I was shocked when I turned to page 22 of the Daily Mirror today, as it posed the question "Is this the baddest Council in Britain?". Here is the full article -
"Is this the baddest council in Britain?
EXCLUSIVE Child porn, dodgy websites, drink driving, junketing..
By Rosa Prince Political Correspondent 20/08/2007
A lib Dem-run council hit by a string of scandals has been branded the baddest in Britain.
A candidate was jailed for child porn, one councillor runs an adults-only website, and a former deputy mayor was accused of aiding terrorists - a claim she denies.
Another member of Southwark council is a convicted drink-driver.
And the local authority was also slammed for spending £300,000 a year on food and drink at meetings.
Former candidate Karl Lindon, 26, was jailed for three years in May for having 2,500 indecent images of children on his PC.
He canvassed for the party but pulled out of the 2006 local elections at the last minute.
Councillor Paul Baichoo is a glamour photographer who runs Urbanbuddha.com featuring pictures of scantily-clad women.
He said on another site: "I've been a male escort." Baichoo did not comment last night.
Eliza Mann, an ex-Lib Dem mayor, was accused by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence of having links to a group that raises funds for the Tamil Tigers. She denied the accusation, and said: "I campaign for the independence of the Tamil people in a peaceful way." Police confirmed she was not being investigated.
Denise Capstick, the South London council's head of health services, was recently fined £500 for drink driving and given an 18-month ban. But Lib Dem council leader Nick Stanton said she did not need to resign as "she didn't crash".
One resident said: "This lot are a complete shower."
The national Liberal Democrat Party said: "We have no comment about any of this."