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Council propaganda paper ignores chief executive suspension’

PUBLISHED: 23:02 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, I HAVE written to the editor of Tower Hamlets Council’s free newspaper and their web editor asking why they have ignored the major story surrounding the suspension on full pay of the Town Hall’s chief executive. Almost as incomprehensible as the act of suspension is the complete lack of reporting the issue

Dear Ed,

I HAVE written to the editor of Tower Hamlets Council’s free newspaper East End Life’ and the web editor of towerhamlets.gov (etc) asking them to explain why they have chosen to ignore the major story surrounding the suspension on full pay of the Town Hall’s chief executive (East London Advertiser Website, June 16.

Almost as incomprehensible as the act of suspension, is the complete lack of reporting the issue in the council’s media.

East End Life’ has always been a news-sheet for the ruling administration, but when it fails to report on news like this it becomes little more than an instrument of propaganda. If you compare East End Life’ with the weekly coverage of Tower Hamlets in the East End Advertiser you would think you were in two different worlds at the same time.

I surely have a right as a council taxpayer to know what Tower Hamlets is spending my taxes on. The estimated £400,000 it will cost to relieve Martin Smith of his duties (as chief executive) is no small amount, which will no doubt be added to the council tax bill for 2009-10.

John Griffiths

Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green


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