In the K& C Chronicle Cllr Judith Blakeman claims to speak for the Labour Group in saying, " Cllr Cockell has some significant achievements to his credit and also some better forgotten. He has always been a fair and generous opponent-and contrary to some perceptions, has approached difficult challenges with humour and dignity. Cllr Cockell has also raised the profile of the Borough through his roles as Chairman of London Councils and latterly as Chairman of the Local Government Association. The Labour Group of Councillors wish him well in his new ventures.
Well, the Dame disagrees with her
soapy, wishy washy assessment.
Cockell has been a disaster for this
Cllr Blakeman should have made
clear the following...
- That Cockell's greed in forcing the Council to pay him nearly £1,400 a week, for what he claimed to be a full time job, was an affront to democracy. She should have made clear his double and triple jobbing at London Councils, the Audit Commission and the LGA was quite unacceptable
- That his personal conspicuous consumption, at the expense of downtrodden taxpayers, left a nasty taste in the mouth. She should too, have highlighted areas of gross waste....such as Exhibition Rd, Opera Holland Park, Chelsea Care and that monument to excess, Holland Park School.
But then Cllr Blakeman likes to pass helpful information to the Majority Group so don't expect anything too critical.
Cllr Blakeman lacks teeth!