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Me Too Part 3 – First Published April 2011
“All lies and jest” sang Simon and Garfunkel, in their classic sixties hit “The Sound of Silence”.
It is the sound of silence that echoes now through the corridors of power in Northallerton and Scarborough. Silence – the classic symptom of the institutional cover-up.
The ME TOO! voucher scheme has certainly brought out the best and the worst in people – the BEST being the people of good conscience who have come forward with the truth, often despite the shame of having themselves benefited from the system that they knew was too much of a good thing; the WORST being the greed and unscrupulousness that has shamelessly exploited a well-meaning but misconceived source of funding for the least privileged children in our community.
Greed. There is an old Scottish saying – “MORE WANTS MORE”. The meaning is clear – the greedy are never satisfied.
Real-Whitby has been gathering the low-down on this saga of debts and threats, and the plot gets ever thicker, ever dirtier.
Detectives, when investigating a crime, use three tests in relation to suspects: MOTIVE, MEANS and OPPORTUNITY.
In the case of the Me Too! voucher scam, it is easy enough to identify them.
Mounting debts: Unpaid tradesmen. Unpaid suppliers. Unpaid taxes.
A captive clientele, too intent on getting something for nothing to notice (or care?) that Me Too! approved providers were cynically exploiting the uncapped value of the vouchers to run up monstrously large invoices, expecting to be paid out without a quibble.
The third and most corrupt element is provided by the opportunity to call on nepotistic back-up – to ‘grease the wheels’ of payment.
The Free Dictionary (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/nepotism) defines ‘nepotism’ like this:
Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
Real-Whitby has been shown conclusive evidence, and more is rolling in by the day.
Meanwhile, the guilty are compounding their problems daily, by spewing forth lies and accusations. Still, a man believes what he wants to believe and disregards the threats.
Roll on Part Four.