On arriving home from work tonight a brown envelope was waiting for me. No! No! it wasn't a bung from a seafront developer looking for new opportunities in Ramsgate. It was something much more interesting.
It was a letter from Thanet Council informing me that a Mr Terence Painter has submitted a Standards Complaint against me for comments I made about him at a meeting of Thanet Council on 6 December 2012. My comments related to events reported in a recent BBC Newsroom South East programme, broadcast in January 2013 which made allegations about Mr Painter's Estate Agency handling of the sale of a flat at the Pleasurama Development. My comments were made with qualified privilege (whatever that is) in the Council Chamber so its pretty tricky to sue me for slander so I am told, especially if I believe I was telling the truth, which I do.
The letter went on to warn me not tell anyone that I had received the letter (uh?). Well anyone who knows me knows that's a red rag to a bull. I hate secrecy in public affairs. I can't be doing with it. So Thanet Council stick your secret letter up you jacksy. I will not be co-operating with your investigation and I will publish all correspondence related to it.