It’s not what you do but the way that you do it? Are you singing along with us yet?
The predicted snowfall across the South on Friday didn’t prevent Daniel (AKA Cllr Jerry Hyman) stepping into the Lion’s Den – as ‘Your Waverley’ lined up its stormtroopers to bring the outspoken Farnham Residents’ Cllr and champion of our environment, to heel – once and for all.
This post comes with an Elf & Safety Warning to anyone wishing to join the council’s ranks: Unless they are intending to stand for the RULING (or as Non-Conservative voters like to say, rue-the-day Conservatives) at “Your Waverley’ (YW) – its strapline – not ours – don’t waste your time and energy, let alone breath.
‘Your Waverley’s’ Standards Panel came together to judge Cllr Hyman (GH)’s “lack of respect for some officers and a member,” and breaching the Council’s Code of Conduct. Chaired by the Tory Whip – Councillor Michael sleepy – Goodrich also known as Good Riddance. Although in this particular instance viewers of the webcast could be forgiven for calling him, Judge Jeffries! And, who over the seven-hour hearing – created a far worse image of ‘Your Waverley’ in the eyes of the public, than anything Cllr Hyman has ever done!!
The Wonersh councillor likes to joke that he doesn’t have to get elected, just slide in unopposed every four years, and is infamous for falling asleep on the job. If Wonersh residents had any self-respect they’d dump this ghastly excuse for a councillor and get themselves a real advocate for the village.
But credit where it’s due, contrary to our expectations. Good-Riddance managed to stay awake in ‘YW’s’ Kangaroo-Court although he failed miserably – to hide his irritation and keep his bully boy ways in check. Look closely if you can bear it, and you’ll see him muttering under his breath as the steam poured out of his ears and nostrils. We all waited with bated breath for his nostril hairs to ignite – and would have happily thrown lighter fuel on the flames!
It was obvious to anyone watching the webcast – don’t do it – it lasted all day and half the evening – he was in for the kill. All that pent-up anger and rage bottled up at Joint Planning Meetings since the arrival of … THE OPPOSITION spewed out like red hot lava – or do we mean green bile?
Like a mediaeval inquisitor Good-Riddance, couldn’t wait to poke Cllr Hyman’s eyes out with a hot poker, reminding him that HE was the Lawyer in this Kangaroo Court, understood how to barbecue victims, and knew how to brown nose officers. However, GoodR was somewhat thwarted in his efforts to flay the victim alive by an independent Consultant and Independent member, who both agreed Cllr Hyman’s passion for abiding by the rules of environmental law may in fact, have led to a breach that was, “at the finer end of serious.”
GH, a Waverley council tenant and founder of Farnham Residents Group, admitted he was not well equipped to answer the charges against him, had no legal representation and had only received the papers six days earlier. So instead of answering the charges made against him by Waverley’s Snowflake officers more familiar for being congratulated with monotonous and brown-nosing regularity by members for their “hard work providing such excellent reports” – made statements instead.
Going head to head in the lion’s den with complainant ‘YW’s’ lawyer (Daniel Bainbridge), Cllr Hyman was supposed to be a lamb going to the slaughter. Only the council hadn’t laid on the mint sauce to add piquancy to their delicacy.
So despite his numerous attempts to skewer and kebab Cllr H by complainant – Joint Planning Committee Chairman Peter Isherwood, who is well used to insulting the villagers of Ewhurst & Cranleigh and Good -Riddance they both failed. Not only because they lacked the skills of oratory, but quite simply because the facts were not on their side. Not something that normally worries ‘YW’ but in this instance, Cllr Hyman revealed, beyond reasonable doubt, how the Council that prides itself of never making mistakes (in their dreams!) had made HUGE, BIG, FAT MISTAKES with the advice given to councillors by its legal officers.
Oh Dear!! Saying that to the man with a face like a smacked arse GR – who was forced to apologise at the outset for the Council’s mistake of putting up all the paperwork online for public consumption when it was Confidential and on pink papers – including the Independent Member’s private e-mail details.
Then had to admit – officers had not ensured GH’s Rebuttal Statement attached to an e-mail sent to the `Head Honcho, Tom Horwood – had mistakenly not been included in “the bundle.”
Conspiracy or what? Trust us Watergate has nothing on Waverleygate!
Judge Jeffries then showed video clips of planning meeting webcasts to prove that CH was rude and offensive to officers – by using the abusive term – wait for it – wait for it …drumroll – “MISQUOTED!”
And for daring to challenge their Legal Advice – that’s the legal advice, they admitted in another Webcast clip provided by Cllr H (which by the way that Good-Riddance fiercely objected to being shown) – was actually correct! You couldn’t make it up, seriously. Evidence confirmed by the council’s lawyer that proper assessment required under the Habitats Directive had not been carried out. Including measures that ensure the future for birds and wildlife in the Special Protection Areas around Farnham – Godalming and Haslemere.
The Independent professional Mr Oram admitted he wasn’t equipped to judge whether the legal advice officers gave to the planning committee was right or wrong. But he, after recognising how passionate and knowledgeable Cllr H was on the subject, could understand his frustration believing the matter which occurred in 2017 was ” at the finer end of serious could and should have easily been resolved in private to everyone’s satisfaction much earlier.”
So there you have it, folks – in its desire to castrate and humiliate, a man who is seen as – “The Opposition” ‘Your Waverley’ has wasted time and taxpayers’ money and human resources dragging a man with a dodgy ticker to a Kangaroo Court only for the Independent Professional to conclude the whole thing could have been resolved behind closed doors to everyone’s satisfaction. (Oh! the irony of it, given that, in the normal course of events, that’s ‘YWs’ preferred way of dealing with things) Ah! but that wouldn’t have been to ‘YW’s’ satisfaction would it …. we feel another song coming on…
We can’t get no satisfaction…
Although we put this picture up a few days ago – there was no way that Goodriddance was going to gag Farnham’s Hyman. “The people of Farnham elected me to represent their interests – that is what I am doing and that is what I will continue to do – obey the law. A law which over-rides the Code of Conduct.” He wanted the council not to continue making major errors, particularly on environmental issues, as it had done for the past ten years.
He said he could not sit idly by and watch Waverley’s towns and villages being wrecked, by inappropriate development which damaged the Special Protection Areas and “non-existent SANGS” and elsewhere in the borough that flood and have poor transport links. However, he claimed although he had challenged officers – he had NEVER abused them personally.
If Jerry Hyman had been elected as a diplomat, and not knowing when he has said enough – then he might be deemed GUILTY. But, as he rightly pointed out, he’s an engineer, with insufficient funds to provide himself with legal advice or secretarial help. He is also part of a minority party whose members have been bullied – derided – ridiculed and blocked by some – not all we hasten to add, members of this discredited administration.
Maybe the verdict to impose training in the Protocol of dealing with Officers – which he must undergo within 42 days – will help him learn from his mistakes? And like many of us who don’t suffer fools gladly – learn how to make his arguments – without *issing off too many officers… And that will equip him with the skills to do what the Tories do.
Shut their eyes, put their fingers in their ears, hold their breath and fart loudly at the electorate! Apparently, it’s called multi-tasking!!!
We will share one hilarious moment with you.
When Good-Riddance had the bare-faced audacity to ask Cllr Hyman how he thought he should be punished? We at the WW thought for one – God-awful moment – Cllr Hyman was going to resign from the JPC and other committees – one of which he chairs, and which scrutinises business! But the member for Farnham Castle, who has the third highest attendance record of all 57 members, held on to his dignity and smiled at his tormentor.
The moral of this tale.
The Delicate little Snowflakes – otherwise known as Waverley officers – cannot and must not be told they are Wrong, even if they are – in case they feel personally insulted. Because they NEVER, do you hear NEVER – make mistakes!
Meanwhile, Cllr Hyman who is a highly principled man reminded us at the Waverley Web of: “A Man for All Seasons” He simply could not let go. Despite everything. He is a good and honest man of whom the people of Farnham should be proud and we only hope this debacle doesn’t prove to be the death of him.