PUBLIC EYE: Open war was declared by the mayor and the media on Ms Miller.
PUBLIC EYE: Open war was declared by the mayor and the media on Ms Miller. Jonathan Reichard

Sceptical over past treatment of Miller

AS A two-times failed candidate in a council election, I understand how the wannabes for mayor feel when running against an experienced, sitting councillor.

However, when you decide to get inside the ropes, you have to accept you have to work harder as you do not have the toolbox of contacts, media, knowledge and interaction with businesses and authorities acquired over time by the sitting member.

When circumstances change drastically, as in Ipswich, we have to look back and see how that toolbox was used, and if it was used ethically.

I'm on the record for asking what was the issue when Jo-Ann Miller wanted to centralise police communications away from Ipswich as I believed all essential services should be within arm's length for a quicker response time.

But, as we witnessed, an open war was declared by the mayor and the media on Ms Miller in allegedly one of the most vindictive, vile and personal attacks ever seen in my time in this great city.

Yes, politics is tough and when you're inside the ropes that comes with the territory, but when attacks extended to family and even down to a jeans belt, I think we in Ipswich deserved better balanced journalism.

Time has moved on, editors change, circumstances change, as well as the political landscape.

I get very sceptical when I see politicians and media combining to close down an individual from doing his or her job with such venom, so I believe this issue should be investigated so we, the punters, can be sure we have no skeletons that may revisit us.

WAYNE OFFER

Thagoona



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