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A familiar pattern of denial

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The gullible and ill informed South Tynesiders willingly sign a petition.

Despite a plethora of ramblings and ill advised comment against his detractors, and there are many, Cllr. David Potts the independent former Conservative councillor for Cleadon Village and East Boldon makes some cogent and lucid observations on his Twitter account about Mr. John Robertson and the petition that he is to present to South Tyneside  Council objecting to the use of tax payer’s cash to legally investigate the alleged author(s) of the Mr. Monkey blog and other internet titles.

Although sadly not available to read online, in a recent Shields Gazette article the bankrupt Mr. Robertson makes more protestations about the affair and the cost so far to council tax payers, and to back up his claims he has produced a petition with hundreds of names of gullible poorly informed South Tyneside people which the council “will consider in due course”. How many of those people are aware of Mr. Robertson’s open and tangible distaste for anything linked to South Tyneside Council is open to question. As is their level of familiarity with his suspended jail sentence for causing £160000 worth of criminal damage to our assets in the course of his dispute with the council, damage which his insurer will have to cover and which will ensure that law abiding drivers will continue to be hit with high premiums! How much do they know of the legal costs expended on their behalf to seek reparations for the criminal behaviour of Mr. Robertson? One wonders also at the level of quality information that Mr. Robertson provided the petitioners about the type of vile, disgusting, personal, and potentially libellous comments published by the author(s) of the range of blogs still left lying around the internet for all to see. Would a petitioner be pleased to find out, for instance, that a relative of theirs may have been painted to be a predatory paedophile and a danger to children simply for photographing public events in the borough? Just one of the type of dangerous, demeaning, and damaging comments aimed at individuals in South Tyneside

As ever with all of those people interconnected with the South Tyneside Independent Alliance, and Mr. Robertson was NOT one of their candidates in last May’s elections, there is a veritable wall of silence regarding the aforementioned type of comments, – no condemnation, no refutations or rebuttals, simply “no comment”, – it is a familiar pattern. Mr. Robertson is another who can add his name to the roll of those with nothing to say on the vilifications. It gives the impression that they are in total denial, as though all of their supporters never flocked to those places, treating them like a semi-official party website.

Yet still we see Mr. Robertson having the brass neck and sheer gall to produce this petition, and to rub salt into the wounds of those personally damaged by the rogue anonymous bloggers he comments on a Shields Gazette article penning himself as “Mr. Monkey”

19 Mr Monkey Monday, July 4, 2011 at 07:42 PM

Thanks for all the positive and negative comments, as well as the personal consequences of this, the following organisations which we sponsored each year have also suffered & 20 employees—-St Clare’s hospice— 12 Junior football teams–South Tyneside Council summer festival—-South Tyneside Homes star awards—- The Mayor’s Charity—-Bilton Hall Boxing Club—Little Sisters of the Poor—-Mental Health in South Tyneside—-Regards John Robertson

Perhaps he is just deliberately trying to muddy the water with this unusual behaviour.

Regardless of the criminal court case and sentence, and regardless of his own bankruptcy Mr. Robertson reiterates his desire to become a South Tyneside councillor! Has anyone  informed him of the laws regarding legal qualification for candidates?

What gets under my skin most of all about his publicity stunt is that odd display of righteous indignation over the spending of public funds; what qualifies a man who cannot handle his own business finances and runs up debts of about £1.3m to judge and scrutinise spending on our behalf? What makes a man whose business acumen was so poor that it led to 20 people losing their jobs think he has the right characteristics to sit as a councillor in a borough crying out for economic regeneration?

 

At this point I think it right to call upon those remaining few Independent Alliance councillors in South Tyneside (Allen Branley, Jane Branley, Ahmed Khan, Gordon Finch, John Hodgson, and Geraldine White) to collectively and firmly condemn once and for all the author(s) of the offending blogs which have brought this borough into disrepute and tarnished the political debate.


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Written by curly

August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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  1. Have to agree that the “virtual reality” councillor is right on the money. He is apparently facing a sustained cyber bullying attack, which is starting to stray into “Monkey” territory, and may have unfortunate consequences for those tweeting twit(erers) concerned.Those taking the “moral high ground” should reflect upon the phrae “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” or “tweet the first tweet”…

    LL.B

    August 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

  2. When I read the Gazette article I had a similar reaction. The brass neck of someone who has cost the Council Tax payers of South Tyneside a fortune because of his wanton destructive behaviour.
    An old fella I worked with used to refuse to sign petitions. He said you could put a petition round saying ‘who killed the cat’ and there’d be people daft enough to sign it.
    Robertson’s pertition is evidence of that.

    I fear hell will freeze over before you hear any condemnation from the crew you mentioned.

    Ispy

    August 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

  3. Have you any proof that John Robertson stood as an Independent Alliance candidate? I remember talking to someone who said that he stood as a stand-alone independent and that the only person interested in recruiting him was Councillor Steve Harrison who asked him to stand the previous year too as part of his Jarrow Independents movement he was trying to get off the ground.

    taxidriver

    August 5, 2011 at 6:44 am

    • I must apologise unreservedly, Mr. Robertson DID NOT represent the Independent Alliance last May, I have misread the information that I found here
      I hope that mine is the only red face around here and that I have not caused embarrassment to Mr. Robertson or the Alliance, post amended accordingly.

      Curly

      August 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

  4. Taxi driver appears to be correct regarding JR’s wholly independent, non aligned status. Whatever one’s political affiliations, failure to condemn or even criticise the content of the offending blog raises issues as to what standards of free speech you espouse. Problem is that certain individuals seem to regard alleged revelations and confidential information concerning the private life of any local politico as fair tweeting/blogging game, and my contention is that it is their public performance or lack of it that it is a legitimate target for temperate, literate criticism and analysis, unless they are raising issues such as financial competence of STC in which case they may expose themselves to counter blogs/tweets regarding their business acumen.

    LL.B

    August 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

  5. So, if for example, M&S spent 75k tracking down an anonymous blogge who was maliciously attacking their directors and families, the media would report it as Director X “spending 75k of hardworking customer’s money” methinks not. When graffitti is cleaned up by STC, who are criticised for the costs, the council or those who commit colourful criminal damage offenses?…

    LL.B

    August 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

  6. A more local example was the Dads Place site which published accusations of theft and kiddy fiddling against various Sunderland Councillors and officials. I think they were eventually closed down and fined because Sunderland Housing went after them for malicious untrue accusations concerning one of their officials.

    Ispy

    August 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

  7. Curly I think you were wrong to alter this one and Robertson and the Alliance don’t need an apology, I’ve just been to look at some school uniforms at Westoe no prizes for guessing which shop, and guess what happened?
    I was asked to sign Mr. Robertsons petition, they all pee in the same pot, isn’t that what they were fond of saying Curly?
    I didn’t hang about.

    Michelle Grimes

    August 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  8. Confusing article in “The Independent” re suing council, judicial review and potential 400K costs, difficult to ascertainfrom this piece of journalism what is or might be happening in respect of anti and pro primate litigation…

    LL.B

    August 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm


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