Councillor played games in debate

CARD GAME: Fran Oborski playing solitaire during a county council meeting.

CARD GAME: Fran Oborski playing solitaire during a county council meeting.

First published in News

A COUNCILLOR has been caught playing the wrong hand after taking out her iPad for a game of solitaire during council meetings.

Liberal Fran Oborski has been spotted playing the card game on the tablet at Worcestershire County Council meetings.

While members have been discussing items such as the 2014/15 budget and controversial Hartlebury incinerator, Mrs Oborski has been busy matching up cards in a bid to win the popular game.

In a photo sent in by a resident, during the meeting to discuss the waste plant – which was given the go-ahead – Mrs Oborski can be seen on her iPad playing Solitaire.

She voted against the incinerator, however, and told The Shuttle: “I played solitaire because I was absolutely confident with how I was going to vote.”

Mrs Oborski also defended her actions during the budget meeting, adding most of the councillors used the tablet during meetings to send emails.

“It was about half an hour at the end of the council meeting,” she added.

Mrs Oborski is also a Wyre Forest district councillor for Offmore and Comberton, after being elected to the authority about 40 years ago.

She is also chairman of the authority and was elected to the role last May, taking over from outgoing chairman, Conservative Stephen Clee.

Worcestershire County Council said Mrs Oborski could have paid for the tablet with her ICT allowance, which covers the cost of equipment.

A spokesman for the authority, said: “When arranging the purchase of computer equipment for councillors (within a specified budget) the county council may provide a windows compatible tablet.

“Councillors may choose to purchase a computer directly (with a dedicated ICT allowance) which may include the purchase of an iPad.”

Comments (24)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:40am Thu 13 Mar 14

walkerno5 says...

The scandal here is in choosing to play solitaire when there are far more interesting games available.......

That said, if this doesn't annoy you, imagine if she'd got a deck of cards out and played there on the table.
The scandal here is in choosing to play solitaire when there are far more interesting games available....... That said, if this doesn't annoy you, imagine if she'd got a deck of cards out and played there on the table. walkerno5
  • Score: 32

10:12am Thu 13 Mar 14

grouchy old git says...

Typical career councillor, go to meeting, pick up attendance allowance and expenses, couldn't care less about what's being discussed!
Typical career councillor, go to meeting, pick up attendance allowance and expenses, couldn't care less about what's being discussed! grouchy old git
  • Score: 27

10:13am Thu 13 Mar 14

grouchy old git says...

Anyway, I read this over a week ago in 'Private Eye'
Anyway, I read this over a week ago in 'Private Eye' grouchy old git
  • Score: -2

11:36am Thu 13 Mar 14

jon cooper says...

I do hope our armchair game players play a better hand in the game of cards than they do in the name of democracy !
I do hope our armchair game players play a better hand in the game of cards than they do in the name of democracy ! jon cooper
  • Score: 11

11:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

GGmommy says...

"I played because I was confident how I was going to vote"

Cllr Oborski - How RUDE and selfish does this make you appear? Says it all really - you have your opinion and assume that you are in the right and can't even be BOTHERED to listen to other people and entertain their views. It is your job to play an active role in all Council meetings that you attend and vote in. How can you be aware of all the information and react accordingly...sorry I forgot that is not what you do. You know best, you dont need to hear what other people think!
"I played because I was confident how I was going to vote" Cllr Oborski - How RUDE and selfish does this make you appear? Says it all really - you have your opinion and assume that you are in the right and can't even be BOTHERED to listen to other people and entertain their views. It is your job to play an active role in all Council meetings that you attend and vote in. How can you be aware of all the information and react accordingly...sorry I forgot that is not what you do. You know best, you dont need to hear what other people think! GGmommy
  • Score: 49

12:39pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

Not only a disgrace and disrespectful, but a pathetic excuse.

Surely you are in a meeting to listen to and follow what is being said. Just because everyone else is behaving like a child is not a valid excuse to do likewise?!

Typical, selfish attitude we have come to expect from alleged representatives of the electorate.

WASTE OF SPACE !!!!!!!
Not only a disgrace and disrespectful, but a pathetic excuse. Surely you are in a meeting to listen to and follow what is being said. Just because everyone else is behaving like a child is not a valid excuse to do likewise?! Typical, selfish attitude we have come to expect from alleged representatives of the electorate. WASTE OF SPACE !!!!!!! Shibdrift
  • Score: 37

12:41pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

And what will be done about this?

Nothing.

They're all at it themselves in one way or another!
And what will be done about this? Nothing. They're all at it themselves in one way or another! Shibdrift
  • Score: 22

12:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bcfc1186 says...

I can't believe that this has come as a surprise to anyone, has it?
I can't believe that this has come as a surprise to anyone, has it? Bcfc1186
  • Score: 12

1:00pm Thu 13 Mar 14

spacedraider says...

I seen John Campion and his side kick Marcus playing Flappy birds during a tea meeting at the council towers last week.
I seen John Campion and his side kick Marcus playing Flappy birds during a tea meeting at the council towers last week. spacedraider
  • Score: 20

1:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

Talk about taking the p.....!!
Talk about taking the p.....!! Shibdrift
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

Getting paid to play games. Easy life!

I want to be a councillor.
Getting paid to play games. Easy life! I want to be a councillor. Shibdrift
  • Score: 8

2:15pm Thu 13 Mar 14

pottery1 says...

Well Shibdrift call in at the elections office at Wyre Forest District Council and pick up a nomination form, get 10 signatures on it from people that live in the ward that you want to represent, hand it back in and you can stand in the elections om May 22nd. It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple!
Well Shibdrift call in at the elections office at Wyre Forest District Council and pick up a nomination form, get 10 signatures on it from people that live in the ward that you want to represent, hand it back in and you can stand in the elections om May 22nd. It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple! pottery1
  • Score: -12

2:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

pottery1 says...

Sorry should have signed that last comment

Cllr Helen Dyke
Sorry should have signed that last comment Cllr Helen Dyke pottery1
  • Score: -15

2:19pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Green Olive says...

Lets be realistic. If you are not in the cabinet , where all the decisions are made, you have zero chance of altering council policy, so ordinary councillors might as well amuse themselves.
Lets be realistic. If you are not in the cabinet , where all the decisions are made, you have zero chance of altering council policy, so ordinary councillors might as well amuse themselves. Green Olive
  • Score: 19

2:27pm Thu 13 Mar 14

emjaypee says...

pottery1 wrote:
Well Shibdrift call in at the elections office at Wyre Forest District Council and pick up a nomination form, get 10 signatures on it from people that live in the ward that you want to represent, hand it back in and you can stand in the elections om May 22nd. It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple!
That's it try to deflect from the real issue. I think I might have taken you more seriously if you offered an opinion one way or the other... that fence you often sit on must be uncomfortable by now.
[quote][p][bold]pottery1[/bold] wrote: Well Shibdrift call in at the elections office at Wyre Forest District Council and pick up a nomination form, get 10 signatures on it from people that live in the ward that you want to represent, hand it back in and you can stand in the elections om May 22nd. It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple![/p][/quote]That's it try to deflect from the real issue. I think I might have taken you more seriously if you offered an opinion one way or the other... that fence you often sit on must be uncomfortable by now. emjaypee
  • Score: 13

3:57pm Thu 13 Mar 14

GGmommy says...

There is no surprise in the actions. It is obvious to anyone who follows Cllr Oborski's rants in the Shuttle that she is opinionated and will not consider the opinions of others unless they are in-line with her own! The surprise comes at the complacency and arrogance with which she dismisses these comments!

For a Cllr that regularly posts on here she is being remarkably quiet at the moment!!!
There is no surprise in the actions. It is obvious to anyone who follows Cllr Oborski's rants in the Shuttle that she is opinionated and will not consider the opinions of others unless they are in-line with her own! The surprise comes at the complacency and arrogance with which she dismisses these comments! For a Cllr that regularly posts on here she is being remarkably quiet at the moment!!! GGmommy
  • Score: 11

4:17pm Thu 13 Mar 14

the batshake says...

A great example of the arrogance and complacency of elected officials who feel untouchable, perhaps the good people of offmore and comberton may want to get rid of this oh so safe political embarrassment in the next election. I suppose we should think ourselves lucky it was solitaire and not online poker with our money being gambled away.......but then.......
A great example of the arrogance and complacency of elected officials who feel untouchable, perhaps the good people of offmore and comberton may want to get rid of this oh so safe political embarrassment in the next election. I suppose we should think ourselves lucky it was solitaire and not online poker with our money being gambled away.......but then....... the batshake
  • Score: 13

4:20pm Thu 13 Mar 14

the batshake says...

pottery1 wrote:
Well Shibdrift call in at the elections office at Wyre Forest District Council and pick up a nomination form, get 10 signatures on it from people that live in the ward that you want to represent, hand it back in and you can stand in the elections om May 22nd. It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple!
Not at all patronising councillor.
[quote][p][bold]pottery1[/bold] wrote: Well Shibdrift call in at the elections office at Wyre Forest District Council and pick up a nomination form, get 10 signatures on it from people that live in the ward that you want to represent, hand it back in and you can stand in the elections om May 22nd. It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple![/p][/quote]Not at all patronising councillor. the batshake
  • Score: 6

5:09pm Thu 13 Mar 14

pottery1 says...

not patronising at all, providing the facts. Shibdrift said he wanted to be a Councillor, I just gave the information on how you can go about it that's all. Some people think it costs money to stand as a candidate and this puts some people off and some think that it is much more complicated than it is. My comment was meant to be informative.

Cllr Helen Dyke
not patronising at all, providing the facts. Shibdrift said he wanted to be a Councillor, I just gave the information on how you can go about it that's all. Some people think it costs money to stand as a candidate and this puts some people off and some think that it is much more complicated than it is. My comment was meant to be informative. Cllr Helen Dyke pottery1
  • Score: -9

5:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Kiddy Echo says...

This is gold. Cheers Fran...you write the stories for us lover!!!!
This is gold. Cheers Fran...you write the stories for us lover!!!! Kiddy Echo
  • Score: 22

9:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

pottery1 wrote:
not patronising at all, providing the facts. Shibdrift said he wanted to be a Councillor, I just gave the information on how you can go about it that's all. Some people think it costs money to stand as a candidate and this puts some people off and some think that it is much more complicated than it is. My comment was meant to be informative.

Cllr Helen Dyke
Not patronising - give me a break!

Despite your own thoughts ( a first?) there are members of the electorate who can read and write!

To be honest, this is the best laugh I have had for some time. The sad thing I,s these muppets are running the place!!!

"It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple!"
It also seems you can put little into doing the job as well!?

I may need extra forms as there are plenty of teenagers who are wicked at computer games, and I am confident that they would make better councillors than some already in office!!!
;o)
[quote][p][bold]pottery1[/bold] wrote: not patronising at all, providing the facts. Shibdrift said he wanted to be a Councillor, I just gave the information on how you can go about it that's all. Some people think it costs money to stand as a candidate and this puts some people off and some think that it is much more complicated than it is. My comment was meant to be informative. Cllr Helen Dyke[/p][/quote]Not patronising - give me a break! Despite your own thoughts ( a first?) there are members of the electorate who can read and write! To be honest, this is the best laugh I have had for some time. The sad thing I,s these muppets are running the place!!! "It costs you nothing and you put as much or as little into trying to get elected as you wish - simple!" It also seems you can put little into doing the job as well!? I may need extra forms as there are plenty of teenagers who are wicked at computer games, and I am confident that they would make better councillors than some already in office!!! ;o) Shibdrift
  • Score: 5

10:36am Fri 14 Mar 14

Ole Timer says...

If Councillors cannot be trusted to act responsibly with their tax payer funded toys - their use should be banned from all meetings and the content restricted
If Councillors cannot be trusted to act responsibly with their tax payer funded toys - their use should be banned from all meetings and the content restricted Ole Timer
  • Score: 25

11:25am Tue 18 Mar 14

thatshowitis says...

Ole timer is right. At almost every council meeting you will see them texting
Ole timer is right. At almost every council meeting you will see them texting thatshowitis
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Wed 19 Mar 14

WolverleyLady says...

So where is Cllr O then when the criticism comes flying her way? Normally so vocal on these pages....silence speaks volumes!
So where is Cllr O then when the criticism comes flying her way? Normally so vocal on these pages....silence speaks volumes! WolverleyLady
  • Score: 5

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree