This silence is anything but golden

Peterborough Telegraph's Man behind the mic column by Paul Stainton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire host -
Peterborough Telegraph's Man behind the mic column by Paul Stainton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire host -
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To err is human; 
to forgive, divine and when you have dropped a right clanger an apology is always good manners.

As sure as eggs is eggs, we have all made many mistakes in our lives, none of us are perfect, but it is the way in which we correct them that defines each and every one of us, no matter who we are.

Hugh Grant was one of the biggest film stars on the planet when he was caught playing doctors and nurses early one morning in downtown Los Angeles, whilst Tiger Woods’ fondness for enjoying the odd extra round, cost him his marriage and a large slice of his fortune, yet both offered humility and showed a willingness to learn from their blunders.

Keeping “stum” is not an option in my book when you have committed a big 
“boo boo” which is why I find the council’s deafening silence over “Energy park gate” even more galling. It’s as if they want it all to slip away quietly, never to be mentioned again.

With the final nail hammered in the plan’s coffin last week, silly me was expecting a flood of remorse, contrition and even resignations.

But no, instead we got silence, zero, zilch, not one iota of regret for spending over three million pounds of your hard earned cash on absolutely nothing.

That’s right, nothing.

This was money that could have been used to fund care homes, day centres, adult social care, bus services and libraries.

Instead it has gone into the pockets of consultants and lawyers.

From the outset this was a multi million pound gamble with your council tax money that was bulldozered through the farmyards and prime 
arable land of Newborough, Thorney and Eye, with little 
regard for the families who had worked the land for decades.

The councillors who went along with this plan from former leader, Marco Cereste, should take a long hard look in the mirror and examine their conscience.

It’s easy to use somebody else’s cash to try to win big but would any councillor, who voted for this plan, have put their life savings on a donkey, at 50-1, in the 3.15 at Hexham?

There were wild claims that this idea would secure Peterborough’s energy future and that there was no 
alternative but everyone knew tariffs were likely to change and that the goal posts could easily move, but they pressed ahead.

Aren’t council officers, who are paid an inordinate amount of money for their expertise, there to ensure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen?

They were warned that it didn’t add up by the city’s MP, experts in this field and local businessmen.

This was an utter shambles and somebody should be held to account.

A full investigation is required so that the detail of what happened can come out, in all its glory.

This must not be swept 
under the carpet, lessons have to be learned to ensure this disgraceful waste of 
public money can never happen again - Money that could have done so much good in this city.

Sorry doesn’t really cut it.