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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lib Dem Councillor cleared in Scientology row

Wales on-line reports that Cardiff Liberal Democrat Councillor and Welsh Assembly-hopeful, John Dixon has been cleared of accusations that he breached the code of conduct by calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” in a post on Twitter.

Cardiff Council’s Standards and Ethics Committee decided by seven votes to one that the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Peter Tyndall, was wrong to suggest that Mr. Dixon may have breached the code because he signed off his comments as CllrJohnDixon. They concluded he was acting in a private capacity.
I would have preferred it if they had decided it was not a breach of the code to call Scientology stupid!
While the end result is pleasing is does indicate the infringement of free speech that the Code can bring about.

What's the political balance of Cardiff City Council's Standards Committee
There are 9 members of the Standards and Ethics Committee.

5 Independent Members
3 County Councillors (1 Lib Dem, 1 Tory, 1 Plaid)
1 Community Councillor Representative
Is the ombudsman going to investigate the Neath Port Talbot Safeguarding Children Board?
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