ATTEMPT TO GAG NEWSBOGNOR BY ARUN DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
Two Arun District Councillors have tried to stop publication of NewsBognor.com by
making vague threats of legal action
They objected to 'negative publicity' about Arun's activities in the website
Their objections withdrawn when NewsBognor invited them to name anything that was
not true and suggested that they may be required to pay our costs.
"Where has NewsBognor.com been over the last few months?" everyone in the town has
been asking. Why has there been no incisive news of what's been going on locally,
particularly in the convoluted world of Arun District Council?
Many apologies to everybody for our silence for a while, but we were advised by our
solicitors not to publish anything further while the dispute was going on.
Not that it was much of a dispute; really just a couple of remarkably objectionable
Arun District Councillors trying to throw their weight around by adopting their usual
bully-boy tactics. It didn't get them far, and will, from now on, earn them special
attention from us.
They considered that our coverage of Arun's activities was bad for the reputation
of the Council and, somewhat illogically, they made unspecified and vague threats
of legal action if we did not withdraw some of our articles and desist from any further
comment which would give the Council "negative publicity."
The illogical nature of this was that it would not be the place of Councillors to
instigate legal action on behalf of the Council, and in any case they weren't prepared
to say that they were representing anyone but themselves. All a bit silly, which
begs the question: were they being 'pushed' by others to try and frighten us off
by proxy? Is there another bully-boy (or girl) behind them, pulling their strings
but too cowardly to show his/her own head above the parapet? Or were they just being
Whatever, it got them precisely nowhere. We invited them to name anything we had
published which was not true, which they could not. Which means that their claim
demonstrates that Arun is, in fact, generating its OWN negative publicity.
And we reminded them that if they chose to take the matter any further we would be
happy to see them in Court and be demanding costs when they lost. As is usual with
most bullies, that was the last we heard from them.
But they WILL be hearing from US. Quite often, we suspect, until the next ADC elections,
when we hope to see them ejected from office by the public. And so they should be.