Eric Pickles has been accused of swearing in front of a young child. When challenged over his decision to approve the demolition of ancient woodland to make way for a quarry near Maidstone, local Lib Dems claim he called local councillor Tony Harwood a “little shit” in front of his daughter — before storming off into a curry restaurant.
A local resident described the scene, which unfolded as Pickles rushed to a champagne lunch in aid of millionaire expenses trougher Helen Grant:
“I was amazed when he swore at Tony. The whole attitude of Pickles was contemptuous. And this followed the behaviour of our MP who sat in her car rather than talk to her constituents, then scurried into the restaurant.”
And despite personally signing off on the decision, which had been “called in” by his department, Pickles did an Iain Duncan Smith and tried to blame his civil servants:
“This is nothing to do with me. It was decided by a junior official.”
Did the junior official call the councillor a “little shit” too?