10 Comments
founding

It is important that this story is kept in the public eye.

The recent letter is just another attempt to sweep it under the carpet without a full inquiry.

We have had too much of public authorities and their leaders making horrendous decisions then hoping it will be quickly forgotten.

Expand full comment

It appears that honesty and integrity are disappearing from somes aspects of Public Service in this country. Please continue to hold any relevant 'feet to the fire".

Expand full comment
author

Thanks - wanted to judge the mood on it as not sure whether it was overkill. Will continue to dig a bit deeper.

Expand full comment

This form of scrutiny and investigative journalism is vital. Had the same spotlight been placed on the actions of Blantern and Bowmer at Northamptonshire County Council their actions which led to the failure of that Council may have been avoided.

Your reporting of the suppression of audit reports at West Northants Council and the Godfather like family and extra marital relationships which control North Northants Council as well as this exposure of the operation of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is incredibly important.

Expand full comment

Please keep tabs on this story in your usual efficient way. There's a lot more to this than we're being told, I suspect.

Expand full comment

He’s obviously guilty as sin for being a man in a honey trap. Although there are genuine concerns that financially there was no independent scrutiny by the so called monitoring officer Ms Marzec. She worked in his private business having already put some of her own money in so she was a shareholder and she moved out of Lincolnshire to Weston Favell to clearly be closer. She’s not a bad bird but he’s such a dick head that they both have to go. Being the Commissioner is an important role and he’s clearly not someone who can be trusted as he’s under pressure from her and he’s under duress now with all the messing about, he couldn’t care less as to what people think but he should just do the decent thing and resign and concentrate on his toy business with his girlfriend. Let’s stop him getting any further involved with Police and Fire who are ultimately fed up with his difficulties and his near impossible demands of brilliant officers. His time is up…

Expand full comment

I am happy to add myself to all the others encouraging you to keep our attention on this story. Mr Mold seems to conduct his role as an elected public representative mainly in alternating modes of quite inappropriate, furtive, silence or aggressive and arrogant self-justification. This is to the point where one only remembers his public pronouncements when he is either blaming his disasters on others or claiming someone else's credit when there has been a rare success. As such, he is a difficult individual to hold properly to account. The other local news sources, in contrast to the NNJ, seem to have given up even trying, and Cllr Smith and his panel seem to be culpably unfit for purpose. So, please keep going!

This issue of the legal advice that Mr Mold claims to have, contradicting WNC's, that he was not obliged to raise Ms Marzec's appointment with the panel, continues to interest me. The fact that he won't reveal any detail of the advice rather reinforces the thought that in detail, it isn't to his advantage. It either doesn't exist at all, is opposite in meaning to what he has claimed, or its sourcing is at around the level of "a bloke in a pub told me". It is, of course, also, as expressed by Mr Mold, obviously incorrect. If, for a moment, however, we stretch our imaginations far enough to believe, if only hypothetically, that the advice really does exist, conforms to Mr Mold's description of it and was obtained in the normal professional way, the question that then arises is, who paid for it? And, further, if it was, in fact, paid for by us, the public, and since we know, of course, that it is incorrect, what action has he taken to recover these public funds from this "legal advisor"? If the independent panel members can, next time, be encouraged to delay their inevitable walkout for long enough to do a bit of holding to account of their own, perhaps these are the sort of questions they could be asking.

Expand full comment

Keep following this and find out if the local conservatives are £whipping£ their members on the panel to avoid a by-election?

Expand full comment
founding

I first heard of this debacle from NN Journal, please keep us updated. The Commissioner's role requires the holder to accept close scrutiny of their actions and decisions, and Mr Mold would have been fully aware of this. It seems to me that elected officials, both locally and nationally, have decided they can do as they like and the electorate have no need to worry their silly little heads about it. They couldn't be more wrong.

Expand full comment

This role has a significant impact on the people and businesses in Northamptonshire. To show such poor judgement on several fronts needs to be exposed.

Expand full comment