“MARKING THEIR OWN HOMEWORK” – ALLIANCE’S ‘OPEN AND TRANSPARENT’ CLAIM IN TATTERS SAY CONSERVATIVES

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Councillor Joe Robertson

Leader of the Conservatives on the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Joe Robertson, has branded the Alliance Group’s claim to be ‘open and transparent’ an empty and hollow slogan.

The comments follow January’s Full Council Meeting where a new Chair of Corporate Scrutiny Committee was chosen after Councillor Steve Hastings’ resignation as Conservative Group Leader due to poor health.

The Conservative Group nominated their new leader Cllr Robertson, who represents Bembridge, for the committee role ahead of the meeting. They expected their nomination to go through unopposed but in a move that took them by surprise, the Alliance Group nominated Labour’s Councillor Richard Quigley (Cowes North) on the night and voted him through.

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Speaking after the meeting Councillor Robertson said:

“Last year the Alliance Group took power and made a big noise about handing the Chair of Corporate Scrutiny to the main opposition group as part of a new, open politics. It is recorded in the meeting minutes of Full Council in May 2021. What we saw on Wednesday night was a secret plot to install their own choice to chair the main committee that scrutinises their own work. They have gone back on their word.

“Their claim to be “open and transparent” is in tatters. If it meant anything at all they would have given notice of their nomination before the meeting like we did, and they would have provided proper time for consideration. In the end, the decision was made in under a minute with no debate and no speeches. That is no way to choose the Chair of the most powerful scrutiny committee on the Council, contrary to a minuted agreement”.

Deputy Conservative Group Leader Paul Brading (Lake South) has added:

“Not a single Councillor stood as an Alliance candidate at the last election. Now there is a block of 17 of them registered as a political group with the Council, working to a party whip behind closed doors. Voters who elected them on the basis they were “independent” will surely feel duped.”

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The fall-out from January’s Full Council meeting comes on the back of a growing disagreement about who should sit on Audit Committee. The Council’s Constitution says that members of Cabinet and scrutiny committees ‘should ideally not sit on Audit Committee’.

Cllr Robertson said:

“All of the Alliance Councillors who sit on Audit are either in the Cabinet or sit on a scrutiny committee. The Chair of Audit also sits on a scrutiny committee. Two weeks ago I wrote to Cllrs Stephens and Bacon asking them to stand down from Audit. So far both have declined. We now know that instead they were working in secret to install their own nomination as Chair of Corporate Scrutiny.

“The Alliance clearly like marking their own homework. Islanders will rightly think they are trying to hide something. Their new politics is starting to smell rather stale.”

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RedDave
RedDave
3 months ago

Once again ‘Jobs for the Boys (&Girls)’ no wonder the public have lost all confidence in this bunch of crooked councillors, dealing with them is like doing business with the Sopranos, time they stood down and where elected properly like we expect them to be.

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
3 months ago

Did we expect anything different. No. So the rot continues within the Isle of Wight Council, Bacon and Co. should just go, the only thing transparent with this council are the windows on the brown envelopes, so they can at least know who to send them to, but then again they might even manage to mess that up, oh on second thoughts maybe not as it has been going on for years, so it must be second nature.

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
3 months ago

Clearly Cllr Robertson does not recognise irony.
Nor does he recognise that Cllr Quigley is NOT a member of the Alliance Group.
Perhaps Robertson’s real beef is that nobody thinks the Tories are the “main opposition”. Now why might that be?

Stephen
Stephen
3 months ago

You are all the same say one thing and then do exactly what you want.
Its like watching a load of school kids playing marbles in the playground.

Eat the Rich
Eat the Rich
3 months ago

Next thing Council Tax will go up and so will their wages and well above inflation while the rest of us struggle to get by.

Snake Bite
Snake Bite
3 months ago

“Marking their own homework” – More like setting fire to the text books and give the teacher the V’s
Brown envelopes being distributed around the lodge for sure.

Nothing but the truth
Nothing but the truth
3 months ago

Very very hard to have sympathy.

But all he needs to do is bide his time because this Alliance mob is starting to grate on people already.

Stillhere
Stillhere
3 months ago

I have one simple remedy in life, to not believe or trust any politians anywhere, whatever flag they claim to be under. Untrustworthy to the last person.

rodney burt
rodney burt
3 months ago

I ask a question IS IT ALL ROTTEN TO THE CORE i hope not

oldbutalive
oldbutalive
3 months ago

It appears that no matter who is in power, nothing ever changes and we the public end up having to put up with what ever they want to happen and it very rarely benefits the public.

 

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