Cllr Sharma smiled gamely for my photo at the end of the Education, Leisure and Childrenâ€™s Social Services Standing Scrutiny Panel tonight. It was his first appearance at a council meeting since 9th October when he turned up an hour late for a council meeting and hung around for about 5 minutes. Tonight he dutifully turned up at 7pm and stayed on until the end of the meeting at 9.30pm. By turning up 6 days before he was due to be struck off Sharma effectively earned Â£4,500 (the maths goes like this: the basic councillors allowance is Â£9,000 so six months worth is Â£4,500). That is the equivalent of Â£1,800 per hour. The only people who earn money like that are very spiffy barristers and Sharma really isn’t in that league.
I only turned up shortly after 8pm – I am not on the panel I was only there to harass my MP. I had hoped that Sharma would get some stick but I guess that there wasn’t much hope of that as this panel is chaired by Cllr Julian Bell who also happens to be on Sharma’s Parliamentary pay roll, working on his casework, etc – ventriloquists and dummies springs to mind.