Letters extra : Who vets who?
"It is not the function of the county council to vet its members who have been put forward for higher office", which presumably included soon-to-be-leader, county councillor Henry Edward Millar Smith.
Am I therefore given to understand that it is not the function of top 'non-political' local government officers to "vet" top political local government councillors, especially those seeking the highest political appointment in this county as Leader of the West Sussex County Council?
I think it should be one of their critical functions - or else, for example, the independence of officers can become dangerously over compromised by politically driven councillors, who may act against the interests of those they purport to represent. nbsp;