So – Charles Adje is finally going. As the Ham & High reports:
CONTROVERSIAL finance chief Cllr Charles Adje has sensationally quit his cabinet position after months of fending off attacks from the public and opposition parties.
Cllr Adje, who was leader of the council in 2004 and 2005, has faced months of mud-slinging including:
o a Standards Board hearing which found him guilty of disclosing confidential information
o criticism in two official reports about his actions as chairman of the board at Alexandra Palace
o questions on how he dealt with council finances after £37million was lost in failed Icelandic banks…
Cllr Robert Gorrie, Lib Dem leader, said: “In recent years Cllr Adje has been part of a Labour administration that has cost residents millions and left Haringey with one if the highest council tax rates in London.
“It has taken the bungled sell-off of Ally Pally, £37million lost in Icelandic Banks and massively overspent IT projects for the Labour group to realise that this list of failure is too long for local residents to endure any longer.”
Labour councillor Alan Stanton, who has often criticised his colleague’s actions, said: “He should have stepped down yesterday and stepped down from the council altogether. He has proven beyond any doubt that he has no judgement and carries on making mistakes, one after the other.
Wish we had better quality statements from not just the media but also Councillors. It has been made clear this week that the position with the money deposited in Icelandic banks is not yet confirmed lost, and indeed at least 60% of the deposits is expected to be recovered from one of them.