"THE Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Doug Williams, has been temporarily suspended from a Pontypridd branch of a fraternal organisation, a spokesman has confirmed.
Six members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) have had their membership suspended following a “disagreement” over how the Pontypridd group was being run."
The piece went on to explain that
"The Grand Secretary of the order, Christopher McMahon, who is based in the Harrogate headquarters, said Coun Williams was “a man of integrity” who was suspended over rules and procedure issues.
He stressed Coun Williams had done nothing wrong and was not suspended for any financial issues or irregularities."
Now I have known Doug for some time in his capacity as former Elections Officer in RCT, and would not doubt this for one minute, although why the Grand Secretary felt the need to stress it I don't know.
Yet rules and proceure seem to be troubling the Mayor quite a bit lately. Such that in the past couple of weeks he has been the subject of two letters to the press from members of the public about Labour Councillors behaviour and his chairing of a recent Council meeting (see below).
One resident wrote:
"I was absolutely disgusted by the petty schoolboy bullying that Coun Powell** was forced to tolerate. Every time he attempted to open his mouth he was shouted down before he could even manage to utter two words. Every time he tried to speak the rest of the room found it rather entertaining to chat loudly amongst themselves while jeering and booing. I have rarely been so thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed and found myself bouncing in my seat with anger to find myself witnessing such petty bullying from people who are receiving good money to represent the constituents of Rhondda Cynon Taff. They even, at one point, threatened to evict him from the meeting. I would like to know why they are so keen to rid these meetings of Coun Powell. "
(** Welsh Lib Dem Cllr Mike Powell.)
“At one point Cllr Powell was openly insulted by another Councillor but when he attempted to reply he was told he would be removed for the chamber if he dared to speak again. During the discussion of one item the mayor refused to allow Cllr Powell to make an amendment which I believe is against the rules”
Of course for those of us who have been regular attendees for some considerable time all this come as no surprise, but the current Mayor really is in danger of over-stepping the mark.Maybe the stress of being RCT's first citizen is all getting a bit too much.