[NB, some of the items below will be a little difficult to read, for which we apologise. They’re copied directly from the on-llne advice of crisis management experts, and we wanted to reproduce their words exactly.]
Let’s keep things simple. ALL we want to know about the CEO’s ‘pay rise’ is ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’.
WE don’t think that our straightforward needs have been met. The majority of councillors can”t think that they’ve been met either – otherwise they’d tell us so rather than waste resources on an independent review. Indeed, to the best of our knowledge, not one councillor has said in public that we have already been told the ‘the truth, the whole truth……’
Is it that NO-ONE knows, or can find out, the ‘truth, the whole truth…’? We very much doubt it. The people ‘at the top’ have – or certainly should have – the authority to discover what happened. So, why haven’t they told us? It really is difficult to think of any honest and open reason for their silence. It really is easy to think that they’re wanting to cover something up.
Now we wrote to all councillors at the beginning of this saga that the ‘widespread disrepute’ was doing long-term damage. Actions needed to be taken ‘openly, honestly, quickly and very visibly’. That was three weeks ago – yet a convincing response was needed in the ‘first fifteen minutes’:
Going further. The council Leader sent an internal letter to staff and councillors. Apparently when contacted by the local paper, ‘The council did not want to add any further comment.’ That wasn’t the brightest move:
It’s noticeable that Tory councillors (we mention them because they’re the most implicated in this saga, and not because they’re Tories) are tending to resort to a common position and not to speak out as individuals.
Quote: honesty and clarity are key….. Always be honest…
It’s fair to say that the limited honesty shown by ‘the council’ may be expedient in the short term for some individuals. But they’re sacrificing the long-term trustworthiness of the council in the process.