Worthing really does have all the interesting news these days. Earlier in the month there were the allegations of the Tories hijacking the local hospital campaign during the elections, and ow our old friend Mark McCarthy is back in the news.
Attentive readers might just remember Cllr McCarthy as the Worthing councillor who lived in London and was all over the papers when the paparazzi snapped him draped over a car bonnet outside Bouji’s nightclub. Previously he had been fined for drunk and disorderly conduct and had been excluded from the Tory group on the council – although he claims to have resigned – and now describes himself as Independent Conservative.
Well now he is going before his council’s standards committee as a result of his behaviour at last year’s mayor-making ceremony. The exact nature of the complaint is unknown because the council is keeping details of the offence secret and is likely to hold the proceedings in private. I can’t believe it is normal for such matters to be so hush-hush.