"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Watch The Language

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "All The World's A Stage":

I don't understand. How can 2 Council members for Aurora be standing beside the woman from whom the town is trying to extract an apology and the return of its misappropriated money?

"Misappropriation"  is a term of illegality. . It does not describe legal fees  authorised by a majority of Council members for an inappropriate purpose and followed through by the town's administration.
Council members attending  court, seemingly in support of  the   former Mayor defence against  charges of Conflict of Interest in voting for an action involving financial benefit to herself, will have to answer the question themselves.
I cannot.
At the moment, there is indication a notice of motion will be brought forward by a Council member to express an apology for regrettable circumstances and possibly recovery of  expenditure of  public funds in the amount of $55,000. for one lawyer and $8,3000 for another, 
Wording of the motion is not known at this time. .
It is difficult to imagine how we can expect to recover the funds, considering  the current Council voted, on legal advice, to pay the above fees of the lawyer hired by or on behalf of the former Mayor's suit for $6.million  against town residents.     


Anonymous said...

Ok. Correction understood. Thank you. Let me try again. Will it be possible for the 2 Council members who supported Morris on Friday & the one whose late-filed, unsworn affidavit also supported her, to sit and vote on the proposed motion?
And I agree that there probably isn't any chance to recover the money.

Anonymous said...

The amazing thing is that the councillors that effectively gave Morris a blank cheque, using our tax dollars, don't seem to think that anything wrong has been done. Morris didn’t even agree to sign the indemnity agreement with the town while at the same time the Town Council's Code of Conduct says that public office can't be used for personal gain. Getting the town to pay for Morris's legal bills with no risk to her as she attacks her political rivals isn't apparently seen as "personal gain" by her allies opn Council. Someone needs to explain that logic to me because I just don’t understand how they think they can get away with that blatant breach of the council’s own rules.

I am willing to bet that the gang of six and their honorary 7th member (namely Councillor Ballard), could well make the very same mistakes again, if given chance. Correct me if I’m wrong, but they appear to have learned nothing.

Anonymous said...

I think this might be the 3rd year in which I have drawn to Morris' attention that the tree outfits north of Bradford are hiring baggers to do Xmas trees. She could camp out in Bradford and work with our grandson. You need gloves.