‘Stitched up’ by Don’t Blame The Council programme

John O'Neill
John O'Neill

THE former Labour deputy council leader John O’Neill believes the controversial ITV programme Don’t Blame The Council has set the borough back 20 years.

The one-time councillor, who was only recently made an alderman of the borough, fumed: “It has put us back 20 years. I just could not believe what I was seeing and was very disappointed at the outcome.

The programme was a disappointment for all the staff and councillors who have worked for years to improve the image of the borough. All that work was destroyed in 45 minutes

John O’Neill

“Goodness knows what ended up on the cutting room floor if that is the footage that the council accepted. There should have been far more editorial control from the town hall.

“The programme was a disappointment for all the staff and councillors who have worked for years to improve the image of the borough. All that work was destroyed in 45 minutes.

“The team that made it have concentrated on the antics and bad behaviour of people rather than the good work that is going on here.”

Conservative opposition leader Coun James Grundy said it appeared some people were “stitched up.”

He said: “From a PR point of view it has been a disaster, but we should never fear scrutiny. The title of the show is ironic as people are annoyed with the council. But it is valuable that people see what goes on with the council and we learn from it. It does seem some people were stitched up.”