Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

Fouls Within

Nothing about the 19th January Audit meeting could be described as a caper. On the contrary, I found it a bruising and quite stressful affair. Reading a thick wodge of committee papers had eaten into much of Sunday afternoon and I noted cynically that what I felt was the most important item had been “strategically buried” at the back of the agenda. “Surely sheer coincidence!”). My cynicism seemed well placed when I read that this final report was strongly recommending members to dispense with the services of our “external” legal auditors, who fulfilled the crucial internal audit function; and instead; go back to using Flintshire’s staff. Having served in the era of Andy Sutton, the internal auditor who fell foul of his masters when he allegedly delved too deeply into financial affairs and thus the files needed to do his job, were withheld. He commenced legal action but left Flintshire’s employment with no clear victory for either side. Having met him, at his request whilst the legal battle still raged, it seemed he was already a broken man, shocked by treatment from officers and it was alleged that his health was in shreds. The Chief Financial Officer, Sutton’s boss: a …..


Taking as long as I had to find a solution to the disability access problem, the first INAUGURAL MEETING of the Official Coalition finally got under way in County Hall on 11th December. Cllr George Hardcastle as the Alliance leader took the chair whilst we resolved that Executive members were already too busy to chair this group and that whoever was nominated, the chairmanship would be rotated yearly. A paper ballot secured the role of chairman to Cllr Robin Guest and Veronica Gay was the vice chair. Out of the blue, Cllr Patrick Heesom asked if I would be the Coalition Secretary and although I muttered I never went hunting for work, the decision was forced by a show of hands. I was projected onto the top table armed with a pen and a few scrappy bits of paper on which to take the note. I wonder if my obsession for writing throughout meetings had been noted by Patrick. I confess that it was a skill I learnt years ago when judging if young officers had what it took to make them special and fast track officers. Of course, the trick is not just writing fast but to decipher what’s …..