A British councillor came under fire Tuesday after being caught using an alias to praise his own work on the local newspaper's website.
The Daily Echo in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England, decided to name and shame Ben Grower after he posted comments under several names. He admitted using false names but said it was a legitimate way to put his views across. In one post, about plans to build Europe's first artificial reef nearby, Grower wrote: "At least two councillors seem to be concerned about this mess. Well done councillors Ratcliffe and Grower."
In another, he praised himself among other "councillors who care about their residents" over a planning matter.
"As far as I am concerned this has and always will be a legitimate means of making comments," the councillor said in an email to colleagues.
"It is perfectly legitimate to use pseudonyms as indeed many others do."
But councillor Claire Smith said: "Things like this cannot happen or the trust breaks down between councillors and members of your ward (area)."