1. At 07:56 pm on 12th Mar Conrad Black wrote:
It may be, Claire, that I have a short memory, but would I have been correct in thinking that the EDBF consisted of a bit more than ex-Councillor Brown, some landowners and developers. Did it include specific officers of the EDDC identified by job title?
Now if that happened to be the case, presumably those people representing those offices could not provide any input or comment regarding the matter because they would be fundamentally compromised. And if they did take any steps to influence the conduct of the matter of ex-Councillor Brown, with whom they would be inextricable linked (whether for good or ill) then a failure to recuse themselves and put the matter in the hands of a provably independent party would be to improperly influence the investigation.
Hopefully any officers involved would not have been so foolish as to try and influence the course of the investigation, because that would be a matter of public record and rather difficult to deny in a Court. Just being there is quite enough to create the compromise.
Is it also possible that declarations of interest were not made in a proper and timely manner?