Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Legislators and Law":
the comment just sent should have been sent a couple
of minutes before the "appointed to the bench" one.
Either I didn't send
it or you didn't receive and display it.
If you do receive it now can you
please put it in ahead of the "bench" one. Thanks. That way they make sense.
Sorry I cannot accommodate this request
I don't know which "comment was just sent."
Even If I did ,I don't know how to switch placement.
I just published three comments related to the latest development of the former Mayor having to pay more money to the defendants in the SLAPP suit.
The first has suggestions that Councilor Ballard should be required to follow to correct misleading comments he made in a Council meeting.
Authority is absent there as well.
Councillor Ballard is responsible for statements he makes.
Unless he accuses another Councillor of lying. ...or assigns motive to another Councillor...or uses unparliamentary language or fails to behave with appropriate decorum,Councillor Ballard has authority to make whatever inaccurate and misleading statements he chooses during a Council meeting.
Such statements can be refuted by other Councillors. It's the purpose of debate.
Members of the public listening to the debate must decide for themselves which position makes most sense.
At the same time, questions on the table for Council debate must relate to town business.
Whether or not the former Mayor was defamed by comments in a Blog was never town business.
It's my understanding the Council of the day, or those present at a meeting where business being discussed was not town business were informed of that fact.
I also understand the former Mayor had. that morning..obtained legal advice,also at the town's expense, that it was in fact possible for the town to sue.
It became town business by payment of legal fees incurred to process the SLAPP suit on behalf of the former Mayor. .
The current Council cut off funding. But sought and received legal advice from yet another legal counsel at a cost of $8,000. that the town should pay fees outstanding.on behalf of the former Mayor of $55,000.
So the town did.
If you are counting, another instance of my disagreement with professional advice received.
But Hey, who listens to me.
Councillor Ballard won enough votes to take a seat at the table and state his views.. He is perfectly free to take
Half a pound of tuppeny rice
Half a pound of treacle
Mix it up and make it nice
Pop goes the weasel
Round and round the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey stopped
To pull up his socks
Pop goes the weasel. .