An interesting fact about him, as stated on the returning officer's ballot report, is that his full name is actually Vinojan Vijayakumar. There's nothing untoward in this, of course, and Vinojan uses his full name for his business activity - he is director of Key 2 Security Solutions Ltd based in Salvington Hill, Worthing.
He's hardly secretive about the link - one of the two mobile phone numbers listed on the firm's website (www.k2ss.co.uk) is the contact number he provides with his details on both the Worthing Borough Council website and the Worthing Conservatives site. And closer examination of the records shows that the same address in South Street, Tarring, is (unsurprisingly!) home to both Vino Vinojan (councillor) and Vinojan Vijayakumar (businessman).
Worthing borough councillors are a very open and honest lot, by all accounts. Why, they even signed up to a code of conduct last summer, which includes reassuring clauses like: "Selflessness: holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their families or their friends."
Another one states: "Honesty: holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interest relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest." To help councillors be open about their private interests, there is a special register displayed on the council's website. Some of the councillors have duly filled in various details but the version we saw (and saved!) displayed, at the time of going to press, nothing but a series of blank spaces for the "Vino Vinojan" section, even the areas labelled "Any employment or business carried on by me. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation" and "Any business you carry on either part-time or full-time".
Now, this is clearly a bit of an oversight on our Tory councillor's part, as we already know that he is a director of Key 2 Security Solutions Ltd. One could argue that his private business is of little relevance to his role as a councillor - unless, that is, one happened to stumble across (and save a copy of!) another document on the council website listing Worthing Borough Council "Spend Data".
Here, under items 56833 to 56841 we find a series of council payments for "manned guards" under the heading of "community safety", adding up to more than £1,000. And the firm to which the money was paid? You guessed it: Key 2 Security Solutions Ltd - director Vinojan Vijayakumar, also known as Vino Vinojan (Con, Worthing Central). This was the Spend Data for June 2012 - the month after Vinojan was elected to the council!
We're sure there has been something of a misunderstanding here, but just in case of any tricky issues, maybe it should go before the Worthing and Adur councils' Joint Standards Committee, on which sit worthy and irreproachably upright independent individuals selected by the Joint Member Appointments Committee and its vice-chair... errr... Vino Vinojan.
TYPE the phrase "lazy, incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion" into a popular internet search engine and you get a string of news reports about East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton! Here at The Porkbolter we would never dare be so rude about our old pal Tory Tim, but it seems that official sources at the Department of Education, where he used to be a minister, have no such qualms and used the cutting phrase to describe him. According to The Daily Telegraph on January 23: "The briefing to the Spectator magazine by a Department for Education source came in retaliation for the ex-minister savaging the DfE as inefficient and bureaucratic. In evidence to the education select committee, Mr Loughton likened Mr Gove to Mr Grace, the department store owner in the TV sitcom Are You Being Served?, who barely knew the people who worked for him." The accusation of narcissism is particularly bizarre. Anybody familiar with Tim and his good works will know that "modesty" is virtually his middle name and has got him where he is today. Indeed, he told The Argus (January 22) that when, back in September, he was summoned by David Cameron to be sacked as minister, "I actually thought there was a chance I could get promoted."
Not in the case of Worthing's Ian Hart it would seem. Our story in the last Porkbolter about his strange defence of serial child abuser Jimmy Savile prompted a bizarre lashing-out. Solicitors acting on his behalf contacted well-known Worthing Tweeter and campaigner Dan Thompson threatening legal action against him, apparently on the mistaken assumption a) that he was the author of the Porkbolter piece and b) that it is somehow libellous to repeat parts of somebody's newspaper column that they subsequently wished they had never written!
Green, the shop in Victoria Road, Worthing, which kindly stocks our newsletters, also contacted us to say people claiming to be Hart's solicitors turned up and tried to take away all their copies of The Porkbolter (they didn't let them!). Altogether, not a reaction for the Broadwater undertaker to be proud of. Clearly the people of Worthing are not expected to answer back when the Great Man speaks!
It recalls: "'No More War. Damn Mosley. Fight Fascism' was written in tar on Worthing Town Hall and tar was also spread on the walls of the local fascist headquarters at 27 Marine Parade. On the night, just sixteen members of the Defence Force accompanied Mosley to the Pier Pavilion. He considerably underestimated the depth of local hostility towards him and his movement. As the meeting got underway, a crowd gathered outside that numbered several thousand by the time Blackshirts marched out in military formation. Fireworks were thrown as choruses of "Poor old Mosley's got the wind up" were sung to the tune of John Brown's Body. Mosley was struck, he retaliated and fights started that spread along the Esplanade. Blackshirts were forced to retreat to Barnes Cafe in the Arcade, a well-known BUF meeting place. The cafe was stormed, windows were broken, missiles thrown. As midnight neared, the Blackshirts tried to break out of the cafe but were spotted and attacked. A 'seething, struggling mass of howling people' poured into the road and fought each other in what has become known as the Battle of South Street."
* Any Worthing folk wanting to be part of a seething anti-fascist mass in 2013 might want to pop over to Brighton on Sunday April 21 when the modern-day Mosleys of the March for England and English Defence League will be trying to gain 'revenge' for their 2012 humiliation at the hands of the Sussex public, having also badly "underestimated the depth of local hostility" towards them! See http://brighton antifascists.wordpress.com for updates.
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