July 30th, 2012

Morritt Pocketed Election Deposit Dosh
Missing Cash Scandal Spreads Beyond Wandsworth

Not content with cashing £1500 meant for comms equipment and nearly three grand supposedly for a colleague’s leaving present, it seems even a general election provided an opportunity for Tory councillor Robert Morritt to play his missing money game to a new level. On 7 April 2010, Morritt was issued with a cheque for the sum of £2,000 to pay for “candidate deposits” in the approaching general election. Deposits are £500 per constituency and there are only three constituencies in Wandsworth. So what was the other £500 for? No explanation, it would appear, so we can only assume “expenses” again.

All those Tory candidates in True Blue Wandsworth got their deposits back at the election. Morritt was refunded £1,500 by Wandsworth Council shortly afterwards. No doubt he quickly repaid the amount to Wandsworth Conservatives, right? Nope, he kept it for himself. What’s more, if you’re a Tory reading this in Wimbledon, he pulled the same trick on you. £500 of your money for Stephen Hammond’s deposit never came back. “Expenses” are very expensive these days.

By Guido’s reckoning that’s nearly £8,000 gone on unexplained “expenses” for agent – now councillor – Morritt. It’s no wonder he’s on Wandsworth Council’s audit committee. He knows every trick in the book.

When Guido put these allegations to Morritt last week he claimed “In the course of my duties I naturally incurred a number of expenses that have all been satisfactory accounted for.” Yet as you can see his explanations are more than a little shakey. We haven’t even got on to the cheques written out with an explanation…

Guido spoke to one senior Wandsworth Conservative earlier who lamented: “I was present at a meeting shortly after the 2010 elections where it became obvious that we were basically bankrupt. No one could understand why. Now it seems we are finally getting an explanation.” When Guido approached another senior official at Wandsworth Tories, who is believed to have unearthed all of the wrongdoing, he refused to comment. However, when pressed with the details Guido has revealed today, he declined to deny they were accurate…

To be continued…

See also: Justine Greening’s Agent in Addison Lee Fraud MessWandsworth Tory Auditor in Voodoo Accounting Mystery More Questions Over Morritt’s Missing Money


113 Comments

  1. 1
    Not Kebab Time says:

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    • 12
      Vicious Jenny says:

      This is serious stuff, Guido. Have you phoned anyone with a larger readership? This thread must be outed.

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      • 13
        Ah! Monika says:

        No need Pierce of the Mail will be onto it by now.
        Next weeks exclusive

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        • 34
          8illy Boredom is the grossest bumpile ever ! says:

          i like piercing the mail dont I giduo

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          • Norfolk's Finest says:

            Why aren’t the Police involved yet?

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          • Du och jag says:

            Min Google översättare har skadats, tror jag honung x

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          • Worried of Peckham says:

            The Police are on their hols, one presumes. Shall I try phoning Marbella?

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          • bald old git says:

            Any investigation should also look at the role of the person who signed off the accounts from which these payments were drawn.

            ‘Satisfactorily accounted for’ doesn’t cut it: perhaps the Audit Commission might look into Wandsworth’s handling of this …

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          • Sperm Burp says:

            £1500…….. OOOh Naughty
            What about the real slags……..
            Brown, Diamond, Blair, house flipping Darling, HOLs, MPS, pilgims, EU budget never signed off, Balls, Millimong, Merv King, colluding banks, BP, leccy companies, British fucking gas, Indian BT woman who always rings, David Lawes, the hunhe, Glegg, Batman, Jap mens gymnasts, rainy summers, low pixel internet porn, school lollypop lady who you know is not wearing anything under her rubber coat, bloody ebay shit I keep buying.

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    • 36
      Merchant Banker says:

      This guy sounds like a natural!

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  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    He is not the only, i reckon if you checked every council you will find abuse of public funds

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    • 8
      Quick Draw McGraw says:

      You slowing down partner?

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    • 44
      I'm awake says:

      Sounds to me like abuse of Tory funds not public funds.

      Just my 800000pence worth….

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    • 76
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Many down at Bournemouth Borough Council – are *hitting their pants considering what has gone on over their ‘outsourcing’ scandal with Mouchel – some of it covered by the Eye. The rest of it is being slowly persued by a local taxpayer – who pushed the Nuke button with …. The Audit Commissioners.

      Dirty games have been going on for the last 9 months. Accusations of fraud have been made to the Audit Commissioner – and he has declined to comment or deny the validity of the accusations. If the accusations were incorrect surely the Commmissioner would have already said so…

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  3. 3
    Keir Starmer says:

    Sounds like a job for the CPS.

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    • 73
      Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

      Rubbish. Councillor Morritt is an amateur compared to what is going on in Portsmouth. Might I recommend that if he wants to get his hands on some money and political donations, he arranges planning permissions for dodgy developers to launder their ill gotten drug dealing gains through property development. He then needs to increase the intake of asylum seekers into Wandsworth to create a demand for these properties and hey ho everyone gets rich, massive political donations, and, for the privileged few, villas in Spain. Boaz.

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      • 78
        Blowing Whistles says:

        The knives are out for Starmer in the D Mail today (Peter Mckay column pg 19)

        It appears Starmer “prevented his staff from dropping the case against Paul Chambers …”

        He’s the guy who had his conviction quashed last week re to blow up Robin Hood Airport.

        Don’t forget – Starmer was appointed by Bliar & Co. And when is Starmer going to do something rather than just ‘look at’ the recent collapse of a £30m legalfeast trial against 8 ex south Wales police officers over the the Lynette White murder – fit up.

        Is it Just ice?

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      • 88
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Lets be havin you sonny jim

        The knives are out for Starmer in the D Mail today (Peter Mckay column pg 19)

        It appears Starmer “prevented his staff from dropping the case against Paul Chambers …”

        He’s the guy who had his conviction quashed last week re to blow up Robin Hood Airport.

        Don’t forget – Starmer was appointed by Bliar & Co. And when is Starmer going to do something rather than just ‘look at’ the recent collapse of a £30m legalfeast trial against 8 ex south Wales police officers over the the Lynette White murder – fit up.

        Is it Just ice?

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      • 89
        Former Colleague says:

        Spot on Handy. Not sure they are all drug dealers though – there just might be the odd Premier League Football Manager involved too. Here in Portsmouth we are almost as multi-cultural as the Olympic Opening Ceremony – Thanks to all your efforts at the Ferry Port. Hope you are recovering well from the Heart op. down there in Spain.

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        • 92
          Jasmine Flower says:

          It is already a bit crowded in Wandsworth, but maybe space for a few thousand poky flats on the common.

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  4. 4
    jgm2 says:

    Guido spoke to one senior Wandsworth Conservative earlier who lamented: “I was present at a meeting shortly after the 2010 elections where it became obvious that we were basically ban*kr*upt.

    This is news?

    Oh, you mean Wandsworth T*ries were ban*kr*upt. Not just the entire country then?

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  5. 5
    T(rusty) Sword of Truth says:

    I will cut out this cancer of bent and twisted politicians

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  6. 6
    Liam Byrne says:

    There is no money left

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  7. 7
    keredybretsa says:

    Morrittgate non-stop read all abahtit! Fink this geez needs to ‘ave his collar felt a bit
    sharppish!!!

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  8. 9
    Robert Morritt says:

    Yeah, expenses– sure, that’s it, expenses! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    Well, anyway, that’s my story, and I’m going to stick to it, see?

    And really, what’s a few thousand quid between friends anyhow, I ask you?

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  9. 10
    Father Ted says:

    It was just resting in my account

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  10. 11
    CCHQ says:

    Like anyone here gives a shit

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  11. 15
    brown out and pay me damages says:

    It looks like Morrit’s days of being a dodgy councillor are numbered.

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    • 96
      Libor Party Accounting (expenses) Corporation says:

      Good idea, A descending clock can be set up for us all to keep tabs on (so we know when to do a midnight flit)

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  12. 16
    Danny Boy says:

    Chump change, I got away with £27m

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  13. 17
    Call me Dave says:

    Looks like MP material allright

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  14. 19
    England Expects Nothing says:

    Oh dear!
    Complete surprise that much hyped british divers fail. As said previously, British stars overpaid, overcoached, overhyped, underperforming overtaken by foreign athletes, in this case the chinese, who work hard instead of talking about what they are going to do. Henman used to talk a great tennis match and murray is getting more and more like him.

    Scrap the elite sports crap, make ‘em work hard to get to olympics why should taxpayers support this bunch of losers. Other countries manage very well without massive payments.

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    • 21
      Culture of Entitlement says:

      Don’t ask me

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    • 24
      Sir William Waad says:

      You sound as though you care who can go ‘Splash!’ in the neatest way.

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    • 31
      SP4BS says:

      “Other countries”

      Go on then, which other countries. I’d cross off China etc., and france, as well as the USA which I believe have all sorts of “college scholarships”.

      Not that I think any such spending is worthwhile.

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    • 63
      Mike Hunt says:

      Don’t forget for every athlete on this island, there are 160 in China, all coached by the state for the glory of the state.

      It’s a miracle we do as ‘well’ as we do.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    No auditor should tolerate a practice whereby anybody is issued with a blank cheque that they can make out to themselves. As for cashing the cheque – I didn’t think that was still possible. It’s not just voodoo accounting, it is financial control of a standard that would be thought substandard by a whelk stall owner or the Greek Finance Ministry.

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    • 27
      Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

      Or the UK Treasury during The Reign of Terror 1997-2010

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    • 32
      G. Bruin says:

      Of course this wouldn’t have happened if I had still been chancellor. I would have introduced a tri-partite system employing eastern europeans where there were Czechs and balances. It would be Poles apart from the system which is in operation now, but with Roma for improvement …. oh god shut up Gordon (ed)

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    • 35
      Backwoodsman says:

      Look on the bright side. Simon Raven was invited to fall on his sword after some ‘creative mess bill accounting’ and went on to produce such gems as The Pallisers’ for the bbc. Perhaps Morritt will reveal similar hidden talents ?

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    • 40
      Bernie Madoff says:

      My auditors were very compliant.

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      • 46
        Blue Stratos Guy says:

        Don’t worry, Bernie. I understand where you were coming from. What you did is just a microcosm of capitalism/the global economy.

        Let’s hope there’s a jail big enough for all the Ponzi-schemers.

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        Blowing Whistles says:

        A bit compliant like the EU’s auditors eh Bernie … now which one of the big four london firms of beancounters were supposed to audit the EU accounts… but couldn’t and haven’t?

        Here’s a clue It couldn’t be “The men from Mazars” (old article MOS financial section) cos they’re soooooo corrupt you wouldn’t believe it – but you would, if you knew that they’ve working in cahoots with the BBC though.

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    • 80
      Genelar Cash My-Cheque says:

      Sounds perfectry normar to me.

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  16. 22
    Charles Dickens says:

    Plagiarism. Morritt !!! See Little Dorrit

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  17. 26
    Another Engineer says:

    No surprise here.

    My father was once a treasurer for a local ward association. TPTB decided that the current committee was a ‘road block to reform’, changed the rules, declared them all ‘non-members’ (despite them having been ward members for 30 years) and appropriated the bank account without the signatories (illegally).

    Obviously there were complaints to CCHQ about this but they didn’t want to know.

    Funnily enough, at the time there was still the odd conservative councillor but there hasn’t been one on this particular authority since. So much for the ‘new guard’, eh?

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  18. 28
    Owen jones says:

    You Tories. You’ve no idea how to skim the tills. Just stealing from the taxpayer is sooo yesterday. He’s not even hired a single LGTB friend or a diversity officer.

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  19. 43
    Snotsicle says:

    I’m sure that he will soon realise that he is suffering from an “illness”. Not something obvious like a broken leg or rabies – something far more wooly and difficult to diagnose like stress or depression.

    The cure, of course, will be for him to take time off on full pay whilst he recuperates in a health spa at the taxpayers’ expense.

    For anyone else the solution would be to get dragged off by the plod, have all of his accounts frozen and then spend a few months in G4S accommodation whilst PWC trawl through the books.

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  20. 48
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Oh dear.

    Guido, you trail blazed the story about Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock’s affair.

    Seems the The Sun’s scumhole journo, Nick Parker, who leaked “””you “”” the story has been nicked.

    Get the shedder out again Guido.

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  21. 50
    Moussa Koussa says:

    “”Not content with cashing £1500 meant for comms equipment and nearly three grand supposedly for a colleague’s leaving presen blar blar blar blar blar blar”””

    Any news on Priti Patel car hire expenses.

    Any news on Graham Brady’s MP and 1922 committee head boy. Wife being paid £45K pa to open Head 1922 prefects post, at OUR expense.

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    • 54
      Wotta Tossa says:

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      mousey hypocrite says:

      Any news on Tony Bliars expense claims forms, maybe the Office of smiler tone or the Office of the chief clown Brown will have time to find them , could be in one of Tone’s 10 houses I suppose..

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      • 64
        Tony Bliar says:

        I had them shredded. Then I had the person who shredded them shot. And then I sent the person who shot the person who did the shredding sent to Iraq, where they died alongside 100,000 other victims of Labour’s illegal genocide.

        But we’re not a Nasty Party.

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        • 69
          jgm2 says:

          John Smith. Robin Cook. D*v*id Ke*ll*y.

          Just speedbumps in the career of Tony Blair.

          CIA or Mo*ss*ad?

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          • Ed Bear's luncheon engagement says:

            I am so glad I am not the only one who noticed a pattern emerging here…

            {If you go own to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise etc)

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  22. 57
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Has Trevor Kavanagh been taken off the street yet.

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  23. 59
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Guido — Where is the nearest prison to Islington

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  24. 65
    Peter Hitchens says:

    Just when will you automaton Tory voters realise that these fucking wankers are not Conservative in any way shape or form
    We are “governed” by a minority elected cabal of unprincipled sodomites and thieves who have no real mandate to tell any of us how to behave
    And the best aleternative that we have to our war criminal worshiping PM is an albino turk who would ride a unicycle down Park Lane wearing a turban and a thong if he thought that there was either a a vote or a shag in it

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    • 100
      Ed Bear's luncheon engagement says:

      Actually, we are governed by an unelected thieving criminal cabal based in Brussels (in case you hadn’t noticed).

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    Cheque Mate says:

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    • 68
      Peter Hitchens says:

      And a Chinese Lesbo (no doubt drugged) win a swimming race and the twitter world is alight just because some other saphic pervert questions why some yellow freak can swim faster than a Dolphin
      Rip the swimming cossie off the bottom of fu k I swan fasta tan yu and I bet you would find a fine set of hairy bollocks

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  26. 74
    Whoosa Loosa says:

    I can’t stop myself, I’m afraid.

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  27. 75
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Bet he can’t wait to become an MP!
    And get his grubbies in the public purse , like the rest of his ilk !

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    • 82
      Wandsworth laydee says:

      I did hear he was trying to get onto the candidate’s list…

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      • 101
        Ed Bear's luncheon engagement says:

        Candidates’, dear. Plural…

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      • 103
        BB says:

        Well, he apparently has the qualifications to be an MP:

        – Fraud
        – Sexual deviancy (allegedly)

        I guess he will argue that his rent is very expensive. Especially when he has to house so many boys…

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  28. 83
    Disgruntled says:

    Surely this guy can’t hang on after this? Why doesn’t the party disown him now?

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    • 107

      You may find it is rather more common than one person. Such things have been suspected on the grapvine for years.

      Can’t imagine the tories tackling their own counsellors very harshly, for fear of potential election support/activity consequences.

      Still they can screw the disabled to recoup the money so no problem (panorama, dispatches and bbc news website in past 24 hours – absolutely disgraceful.

      I am truly saddened at how we are tiptoeing down a route that we once fought a war to prevent ever happening again.

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      • 108

        Mind you they may, in good old establishment fashion scapegoat him so that things look good, and to protect any others

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        • 109
          Disgruntled says:

          I used to be a very active senior activist in the Wandsworth Conservatives and I know that there was a cover up by various senior members of the party. Even though I and a few others tried to ensure that Mr Morritt was dealt with in an appropriate manner the desire to cover up and not have a by-election was stronger than justice. I’m glad that Guido now has the story and is making things very uncomfortable for them all. It is inevitable that the truth comes out on these things.

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          • Disgruntled.

            Some years back I was concerned about some child protection issues. I took all my evidince and gave it to the police. As such things are handled sensitively I never heard much more beyond one chat with a copper. Military officers did however turn their backs on me in the street and one had real problems talking to me. Interestingly I read a year later that a chap was imprisoned after a girl took her life due to the behaviour of a responsible adult. Are they connected I do not know.

            It is ok for a nobody to screw up, but anyone in any position of societal power/leadership must be whiter than white in truth not in image. Before they took office I dont care as we all make mistakes. But in office you must do the right thing, and not what it takes to protect “the boys.”

            Sadly the system tends to break the good while it protects the bad who happen to be well connected. I have stood up against it and paid some heavy prices, so I know that it is not easy.

            But if no one stands up then we just have a reign of darkness.

            At least that is what I think.

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  29. 85
    James says:

    Jeepers, I just went upstairs to check the kids’ piggy banks.

    They were untouched, thankfully.

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  30. 90
    Steve Sourwan, Orcland says:

    Anyone with information about who hacked my etchersketch should give me a ring.

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  31. 102
    To be continued… says:

    this one will run and run

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  32. 111
    Anonymous says:

    apparently a handful of donors have gone apeshlt about this and are now thinking of suing the officers of wandsworth tories for breach of their duties. this should have been spotted and stopped years before it was and there are a number of key people (wait for it – councillors amongst them) who are moving into the firing line

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    • 112
      Anonymous says:

      The whole thing has been far too chummy for too long. Morritt bascially packed the management commitee with his drinking buddies and a couple of stupid old biddies. They were either too hooked on the booze, too stupid or too matey to ever ask questions. I am an ex councillor in Wandsworth and I can assure you that anyone who asked an awkward question of Morritt was pretty quickly subjected to a campaign of abuse, bad mouthing and ostracisation.

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      • 113

        Suffered from it myself at the hands of my “betters.” It is just the way that parts of the establishment prefer to do things, or allow to happen through blind eye syndrome. Form over substance.

        Wreaking the life of good people to protect the bad is never a good policy, yet it is what we do. And we wonder why we are in the mess we are in.

        We need to raise the standards of behaviour in public life. Pre office is one thing, for I doubt that there is anyne here who has never erred, but when in office, your behaviour can illuminate or darken and it does matter.

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