No action over Tory blog post: Shoebury seawall campaigner had lodged complaint against Tony Cox

Southend Standard: Tony Cox, Southend councillor responsible for public protection, waste and transport, will face no further action after agreeing to change the name of a blog post Tony Cox, Southend councillor responsible for public protection, waste and transport, will face no further action after agreeing to change the name of a blog post

A SENIOR Tory won’t face an investigation over his blog after agreeing to take down “offensive” comments.

Tony Cox, Southend councillor responsible for public protection, waste and transport, will face no further action after agreeing to change the name of a blog post.

The post was about Peter Lovett, of the Friends of Shoebury Common, entitled Bare Faced Liars and agreed to stop referring to the anti-seawall campaigner as “Dear Leader” – a term used for ruthless North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Mr Cox, a Shoebury councillor who has backed controversial plans for the 7ft embankment across Shoebury Common, said: “It was a malicious claim.

“It has proved they are quick to hurl abuse and insults, but when something is given back they don’t like it.

“I used the term ‘Dear Leader’ as a tongue in cheek reference. If he is too lily-livered to accept it, I won’t call him it, but I don’t take back what I said.”

Mr Lovett, 67, of Leitrim Avenue, Shoebury, lodged a complaint with Southend Council against Mr Cox, who is a contender to replace Nigel Holdcroft as Tory leader in May, after seeing the blog.

He also voiced concerns over Mr Cox calling him a “bared faced liar” in several blog posts covering disagreements the pair had about a public meeting in December, although he made no official complaint.

Mr Cox has sinced changed the title of his blog posts from Bare Faced Liars to Correcting Inaccuracies.

After reviewing the complaint, John Williams, the council’s monitoring officer, said he did not condone Mr Cox making the personal comments, but defended the councillor’s right to freedom of speech.

Mr Lovett is now considering further action.

He said: “I think it is a very sad day for Southend, when the code of ethics and conduct for council employees and elected councillors, falls very short of the codes imposed by my mother.”

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9:38am Sat 15 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Awwww poor Mr Lovatt, sounds like a regular poster on here, overly sensitive, self righteous, po faced bed wetter unable to cope with one or two home truths when they come bouncing back.

Having been beaten once he is now is now considering further action.

Sounds familiar - keep banging on and on and on despite getting beaten at each and every turn.

Probably some sort of masochist deep down.

He's 76 and wibbling on about the codes imposed by his mother - in the last century?

Blimey, we've moved on a bit since then mate.

That said, once you know who crawls out from under his bridge, he's bound to agree with the silly old sod.
Awwww poor Mr Lovatt, sounds like a regular poster on here, overly sensitive, self righteous, po faced bed wetter unable to cope with one or two home truths when they come bouncing back. Having been beaten once he is now is now considering further action. Sounds familiar - keep banging on and on and on despite getting beaten at each and every turn. Probably some sort of masochist deep down. He's 76 and wibbling on about the codes imposed by his mother - in the last century? Blimey, we've moved on a bit since then mate. That said, once you know who crawls out from under his bridge, he's bound to agree with the silly old sod. RochfordRob
  • Score: -3

12:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Awwww poor Mr Lovatt, sounds like a regular poster on here, overly sensitive, self righteous, po faced bed wetter unable to cope with one or two home truths when they come bouncing back.

Having been beaten once he is now is now considering further action.

Sounds familiar - keep banging on and on and on despite getting beaten at each and every turn.

Probably some sort of masochist deep down.

He's 76 and wibbling on about the codes imposed by his mother - in the last century?

Blimey, we've moved on a bit since then mate.

That said, once you know who crawls out from under his bridge, he's bound to agree with the silly old sod.
I like that word "wibbling"... I'll remember that one and use it. Thanks ;0)
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Awwww poor Mr Lovatt, sounds like a regular poster on here, overly sensitive, self righteous, po faced bed wetter unable to cope with one or two home truths when they come bouncing back. Having been beaten once he is now is now considering further action. Sounds familiar - keep banging on and on and on despite getting beaten at each and every turn. Probably some sort of masochist deep down. He's 76 and wibbling on about the codes imposed by his mother - in the last century? Blimey, we've moved on a bit since then mate. That said, once you know who crawls out from under his bridge, he's bound to agree with the silly old sod.[/p][/quote]I like that word "wibbling"... I'll remember that one and use it. Thanks ;0) Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

1:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Oh good, my comment must have touched a nerve. Two anonymous thumbs down and a little note from the moderator to say someone was 'upset'

Aw diddums. Tell you what, I'll set up a shrine with some teddies and candles and you can all share your mawkish faux outrage and 'concern' around that.

Grow up for goodness sake.

If that old boy is as old as he claims his mother surely must have instilled in him 'Sticks & stones' etc

My mother did.

Thank God.

I'm going off to cry because that howibble Mr Laugh thaid nathsty thingths

Boo hoo.
Oh good, my comment must have touched a nerve. Two anonymous thumbs down and a little note from the moderator to say someone was 'upset' Aw diddums. Tell you what, I'll set up a shrine with some teddies and candles and you can all share your mawkish faux outrage and 'concern' around that. Grow up for goodness sake. If that old boy is as old as he claims his mother surely must have instilled in him 'Sticks & stones' etc My mother did. Thank God. I'm going off to cry because that howibble Mr Laugh thaid nathsty thingths Boo hoo. RochfordRob
  • Score: -1

1:52pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Who ate all the bicuits
Who ate all the bicuits Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -1

2:18pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Steve H says...

So Mr Lovett is against something that could save many Shoebury homes, he then bad mouths the Councillor responsible and gets upset when the Councillor bites back?

I agree the Councillor shouldn't bite back, but Mr Lovett, those in glass houses etc. eh?
So Mr Lovett is against something that could save many Shoebury homes, he then bad mouths the Councillor responsible and gets upset when the Councillor bites back? I agree the Councillor shouldn't bite back, but Mr Lovett, those in glass houses etc. eh? Steve H
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Sat 15 Feb 14

emcee says...

Steve H wrote:
So Mr Lovett is against something that could save many Shoebury homes, he then bad mouths the Councillor responsible and gets upset when the Councillor bites back?

I agree the Councillor shouldn't bite back, but Mr Lovett, those in glass houses etc. eh?
Hardly a bite back. More like childish name calling. Those who have to resort to call their adversaries names show they have huge insecurities when confronting their differences. Besides, Mr Cox is a councillor, he should have the ability to put his point accross without resorting to personal insults, especially when he complains when the boot is on the other foot. Mr Cox regularly shows he is not fit for purpose and he would do well to remember that most people in politics are "here today, gone tomorrow".
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: So Mr Lovett is against something that could save many Shoebury homes, he then bad mouths the Councillor responsible and gets upset when the Councillor bites back? I agree the Councillor shouldn't bite back, but Mr Lovett, those in glass houses etc. eh?[/p][/quote]Hardly a bite back. More like childish name calling. Those who have to resort to call their adversaries names show they have huge insecurities when confronting their differences. Besides, Mr Cox is a councillor, he should have the ability to put his point accross without resorting to personal insults, especially when he complains when the boot is on the other foot. Mr Cox regularly shows he is not fit for purpose and he would do well to remember that most people in politics are "here today, gone tomorrow". emcee
  • Score: 8

4:27pm Sat 15 Feb 14

stonybrig says...

Have got to agree with all that rochford rob said
Dont love lovatt!!
Have got to agree with all that rochford rob said Dont love lovatt!! stonybrig
  • Score: -1

4:35pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Steve H says...

emcee wrote:
Steve H wrote:
So Mr Lovett is against something that could save many Shoebury homes, he then bad mouths the Councillor responsible and gets upset when the Councillor bites back?

I agree the Councillor shouldn't bite back, but Mr Lovett, those in glass houses etc. eh?
Hardly a bite back. More like childish name calling. Those who have to resort to call their adversaries names show they have huge insecurities when confronting their differences. Besides, Mr Cox is a councillor, he should have the ability to put his point accross without resorting to personal insults, especially when he complains when the boot is on the other foot. Mr Cox regularly shows he is not fit for purpose and he would do well to remember that most people in politics are "here today, gone tomorrow".
The problem with most Councillors is that they want to be MP's, they watch Prime Minister's Questions every week and wish they were there, they also see the childish insults that are thrown and believe it's their right to follow in those steps.

By the sounds of it both Mr Lovett and Mr Cox need a playground to sort out their problems.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: So Mr Lovett is against something that could save many Shoebury homes, he then bad mouths the Councillor responsible and gets upset when the Councillor bites back? I agree the Councillor shouldn't bite back, but Mr Lovett, those in glass houses etc. eh?[/p][/quote]Hardly a bite back. More like childish name calling. Those who have to resort to call their adversaries names show they have huge insecurities when confronting their differences. Besides, Mr Cox is a councillor, he should have the ability to put his point accross without resorting to personal insults, especially when he complains when the boot is on the other foot. Mr Cox regularly shows he is not fit for purpose and he would do well to remember that most people in politics are "here today, gone tomorrow".[/p][/quote]The problem with most Councillors is that they want to be MP's, they watch Prime Minister's Questions every week and wish they were there, they also see the childish insults that are thrown and believe it's their right to follow in those steps. By the sounds of it both Mr Lovett and Mr Cox need a playground to sort out their problems. Steve H
  • Score: -1

1:17am Sun 16 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

These overfed oafs need to forget the bame calling and get on with actually servingethe people they allegedly represent
These overfed oafs need to forget the bame calling and get on with actually servingethe people they allegedly represent Howard Cháse
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