I was shocked by councillors' double standards

Gazette: I was shocked by councillors' double standards I was shocked by councillors' double standards

A FORMER council leader who sensationally resigned during a public meeting said he stands by the criticism he levelled at his Tory colleagues.

Peter Halliday quit as leader of Tendring Council earlier this month after an emotionally-charged rant.

Speaking this week, Mr Halliday reiterated his view, accusing some councillors of selfishness and having double standards.

Mr Halliday, 45, of Gorse Lane, Clacton, said: “It was the most difficult decision I have made in my life. I have never felt the need to walk away from anything before.

“However, I havemy principles and always keep to them and I didn’t feel comfortable working with some people.

“There is quite some difference in the Tory party and a difference in attitude towards getting things done. There are double standards among some councillors.

“We had a job to do, in terms of creating jobs and facilities, but some councillors are happy as long as it is not in their own back yard.”

During the outburst at the cabinet meeting on Friday, December 13, Mr Halliday accused Clacton MP Douglas Carswell of doing “diddlysquat”

for his constituency, branded one Tory councillor a liar and claimed the local Conservative Party had behaved inappropriately.

He said he could not work with “deceiving, lying individuals”.

Mr Halliday said he did not hold a grudge against the Tory party and praised his fellow cabinet members.

He said: “The policies we were working on over the past few years are the right ones for Tendring.

“We have the second biggest sea defence scheme in the country about to start and other projects.”

Mr Halliday, who runs Clactonbased landscaping and building firm, P Halliday Ltd, said he would not rule out returning to politics.

He said: “I would never say never.

“But I have a wonderful wife who I have forgotten what she looks like, and my business has mainly been run by my son for the past few years – they will get my complete attention now.

“I have had e-mails and phone calls from every member of the Harwich and North Essex branch of the Conservative Party to express their support and to say thanks.

“But I have had just two from councillors in Clacton and the surrounding area.

“To anybody thinking of getting into local politics all I can says is: Do it for the right reasons, do it with a public agenda not a personal one.”

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12:33pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

A politician with a conscience? Such a rare occurrence.
A politician with a conscience? Such a rare occurrence. Say It As It Is OK?

1:08pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Boris says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
A politician with a conscience? Such a rare occurrence.
Agreed. And let this be a warning to all those who idly post on these threads that they want to see a complete clean-out of local politics. It seems that Mr Halliday tried to do things right, and resist those driven by personal interests. Then he realised that they would not let him do the right thing, and so he should concentrate on his family and his business.
The only thing is, if he does decide to return to politics, electors will ask: "is he going to bottle it again?" It is not good to throw in the towel in mid-term, just because things are not going the way you would like. he should have resigned as party leader, but stayed on to see out his term as councillor.
But then I don't know Mr Halliday, I'm not a Tory, and I have the good fortune not to live in the TDC area. There is doubtless a lot more to this story than has appeared in the papers.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: A politician with a conscience? Such a rare occurrence.[/p][/quote]Agreed. And let this be a warning to all those who idly post on these threads that they want to see a complete clean-out of local politics. It seems that Mr Halliday tried to do things right, and resist those driven by personal interests. Then he realised that they would not let him do the right thing, and so he should concentrate on his family and his business. The only thing is, if he does decide to return to politics, electors will ask: "is he going to bottle it again?" It is not good to throw in the towel in mid-term, just because things are not going the way you would like. he should have resigned as party leader, but stayed on to see out his term as councillor. But then I don't know Mr Halliday, I'm not a Tory, and I have the good fortune not to live in the TDC area. There is doubtless a lot more to this story than has appeared in the papers. Boris

6:05pm Mon 30 Dec 13

peachey says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
A politician with a conscience? Such a rare occurrence.
Such a shame these such politicians do not survive in the shark infested world of politics. It's the people that REALLY want to make a difference who are forced out leaving the selfish, greedy and power hungry to control our towns.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: A politician with a conscience? Such a rare occurrence.[/p][/quote]Such a shame these such politicians do not survive in the shark infested world of politics. It's the people that REALLY want to make a difference who are forced out leaving the selfish, greedy and power hungry to control our towns. peachey

10:07pm Mon 30 Dec 13

roger bacon says...

An excellent leader and councillor with principles . He will be very hard to replace. TDC have good policies in recent years as put in place by this administration. . The council will be the poorer for his resignation.
He will be able to get back to full control of his own business which it is impossible to do while on Council work.
An excellent leader and councillor with principles . He will be very hard to replace. TDC have good policies in recent years as put in place by this administration. . The council will be the poorer for his resignation. He will be able to get back to full control of his own business which it is impossible to do while on Council work. roger bacon

2:49pm Thu 2 Jan 14

gayle7654 says...

I think all council meetings should be made public through live internet broadcasting. We have 'Big Brother' and other pointless media showing us every facet of random people's lives. Let's have an internet version in the house of commmons and every council building across England. Open house with fully functioning sound at all times! What is there to hide anymore? We know there are liars amoung them through the expenses scandal. More taxpaying people would be on the case that way and less bad decisions would be able to escape public notice. Public spending should not be left up to a few counsellors anymore. It is not acceptable. From a Deanes School parent, Hadleigh, Essex.
I think all council meetings should be made public through live internet broadcasting. We have 'Big Brother' and other pointless media showing us every facet of random people's lives. Let's have an internet version in the house of commmons and every council building across England. Open house with fully functioning sound at all times! What is there to hide anymore? We know there are liars amoung them through the expenses scandal. More taxpaying people would be on the case that way and less bad decisions would be able to escape public notice. Public spending should not be left up to a few counsellors anymore. It is not acceptable. From a Deanes School parent, Hadleigh, Essex. gayle7654

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