NEWS FROM COUNTY HALL. 11th October 2010.

 My Tory group met at 1300 to discuss yet another potential complaint I had received but my problems were swept away by breaking news brought to us by our Leader that the Council Leader, Cllr Arnold Woolley would be standing down.  His request to stay as Finance Executive member had apparently been rejected as well. Much rejoicing amongst some of my Group over the news Arnold was to step down and there was excited talk of buying champagne.  Before I left County Hall, I knew that a new political Group had been registered with officers and thus the New Independents Group was born as a new political entity on the Flintshire scene.  Fast forward to 9.30pm the same day.  Journalist rang to say he had heard that Cllr Woolley was to be sacked or face a vote of no confidence.  I told him what little I knew and agreed that my Group would welcome the “New Independents”.  Twelve hours the story had changed again (A week is a long time in politics is the old adage but when it comes to Flintshire County Council, we really do it grand style).  By 12th October the story was that Cllr Woolley had consulted his family and would be staying as Leader.  All attempts all morning to speak to Group leaders failed and we back benchers were left in the dark. Why was my Group  told he was to stand down?  Was our Group Leader misled?  Other members who learnt of the change of story muttered, “What a plonker”!  I have very little respect for Arnold Woolley and wrote to him recently requesting the original of the journal the Ombudsman had relied upon to win his case against me for breaking codes of conduct.  I have always maintained, even on oath that parts of the Journal are wrong and untrue.  If the document was forensically examined it would clear up my suspicions once and for all. To date, my request for the journal has been ignored.  That the original had been refused to my lawyers was truly worrying and unfair to me.  14th October.  County Hall is being described as the “battle of Agincourt” with Executive Members running around in ever decreasing circles, dissembling and sending out curious rumours. It’s now rumoured that queues of officers & members are lining up to tell Arnold to consider his position and there is a possibility the Council’s Standing Orders may be challenged in order to speed up the vote of no confidence. I will be one of the first to register my vote. No prizes for guessing which way.  Time to go Arnold.  You then may retain something of your allegedly tarnished reputation.

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