He’s at it again!
Further to my articles “BAR SIMPSON” and “BAD APPLES” (and not forgetting CodHead’s pictorial lampoon), addressing breaches of the EPC, SBC and NYCC Councillors’ Codes of Conduct, respectively; a member of the public has kindly provided me with further evidence of what appears to be a pattern of behaviour on the part of Councillor Brian Simpson.
The extract from a ‘screenshot’ of a FaceBook page, shown here, evidences another totally inappropriate and insulting remark made by Councillor Brian Simpson in reference to a caricature of one of his fellow Eastfield Parish Councillors, whom he refers to as “Dell troll”.
The ‘Dell’ part is a reference to an area of land in the Parish of Eastfield.
The Free Dictionary defines ‘troll’ thus:
- Noun: A mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.
No doubt the Standards Committees of all three Councils will engage in an extraordinary feat of semantic contortion, such that “typically having a very ugly appearance” is deemed to be in no way indicative of Councillor Brian Simpson failing to show appropriate respect for his fellow Councillor (whose likeness, though exaggerated in the way in which cartoon figures tend to be, is nevertheless instantly recognisable) – and, indeed, (and of course) in no way risking bringing his Councils into disrepute.
Councillor Brian Simpson’s fellow Councillors (on all three Councils) number around one-hundred-and-thirty. One might reasonably expect one of them, at least, to take issue with such conduct. I think we all know that it is unlikely to be Councillor Steve Bairstow – who has stated that he is “not going to go about falling out with fellow Councillors unless it becomes a problem to” himself. Moral heroism of the highest order, if you will.
But such is the level of ethical courage that we now know is standard – perhaps that is why they call it the Standards Committee?
Why is it okay for CodHead to take the mickey – and not Councillor Brian Simson?
The clue is in the word ‘Councillor’.
Brian Simpson has signed a binding legal document requiring him to uphold the Councillors’ Code of Conduct – and CodHead, of course, has not.
Question: Now that Councillor Brian Simpson has breached the Code, must we the public bear the financial burden of another expensive Council cover-up – or will Councillor Brian Simpson finally evince the common decency to RESIGN?
In my view, he most certainly should. And there are other matters to raise. You can probably guess what. Me Too!