Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Call for a Ferrygate Whistle-blowers to Step Forward
After being denied access to council documents about Transeuropa’s (TEF) £3.4 million debt to Thanet Council, Green Party Councillor, Ian Driver, has called for whistle-blower’s to come forward in the public interest.
Said Driver, the Ferrygate scandal is about as serious as it gets. It calls into question how Thanet Council is being managed. How can it be right for a small group of elected councillors and senior officials to agree a secret deal which allowed TEF to rack up a sphincter-dilating £3.4 million debt. This is ethically wrong and quite possibly breaks the Council’s constitutional rules, EU laws, and accounting rules.
I have asked the Council’s Chief Executive and its Legal Officer to see the documents related to this scandal but they have refused. I want to know what they are hiding and will be appealing against their decision to the Information Commissioner. In the meantime I publically call on anyone who has access to these documents, or who has inside information about the FerryGate scandal to blow the whistle and speak to the media or myself. I guarantee I will treat anyone with information in the strictest confidence.”
“In my opinion the public has right to know how it was possible for £millions of taxpayers money to be gambled on a failing company, without anyone knowing. It was not right and proper and those responsible must take the consequences for their reckless actions. It is in circumstances like these that whistle-blowers have a critical role to play and I would encourage anyone who knows something and feels uncomfortable about what has happened to pass on your information”
“I am determined that the people of Thanet will eventually find out the truth. I have already complained to the European Commission and will be complaining to the Ombudsman, the Information Commissioner and the District Auditor. There must be some accountability and mismanagement on this scale should never be allowed to happen again”.
For commentary on Ferrygate read Green Party Councillor Ian Driver’s blog