There is advice that, as this was investigated in 2011, it would not be a good use of public money, but the problem is that very few councillors have seen the 2011 report, or know what happened with any recommendations it might have made.
Council staff were affected by this incident, one of them so severely that it resulted in a nervous breakdown, yet there is an apparent expectation that councillors will be able to make a decision on circumstances about which they know little.
It may well be that there is no need to spend more money on another investigation, but it’s impossible to tell without full disclosure of existing knowledge.
And without the information, it can’t be properly understood why this aspect of Sean Bell’s behaviour and that of what might be called his protectors was not included in the first report from Susanne Tanner QC.
The report to today’s council meeting also mentions of details of this so-called “old boys network” at the heart of the social work department which covered up allegations of wrong-doing, but again councillors have not seen any details and are only being told that a further recommendation will be produced at some point.
These investigations are costing around a million pounds and the full truth must come out.