Public Lies, Private Apologies

Council Leader Ann John (Labour) caught out

Council Leader Ann John (Labour)

So, it turns out that Ann John’s claims about us all living within 1.5 miles of a library, aren’t true.

It’s not just to residents that Brent has been lying to. Ann John and James Powney have been blithely telling the national press the same thing for weeks – in the Guardian, Independent and Telegraph no less.

The retraction was only made after a direct challenge. In private. Don’t expect Brent to be nearly as public with the truth. It’s not their way.

According to the “apology”, it seems we used to be within 1.5 miles from a library when we had them, but not anymore. King John used to tell us that most people don’t live within walking distance of a library (when we had 12 local libraries). Now that she’s closed half, suddenly we do.

We should be used to it. Whether it’s telling us our library was poorly located and low usage (it was neither), or that they are forced to make budget cuts, or  that we are getting a better service… its always the same. But then, as we take our Appeal to the High Court next week, there is – sadly – no law against politicians lying.

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Posted on November 5, 2011, in Brent Council, In the News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Public Lies, Private Apologies.

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