The anonymous, self important blogger, Newmarket Town Hall Watch, is Newmarket’s bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau.
Like the famous fictional detective, Newmarket Town Hall Watch is inept and incompetent. But unlike Clouseau, he never stumbles by accident on the truth, solving the mystery.
NTHW accuses me of inventing stories. He (let’s call the blogger he) declaims with absolute certainty that I have “found to be literally making up the news”.
Now, getting into his stride, he brands me a “now disgraced blogger”. He warns that what I write in my blog “needs to be taken with a rather large grain of salt”.
As I am tap, tap, tapping this out I have alongside a letter addressed to me from York Regional Police, dated 6 March 2014.
The relevant section reads:
“Due to the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we are not in a position to comment on the substance of the investigation. We can advise, however, that the investigation has been concluded and our file is closed.”
I followed this up and was advised:
“There were no charges laid in this matter.”
Newmarket Town Hall Watch, who treasures his credibility and his reputation for detail, mistakenly refers to my blog of 5 March 2014. (Oops! A trivial point. Just one day out!)
He also cautions his readers
“to be mindful of the credibility controversy with Mr Prentice’s blogs (as I have been contending all along)”
I take this as a reference to the statement made to the Era newspaper by Maddie Di Muccio, withdrawing any suggestion that she believed Stephen Somerville was behind the infamous YouTube ad which portrayed her as a scheming opportunist.
The fact that the Era chose not to publish the story does not mean the exchange did not take place.
I have incontrovertible proof that it did.
I leave it to Newmarket’s very own Clouseau to investigate further and report back to his credulous readers.