The Dragon Says: Ms Juneja Should Show True Remorse
“And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids.”
This is how every episode of Scooby Doo, the American animated children’s show from the 1970s, ended as the young sleuths revealed the villain.
On Friday (July 3), a similar sentiment seem to be expressed, once again, by the disgraced former councillor Monika Juneja in a poorly worded, rambling response to a letter previously published in the Surrey Advertiser.
In her deluded flight of fancy she still appears to be unable to face the truth and the seriousness of crimes which she describes dismissively as “misdemeanours”.
The fact that her opponents were motivated to complain about her because they did not like her proposals for the Local Plan is, in her mind, worse than her lying, forging and pretending. Worse than embarrassing her friends, her constituents and political colleagues and worse than bringing Guildford Borough Council into disrepute.
The complainants legitimate motivation – they were quite entitled to oppose her proposals after all – is beside the point. She is the one who broke the law and broke it over many years.
It is time for her to face up to that reality. She is the guilty party in this whole sad affair, no one else. She should remember what the judge said about her public life being over and concentrate on doing her community service.
If she was writing letters and giving TV interviews only to offer apologies and show credible remorse and humility that would be one thing, it might even lead to some forgiveness, but to keep blaming the “meddling kids” is beyond the pale and continues to reflect badly on her and all those with whom she has been associated.