Cardiff council’s leader has been slammed by political opponents for apparently preventing members of his own group from reading his posts on Twitter.
Phil Bale has blocked other Labour councillors from viewing his profile or anything he tweets.
And among those he has blocked is one of his Labour predecessors as Cardiff council leader, Russell Goodway.
On Sunday, Lib Dem councillor Joseph Carter posted a message in which he highlighted that Coun Bale had tweeted to say a technical problem with the council website had been fixed.
Russell Goodway’s tweet
In response, Coun Goodway said he had not known the issue had been sorted as he is prevented from viewing anything Coun Bale writes on Twitter.
The long-serving Ely councillor is not the only member to be report having been blocked.
Splott councillor Gretta Marshall was blocked by Coun Bale while she was still a member of the Labour group.
She has since joined Plaid Cymru.
Robin Rea, Liberal Democrat councillor for Plasnewydd, said: “The petty squabbles within Cardiff Labour are well-known, but this is just ridiculous.
“A council leader blocking one of his own councillors is unprecedented, and it shows just how much respect Phil Bale shows for people who disagree with him.
“Labour’s infighting might seem funny on the surface, but it’s clearly having an effect on their running of our city when our streets are getting messier, our roads are crumbling and they struggle to even pass a budget without it leading to chaos.”
Coun Robin Rea
Conservative Rhiwbina councillor Jayne Cowan, a frequent Twitter user, said: “I see blocking as an absolute last resort, and only if someone is offensive or being abusive.
“Councillors should embrace social media dialogue with fellow members and not hide their posts from being viewed by everyone.”
But a Labour group spokesperson countered: “Sadly we can expect the opposition to brief a lot of this nonsense coming up to the local elections.
“The Tories will do anything not to talk about the shambles they have made of the public finances.
“Lib Dems and Plaid want to talk about social media gossip rather than the fact that under them Cardiff’s education system was ranked one of the worst in Wales.”