With good coverage in yesterdays Sunday Sun, today’s Shields Gazette gives front page coverage to the missing ballot box scandal. I will be returning to the issue later, but one stand out feature is that the blame for the debacle is being placed on a casual porter who has been identified by senior council managers as putting the ballot papers in a skip. How convenient. One slight problem, the worker in question has denied any such wrong doing.
Hopefully the full police investigation will get to the roots of this issue. I would however, hate to think a porter had been earmarked to take the blame, thereby detracting attention away from those who were really involved, what ever their position in the council’s hierarchy.