It started with this tweet on Thursday from the Yorkshire Post’s former crime reporter.
And so there was.
An extraordinary story about the insolvency of Ms Joseph, the city’s investment and tourism chief, which was Gazetted on 29th April and annulled on 5th June after bankruptcy debts to HMRC and expenses were “either paid in full or to the satisfaction of the court”.
Worth a read.
Now, maybe I’ve got it wrong, but this is a story that’s of interest to people in Leeds, isn’t it?
I mean, we provide the bulk of Leeds and Partners’ income and if anybody’s interested in the doings of Leeds council, it’s us.
It’s the kind of thing you’d expect your local media to cover.
So far there’s nothing – nothing from the Yorkshire Post, who broke the story about Ms Joseph’s “five-star lifestyle” this time last year, and followed up by reporting both on the inquiry launched in October into allegations of bullying against the L&P boss, and on the news released last Christmas Eve that Ms Joseph had been cleared.
It’s their story. Why have they dropped it?
And the BBC?
But they haven’t reported anything this time either.
Maybe both of them feel that the latest developments aren’t newsworthy.
I’m a big fan of both, but there’s a problem here.
We’ve got the Information Commissioner telling the council in Leeds that the public has a “right to know” … but what’s the use of that right to know when nobody (apart from Private Eye) is going to publish?
If you want to see the rest of the Private Eye article, you could always go out and buy a copy. Or check the Twitter timeline of the public-spirited @culturevultures.
I’ve asked the council if they have any comment to make on it. I’ll write something if and when they respond.