Even though the most wretched councillor I’ve ever come across is no longer a councillor, he left a wee parting gift.
He complained about me to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards before he left with 2 elements to his complaint:
The first was about what happened at the February area committee meeting when a motion put up by Bruce Marshall and seconded by myself was deemed incompetent on the day. Motions are submitted to Governance & Law staff and it’s generally understood that if you hear nothing from them, and the motion appears in the papers, it’s been deemed competent. We heard nothing and it did appear on the papers but on the day of the meeting the governance officer said to the chair, the weak and incompetent Alex MacNaughton, that it was incompetent. Alex, being a feeble fellow and a Walsh devotee, agreed and it was dropped. There were angry words spoken but no wonder. In our view it was clear that Walsh had got at the chair and/or the governance officer. Walsh had, yet again, wielded the undemocratic clout he has had for years, and got away with it.
The second was that I had not declared the funds raised by my crowdfunder, would you believe. I had not done so because I saw no need to. The crowdfunder only partially reimbursed me for the costs incurred in defending myself against the complaint by the 4 officers who cannot abide scrutiny, Messrs Loudon, Sneddon, Milne and Hendry. A crowdfunder was also, by its nature, very public and the councillors and officers knew about it. Hendry knew about it and, as the supposed impartial monitoring officer, you would assume he should say to me that perhaps this might need formal declaration. But no, what he did was say nothing then he fed Walsh with the information that there had been no declaration. One pal feeding the other pal I suggest.
Anyway, the commissioner, Bill Thomson, had the good sense to say he wasn’t acting on Walsh’s complaint. I have written to Bill about this but that I am keeping that to myself. Bill’s letter to me is at the link below.
It never ends.