Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Is Tony Woods a bona fide Councillor?

After months of waiting the 'Astragate' report is now a public document and at last i can comment on it without fear of being thrown in the jug!
Astonishingly after having led a blameless and law abiding life for decades I have been threatened twice with legal action in the past six weeks.
The first is widely known, former Labour Councillor Les Marriott and almost but not quite County Councillor Tess Scott tried to get CC&BC TCexMPexPC and myself incarcerated for forgetting to put my address on an election letter.
It would appear that we have beaten that rap.
But then Francis Fernandez,NBC head honcho Borough Solicitor threatened me with all sorts of punishments(imprisonment,huge fines,losing my status as a bona fide citizen,having to listen to Tony Woods deone on...)if I released details of the Astragate complaint to the press.
As it happens I didn't need to, they already had a copy when they telephoned to confirm a detail.

I made the complaint to the Standards Board some time ago, alongside a former NCC member.In his response Cllr Woods claimed that it was not a 'bona fide complaint and was politically motivated'.
As to being 'bona fide', well I've been a tax paying citizen in this Borough for over 40 years!-Tony Woods I believe came in or around 2002-Get your bona fides out Tony!!
For the record I was asked to assist by long serving employees of NBC who knew I was both a former Council Leader(a decade of bona fides there Tony!) and an Honary Alderman(bit more bona fides Tone?) and that they had little confidence in the direct approach.

Given that Tony Woods ignored the Chief Executive three times, the Town Hall manager once and his own Chief Whip,Dennis Meredith it would seem that their lack of confidence in the supreme leader was well placed.

His other complaint that it was politically motivated is somewhat bizarre given that he ..a local 'politician' but chimes in with his general world view.
Remember when there was a packed public meeting in the Guildhall some months ago and the same Cllr Woods refused to attend(even though he was in the building) because it was 'political'.
I understand that Woods likes to appear the hard man of local politics, and likes the fact that some of his group call him 'Stalin'- well Tony, lrts make it clear,your no JVS!
Indeed if you had any of his qualities half your group would be in a gulag near Daventry by now and the other half would be too!
By the way if you really think of yourself as Stalin-who in your group is your Beria?

I was wondering why you were looking so glum at the Pig concert and wondering around like 'little Billy no mates', you had obviously read the final report of Philip Mears.


  1. John,
    You and me have not been mates for long, so I hope you will forgive me speaking out. I hope that you will except and respect my thoughts and views too...
    Firstly, you know I love your blog and weekly column in the Chron, I like talking with you as I think you an interesting man... I wish I had talked with you years ago.
    We both know that we all have different thoughts and beliefs when it comes to everything in life, that's the great thing about being a human being right? I also believe that just because you are an ex Labour member etc. that there is no good reason why we cannot be friends. (Even if we support different colours/parties etc.)
    My problem, (if you can call it that) is I think you are out of order with some of your comments about Mr. Woods. I find it a little on the offensive side if I am honest, and not something I expected from a gentleman that seemingly comes across as a man of the people who likes everyone etc.
    I am all for healthy debate and free speech, but does it have to come with such a tone? Does everything have to be "sticking the knife" in? Can it not just be the facts and leave the petty snipes at home?
    Just my opinion on the matter. Hope it does not cause offense...

  2. Nicki
    Of course L'm not offended,and over the years have taken and given criticism where deserved-and indeed over the years have worked with people of all political opinions to achieve the best for the town-even Liberals when times were hard!
    But Cllr Woods is a whole different case!-He really has a sublime level of arrogance that is in my experience unique in local politics.He hurls gratuitous insults about likr confetti.So L'm not a bona-fide citizen?
    I think he's probably too far up his own oriface to begin to understand what the role of a Councillor really is all about.

  3. Hello gentlemen, and apologies for not replying sooner.

    What with getting ready for my holiday, life, a poorly pc and bad phone; I just simply have not got round to getting back online and answering your points. I will also “double post” so as I get my point across to both of you and answer you both...

    I also wanted to see what else came up regarding this “Astragate” stuff, I saw your reasons in the Chron John about why you made the complaint... in my draft reply I had mentioned how I felt that it was somewhat “sour grapes” on your part John, having been called not a “bone fide” member of the public etc. However, having read your reasons I now take that back, and apologise.

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