangulation to check the veracity of what had been said. Dr Mason’s testimony (that is what it was remember) cast doubt over the story the commissioner had been told and, therefore, on the reliability of those who told it. Who told it is unknown. You can make up your own mind.
Matters then went downhill because Dr Mason then recognised that the same alleged misleading narrative about Castle Toward had been given by the council to the commissioner in 2013 when Dr Mason had made a complaint against Cllr Walsh. As a result, at a later date, Dr Mason made a complaint against the commissioner for accepting what he considered to be a misleading account on 2 separate occasions. This has never been resolved because the Standards Commissioner doesn’t have a complaints procedure! Yes folks, this is indeed the case.
There is a lot of reading in the files below but for a summary, open the first document and read paragraphs 1 to 20. That sums matters up from Dr Mason’s angle. He is more than happy that his witness statement is made public. After all, it does seem to have been ignored in its entirety.