Not the type of award you want to win, but the Private Eye this week dished out its Rotten Borough gongs. Nominations in the “Democrat of the Year” category included West Somerset, Bournemouth and one South Tyneside. The Eye describes the Borough as being the area where “the council covered up for six months the fact that 18 ballot boxes had gone missing after the local May elections”. Unfortunately (or fortunately if your Brian T Scott, Returning Officer) South Tyneside was outclassed by Waltham Forest and the case of Miranda Grell, who managed to overturn her Liberal rivals majority by alleging that he was a paedophile.
This is South Tyneside’s first appearance in this event, and word on the streets is that the council is training very, very hard for next years awards!
Many thanks to “The Badger” for pointing out the omission from the “Little Eye” post of http://thenorthernherald.blogspot.com/2008/01/private-eyes-little-eye.html. However, I always intended to cover this issue as a separate item. But thanks anyway for paying close attention to The Northern Herald. It is always good to know that at lease one Cabinet Member is paying attention to what is going on in the Borough!