News is coming in that at least one Bristol City Councillor has demanded an explanation and a legal view on David Bishop’s dodgy Railway Path land sale from the city solicitor Stephen McNamara.
McNamara has replied by providing no opinion whatsoever and instead invited the councillor to a mysterious and private off-the-record meeting with himself and the culprit David Bishop where – as usual with anything to do with Bishop – no minutes are intended to be taken and hence no public record kept.
This is odd. Any legal opinion to a councillor on a city council matter should be the independent product of the city solicitor, McNamara. It should not be done in cahoots with the character under investigation. Surely NcNamara needs to maintain and be seen to be maintaining his independence? Hardly the case if he’s chummily sat there next to the object of his investigation to gang up on a lone councillor.
If the councillor has any sense at all he’ll turn up with his own team to face this pair of jokers, apparently intent on doing some kind of unattributable intimidation/spin exercise job on our democratically elected representatives.
Indeed if I were the councillor I’d turn up with a tape recorder, slam it on the desk in front of these six-figure salaried self-serving bullying bastards and get them on the record where public servants belong.