Disgraced former Manningham councillor Stephen Mayne sent an email to colleagues and council staff suggesting he had a “very strong compensation case based on all these allegations of criminality” that is – to use his words – “presuming I’m not in jail early next year.”
Yes, that’s a thinly veiled threat of a defamation action. He’s such a fibber. And while Mayne has spent plenty of time behind bars, it’s not likely the Local Government Act offences with which he could be charged would see him in jail any time soon.
Some might think his regular published attacks on his fellow councillors and his slag-sheet history at the left-wing email newsletter he founded (defrauding co-founders upon exit by pocketing the proceeds for himself) would discourage him from being an enthusiastic defamation client. He’s nothing if not a sanctimonious, hypocritical scumbag. Sue that, Stephen.
Mayne told colleagues he resigned in order to focus on his ailing bid for Melbourne City Council. Of course, there’s no legal requirement for him to resign at all before seeking election to the Melbourne council, he merely did it to avoid the scrutiny of the Councillor Conduct Panel of his behaviour widely seen by municipal observers as disgraceful and unprecedented in Manningham’s history. The panel will now not hear the charges against him although the Local Government inspectorate might examine the complaints of tender-rigging and conflict-of-interest against him.
The disgraced Mayne’s past frolics in politics have not seen him soar past the dizzying heights of 4% of the vote before, and lest we forget his appalling effort with the “People Power” party which managed to disintegrate under his leadership. Mayne has been very bitter with VEXNEWS (its predecessor publication) ever since we stunningly revealed the party leader was in fact (shock, horror) a secret property developer. So grave an allegation was this seen to be that he resigned that day.
03/08/2012 11:04 AM
Hi everyone, just a quick email to let you know I’ve resigned this
morning to focus on the Melbourne campaign, effective next Monday at 5pm.
If anyone’s interested there’s a 3300 word explanation here in the
Presuming I’m not in jail early next year, I’ve been advised there is a
very strong compensation case based on all these allegations of criminality.
Looking forward to the Municipal Inspector determining the merits of the
Thanks for a memorable 4 years and look forward to staying in touch with
the sensible majority and Manningham’s fabulous management team.
Regards, Stephen Mayne