Feeds

Somerset council resigns over blog

'Jackasses' jibes prove too much

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Eleven councillors from a rural Somerset town have resigned their posts having had a bellyful of a local blogger who waged a concerted online campaign against them.

Niall Connolly has variously accused Somerton Town Council of corruption, called them "jackasses" and slammed a "Good Citizens" statement as "a Nazi call to arms or an invitation to ethnic cleansing".

His Muck&Brass blog is a chronicle of his struggle to restore democracy to Somerton - a town which was until a Tuesday night council meeting apparently under a fearful jackboot of oppression.

The meeting proved eventful, with vice chairman Anthony Canvin leading a mass exodus, as a delighted Connolly reports:

The Vice Chair stood up, put on his jacket and started a brief speech about how he was sick and tired of something or other and how he was going to leave it all up to the Town. At that point it seemed like he was presenting his resignation and this stunning news was greeted by the audience with rapturous applause. This seemed to trigger of a convulsion of action on the part of most of the rest of the council.

As one they rose up and the Chair was subject to a proverbial avalanche of resignation letters before he himself resigned. Clearly a rather well orchestrated action but whose point was rather lost on those who were watching with a growing sense of wonderment. As the sheep filed out, a euphoria spread through the hall and everyone there shared their own 'Berlin Wall' moment. Freedom. Heady days indeed.

Canvin, 61, confirmed to the BBC: "I'm not going to tolerate it when I'm working for the town. I started it. I said 'I've had enough' and handed in my resignation."

A motion that other councillors resign due to "impossible working conditions" was then approved, and another ten left their posts. One more also walked out in sympathy, leaving just two in their chairs. One was on holiday, and missed the entertainment.

The upshot of this is that Somerton Town Council now has just four of its full quota of 15 councillors. Since a quorum is one-third of the full council, South Somerset District Council will now have to arrange new elections.

Whether Connolly will stand is not reported. ®

Bootnote

Some background to this unholy spat can be found in the Somerton Town Council minutes of 23 June this year. A council "right to reply" records:

A resident has been causing mischief with incorrect statements on his “blog”. Mr Connolly was invited to stand and introduce himself but did not respond. Tony Canvin explained that some 3 years ago when clearing a Bancombe Road Unit after the demise of the occupant, an unlicenced caravanette was found parked.

The owner was not established after extensive enquiries, so the vehicle was removed. At a later time Mr Connolly arrived and enquired as to the whereabouts of his vehicle which he stated was parked on public property. He was informed by Tony Canvin that this was not the case as the property was, in fact, private.

It is felt that Mr Connolly is seeking vengeance against Tony Canvin via the blog, but is including the entire Council in his retaliations in the process.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.