In case you were wondering what has happened at Rotherham Council after the Casey report named and shamed it as ‘not fit for purpose’ consider the following:
The former Deputy Leader Emma Hoddinot resigned from the Cabinet with Leader Paul Lakin and other members. Rotherham needed a new Leader and Deputy Leader so the town can move on and begin a new start. Rotherham now has a new Leader and Deputy Leader……..But, and this is where it gets silly, the new Leader-Chris Read, member for Wickersley-is Emma Hoddinot’s boyfriend/partner and both of them are full time Unison reps (paid out of the public purse),both of them are employed by North Yorks County Council. In addition they are also paid from the public purse for their second jobs as RMBC councillors. Can you smell anything yet?
The new Deputy Leader is Gordon Watson-member for Wales, an ex-teacher at Maltby Academy and a member of the NUT. It is alleged He took part in the noisy demonstration outside the UKIP office in Rotherham when Farage visited.*Edit* Watson’s vision of democracy is rooted in his left wing Socialist beliefs: There Will Be No Opposition To Labour Control. *In today’s Advertiser (20/02/2015) Gordon Watson denies being at the demonstration*
Watson openly admits in this interview : http://www.itnsource.com/en/shotlist//ITN/2015/02/04/T04021545/ he had not read the report by Louise Casey but was-and is-in denial about her conclusions. Let’s think about this; RMBC Labour borough councillors-including Beck,Burton and Dalton-elected a Deputy Leader who did not read the Casey report but immediately denied it’s validity when interviewed for a national television news report and the new Leader of RMBC is shacked up with the former Deputy Leader who was criticised as part of the problem, not the solution.
How must the victims of abuse feel knowing the same old faces who ‘knew nothing’-and are in denial-have ignored the Casey recommendations and gone through the revolving door just to swap places at the trough? Is it any wonder five Commissioners are being sent to run Rottenham? How much lower can these shabby Labour councillors-who lack morality and humility-sink and continue to deny they are ‘not fit for purpose?’
Meanwhile Miliband offered a token apology. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/ed-miliband-admits-rotherham-child-abuse-victims-were-terribly-let-down-by-labour-representatives-1-7055963 ‘Terribly let down’? Wow! What will he do next, visit them and slap their wrists? Miliband wants to be PM, on this evidence he hasn’t got the bottle.