Sorry to stray off topic, but I have seen a situation where it was councillors who appeared to attempt to hinder residents rights to free speech. I do not know whether a complaint was made to the Monitoring Officer. On previous occasions, when complaints were made because Councillors did not adhere to the Code of Conduct, the whole council was given training. This was very expensive and the council (i.e. the rate payers) had to pay for it. Residents are paying twice. As well as suffering the effects of the councillors' bad behaviour, residents are also paying for the training, which does not appear to have been very successful. I can understand why residents don't consider it worth the time and effort and aggravation involved in making a complaint, and so often, especially now that there is next to no local reporting, councillors just get voted in again, or are elected with no opposition, as no-one else wants to do it. Also, a lot of damage can be done between elections.