“The board broke its own equal opportunity rules.”

According to a BBC report, the Northern Ireland Policing Board spent £200,000 fighting a fair employment tribunal ruling only to, eventually, settle out of court under a confidentiality agreement.  The case had been brought by journalist Chris Ryder.  From the BBC report

However, Mr Ryder said he feels justified in breaking the terms because of “the gross misuse of public money”.

“The board broke its own equal opportunity rules. It manipulated the election process to discriminate against me,” he said.

“They destroyed the paperwork. They didn’t keep proper records. And then they fought this all the way for five years including to the appeals court.

“To me that’s a complete justification for the criticism of the way they do their business, of the absolutely profligate way in which they deal with public money.”

Clearly it’s just another “delicate” fragile flower…

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  • Any accountant like to volunteer how the £200k will be shown in the annual accounts?

  • wild turkey


    5 OtherExpenditure
    5a Other Operating Costs
    Line item: Human Rights and Equality Monitoring

    they wouldn’t just disguise it under other costs now would they? or would they?

  • Cynic2

    And lets not forget the basic issue. They manipulated the process to keep Chris Ryder out on political grounds, This wasn’t a mistake – it was wilful.

    What have the auditors done about this? Who has been surcharged?

  • wee buns

    Chris Ryder: he has been consistent in his principles. He’s a former police authority member and of course his expert (critical) voice is not welcome.

  • Cynic2

    What we really want to know on this one is WHY the Board broke its rules, WHO decided they should be broken and WHY was all the paperwork destroyed.

    Another little NI scandal.

  • Mick Fealty

    I will check it out…

  • wee buns

    ”The board also had to pay Ryder’s court costs of almost £12,000 after they went to the Court of Appeal to try and stop the case going to the Fair Employment Tribunal.”

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/policing-boards-150000-legal-fees-bill-was-reckless-16007385.html#ixzz1OIzvVPNs

    I’m not sure if this is the same Chris Ryder (former police authority member & author of ”RUC, 1922-97: A Force Under Fire”) but below is an article from 2005 after unionist withdrawal of support from the Belfast policing partnerships, where Ryder says that ”unionist support for law and order was always guided by political considerations.”


  • It’s the same Chris Ryder, wee buns. The story told by McCaffrey is a little more complex; it ignores the impact of untruthful news reporting.

  • Thanks wild turkey

    Will the accounts be qualified given it appears to be expenditure arising out of misconduct?

  • Can we believe anything the BBC tells us anymore?

    They told us that Iris did wrong – how wrong they were.

  • wee buns

    Very interesting, thanks Nevin…..
    Presumably Chris Ryger is protected under (the new as in Jan ‘11) whistleblower legislation.

  • Very interesting, thanks Nevin…..
    Presumably Chris Ryger is protected under (the new as in Jan ‘11) whistleblower legislation.
    ” …. wee buns 4 June 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Speak the truth [even as you know it] and you will always have the protection of the law and the people, or it will fall and be exposed as a fraud and scam with no place in society for its crooked administrators.

    Nowadays, does graft and corruption in any place have nowhere to hide for it is increasingly easy to share what you know about anything, and anonymously if you so wish, with everyone with these new internetworking tools which have misdeeds outed for all to see/read in blogs,tweets,video and audio capture on mobile phones and other popular electronic devices etc etc.

    The world has changed, and to imagine that you can do anything without anyone finding out about it, is to render oneself a deluded fool and useless tool heading for a fall from grace and favour.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Chris Ryder’s article is 100% factual. Of course, he may be considered biased for daring to point out that men who say to police officers things like “don’t come running to me if they burn you out of your houses” may have a less than complete commitment to the rule of law.