It has been put to Huttonian that his position on the Community Council and his capacity as ranter could be an ambivalent one creating the suspicion amongst the more paranoiac elements in this community that he is using the one to enhance the other in contravention of 'rules of conduct' of Community Councillors. Indeed this point has been made in a variety of unpleasant ways -most recently at an otherwise good humoured meeting of that august body last night-and sparked off by the press stories with which you are all familiar. It is actually not true as Huttonian has been very careful not to rant about information which has been 'privileged' and of which he is aware in his 'official' capacity.
Much has been made of the old Blog-given a decent burial and brief funeral oration over a year ago. Huttonian who had apologised for any offence given-and taken-had hoped that it would remain buried-RIP. But sadly some of those bloggees who had neither forgiven nor forgotten purported insult, by tipping off the revered national press have effectively shot themselves in several feet and brought the old blog back to life. It is noteworthy that pretty well every published excerpt in the Press stories are from the old rant effectively off the WWW since last April. So who ever tipped off our alert free lance reporter must have handed over the text of the old rant-goodness knows enough have been around as one worthy citizen down loaded 125 pages or so off the original 'Musings' , photocopied about 50 copies (who paid for this act of public spiritness?) and handed it around in the hope people might take offence with the inevitable result. And now those bits of the blog which seemed to have given the most offence are splashed around the national press and given further currency by the great number of hits on the current blog which now has a vast (if temporary) readership-move over Baghdad Blogger! Not very sensible I would have thought. Huttonian said as much last night when old alleged slurs from the distant past were dragged up. I asked one complainant why he/she has waited 15 months to complain to my face or otherwise to tackle me direct-the comment facility on the blog is for all to use and my address and phone number no secret. It is very sad that old sores have been reopened and I hope that the scars can now be left unscratched.
Anyhow to avoid further accusations of a clash of loyalties and abuse of my CC position Huttonian will keep off detailed discussion of council matters unless they are of such local public interest that omission would not be in the wider community council-but it will be done as Joe Bystander and not as HE the Chairman. Topics such as, er, dog pooh?
If I am spared, of course