There would be every few people who haven’t told a fib to protect a friend, even if it’s just to protect their feelings.
But the lie Adelaide Hills Mayoral candidate Leone Taylor told the Adelaide Hills Council two years ago is in a different category all together.
With the benefit of hindsight she probably regrets being involved in the spur of the moment decision two years ago which resulted in a ratepayer’s private email correspondence to council arriving in her laptop.
Lapses of sound judgment happen.
We are not all perfect.
However, what happened after that was a premeditated and calculated decision by Ms Taylor to tell an untruth to an authority.
That takes things to an entirely different level.
Regardless of who pressed the send button on the iPad, in the face of an official investigation Ms Taylor concocted a story about how the transfer came about and then sent it in an email.
Ms Taylor confirmed to The Courier last week she was the author of the email containing the concocted story that was anonymously leaked to this newspaper and openly admitted the explanation was not true.
Ms Taylor is not standing for Prime Minister but she is a candidate for Mayor, a position of enormous responsibility and high standing in the community.
Mayors should respect both privacy and the truth at all times, even in the face of pressure.
Questioning whether candidates meet these standards is in the public interest.
To say that the admission now casts a stain over her Mayoral election campaign is an understatement.
Her campaign woes are also compounded by the way her Back to Basics group has presented rate rise information.
To say that the average rate rise has been 6.3% per annum in the past four years according to the last annual report – without mentioning the report was from 2012/13 and goes back to 2009/10 and two years of the previous council – misrepresents the facts.
The Back to Basics team also used incorrect figures to arrive at its claims that rates are spiralling out of control, mistakenly using the rise in rate income not the rise in rates.
A bad week for Back to Basics.
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