January 24th, 2013

Drink-Driving Councillor Put in Charge of Road Safety

Whenever you see the words Tory and Councillor together, you know it’s going to be good. Canterbury councillor Neil Baker has just been put in charge of the committee responsible for road safety in his town, despite being convicted of drink-driving just a few weeks ago. According to the Canterbury Times:

“Part of the new role is to advise the council’s executive committee – which Tankerton representative Mr Baker was suspended from following his arrest – on highways, road traffic and public transport issues. The 30-year-old father-to-be was hauled before the courts on January 7, after crashing his car into a tree in Whitstable while more than twice the legal drink limit.”

You couldn’t make it up… 


49 Comments

  1. 1
    Buster Gasket says:

    Set a thief to catch a thief?

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  2. 2
    Ruling Elite says:

    Hilarious

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  3. 3
  4. 4

    Drіnk-Drіvіng?

    I thought we weren’t allowed to say that here… :-P

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    • 9

      Tha..thash the good thing ’bout ..erm..’bout here..you can jush shay..whatever you like.
      Its very good thing to have..Now eshcuse me..I hash to leave this bar and go and vote on something.

      How ..how..how do you turn this lap-pod thingy off ?

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    • 30
      T'old Fella says:

      I think it is a bit of a personal thing, but as far as I know the person did not have an accident like this guy, who was probably lucky to save his life, he it will now be saying, “do as I say not what I do.”

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  5. 5
    Chris H says:

    I can give him advice.

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    • 25
      Hugh Janus says:

      Is your advice the fact that the case will take months if not years to reach trial, and in the process will require millions to keep the legal profession in the style to which they have become accustomed?

      In that case just plead guilty and have done with it.

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  6. 6
    Jim says:

    Speaking from experience, eh Guido?

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  7. 7
    Jimmy says:

    The only thing more hypocritical would be a blogger convicted of the same offence mocking him.

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  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Same old Tories

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  9. 12
    Bob Double Diamond Standard says:

    Tankerton = Tanked up doing a ton

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  10. 15
    Go get 'em Guidio says:

    That’s like putting an alcoholic on the licensing authority

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  11. 21
    Yawn! says:

    By Tory logic, does that mean Eric Pickles is going to be made Minister of Obesity?

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    • 26
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      That’ll be a QUANGO formed by Fatty Watson, Lard Prescott, and the svelte supporter of private schools, Ms Abbott. Pickles has got a real job to go to.

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  12. 22
    Anonymous says:

    ‘You couldn’t make it up…#

    Unfortunately you don’t have to nowadays

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  13. 23
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Not quite as good as Baroness Scotland employing her housekeeper.

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  14. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Canterbury City Council would have made Gordon Brown head of the IMF.

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    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      They are hideous at the moment, they’ve just spent £100k causing a year of gridlock. Despite Kent CC going over their head and pulling it they still think it’s a good idea.

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  15. 31
    Eeyore says:

    It’s consistent with putting a spendthrift like Osborne in charge of the Treasury.

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  16. 32
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    That is nothing. In County Kerry in Ireland the Council voted to give people in remote areas permits to drink and drive.The idea was a simple process where you apply to the police then get a permit from them to drink and drive. You could then get as pissed as you like.

    The vote was carried 5 -4 on the council. Four of those who voted for it were local publicans.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266416/Irish-council-approves-motion-allow-rural-drink-driving.html

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  17. 33
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    That is nothing. In County Kerry in Ireland the Council voted to give people in remote areas permits to drink and drive.The idea was a simple process where you apply to the police then get a permit from them to drink and drive.

    The vote was carried 5 -4 on the council. Four of those who voted for it were local publicans.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266416/Irish-council-approves-motion-allow-rural-drink-driving.html

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  18. 34
    Observer says:

    He’s not actually from Canterbury. The Canterbury local authority is one of Ted Heath’s nonsense district creations covering three towns without a tremendous amount in common.

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  19. 35
    Nonjob says:

    I myself have only been banned a mere twice, so can vent forth with my judgemental opinon. This is terrible. Whose round is it?

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  21. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Town?

    Try city, what with it having the most important cathedral in Britain and all that.

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  22. 41
    Taxfodder says:

    People who Blog or comment on blogs are often charged with being utter nutters or loony fringe (especially if their ideas clash with their accusers) me, well I see it as life’s rich tapestry…plus I don’t give a feck.

    However if you need to witness the genuine article nowhere will you find a better example of greed, egocentric stupidity, nutters and loony tunes than your local council officers.

    Only bettered of course by the gullible fools that vote them into a job the job the first place.

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    • 49
      jimbo says:

      If only the population of the City of Canterbury had the luxury of being able to vote them out. As hard as it might be to believe, this particular man has ZERO votes from residents in Canterbury as his ward is in another town so we can do nothing!!

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  23. 45
    Minekiller says:

    What is the problem here? After all, Gordon Brown was put in charge of the British economy for years.

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  24. 46
    JIM Gilchrist says:

    Words fail me here.

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  25. 47
    Boxer Rebellion says:

    Some of us are more equal than others.
    Hic

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  26. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Disgraced councillor Neil Baker is known to use the twitter account @NeilWhitstable and the following is something which appeared, perhaps prophetically, on Twitter in September 2011:

    “@NeilWhitstable I’m not sure how the judges would score a man in a suit on a push bike sipping Corona!”

    The answer to this almost certainly depends on whether council leader and (former) magistrate John Gilbey is on the panel.

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