Frankenfield : Our Lord Of The Realm

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Caption competition : Provide a caption for the picture above and win an OBE!

 

You may or may not be pleased to hear the news that His Lord and Ladyship are finally free from shielding and have now emerged slightly dishevelled and gin soaked from their castle cellar.

So imagine our delight to discover that friend of Wirral Leaks the Right (Wing) Honourable Frank Field has had an upgrade and has finally joined our ranks. Well, not quite. We have an hereditary peerage which we bought from a reputable site on the interweb and  therefore we think  a cut above a dissolution peerage for life. Whilst we don’t know whether you have to be dissolute to receive this accolade we do do know it can only be a matter of time before Lord Field of the Foodbanks eventually out-nobles us. However we understood he won’t be happy until he gets a sainthood! Having said that he will absolutely love the robes – even though, as Her Ladyship said , red is soooo not his colour!

However judging by the nominations it seems to be a case of Bojo’s Bonus for the former Labour Brexiteer Boys and Girls –

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This particular list led us to dwell further upon the associated matters of favouritism , elitism, hierarchy, privilege and untouchability. Something that Frankenfield was well acquainted with during his days as ‘Lording it’ over his personal realm as the MP for Birkenhead. We have long held the view that often titles, awards and accolades are often  establishment-approved means of bestowing power,prestige and protection from criticism or accountability. Whilst we won’t belatedly wade into the statues debate we will state for the record that we would like to see this peerage gravy train for the alleged great and good to be scrapped along with the OBEs and the Knighthoods…

Post-Covid we can only hope it’s time to  say goodbye to the old undue deference and hello to a new meritocracy …

 


 

Pip Pops Back To The Potting Shed

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Pip didn’t see that  coming…

And so it would appear ‘The Curse of Leaky Towers’ has struck again as following on from our  Power Boy Pip Pops Back Into Public Life story we are ecstatic to report that former Wirral Council ‘leader’  Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies has dropped out of the running as Merseyside’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner after being apparently pummelled at last Thursday’s Police and Crime Panel.

The Liverpool Echo report really makes for a splendid case of schadenfreude as even former Wirral Council comrade Cllr Adrian Jones did the old ‘Et tu, Brute?…’ act describing the process by which Pip was picked to prop up Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy as ‘perverse’. Well,yes, quite…

Hilariously Pip suddenly came to realise that he couldn’t do the job ‘Justice’ (no change there then!) – Let’s face it Pip wouldn’t know the meaning of the word . However we do and this looks a little bit like it to us!…

And so it’s back to retirement for Pip. We can only hope for the wellbeing of the people of Wirral that he continues to self isolate in his potting shed long after the coronavirus lockdown has ceased…

Now,  how about after this little episode of ‘justice delayed’ Wirral councillors consider more closely the appointment of Cllr George Davies as Wirral’s first citizen and Mayor? We’ll be giving them plenty of reason to do so as our curse will not be lifted for some time to come for, as far as we’re concerned,  if ever an appointment is ‘perverse’ it is this one…

 

 

 

Power Boy Pip Pops Back Into Public Life

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With His Lord and Ladyship in lockdown we thought this week would be as good as ever for a resurrection of  Wirral Leaks especially on the eve of our old fiend ex-Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies being shoehorned into another ill-fitting (non) role as Deputy Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner to the outgoing Commissioner Jane Kennedy.

We can’t help thinking that at £32K + for 3 days a week of ‘work’ it’s a case of nice work if you can get it and you can get it even when you’ve vowed to retire from public life to spend more time with the family and you were a monumental failure as a ‘leader’ of Wirral Council.

But then this is Murkyside where nepotism and dubious allegiances have long been the order of the day. However for us Pip always stood for everything that is wrong in local politics – compromised, collusive, cowardly and corruptible (other ‘c’ words are available).

With Pip’s confirmation before the Police and Crime Panel tomorrow being a mere formality we’ll be marking the momentous/horrendous event with a reminder of why we think this appointment is not only beyond irony but deeply depressing for those of us who have longed for an end to our dysfunctional local oligarchy. 

Indeed tomorrow’s post will be a prelude to a our serialisation of the long running ‘Wirralgate’ saga in which Pip played a major part in what we believe to be a monumental cover up of misconduct in public office. At last we have been given the go ahead to publish the  police records, court reports and emails which detail the complicity of the press and the police , the docility of councillors and the duplicity of politicians and council officials which has allowed those who have abused their power to continue to undeservedly thrive in public life.

 

 

Christmas Felicitations From Wirral Leaks : The Ghosts of Christmas Past

To mark our last Christmas broadcast from Leaky Towers we thought we’d bring you a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ special and recall some of our previous festive greetings.  After all isn’t Christmas not only about tradition but about  repeats on the telly and from various body  parts?

First up we bring you this heartwarming pic from 2011 where we see Cllr Steve Foulkes aka Foulkesy doing what he does best – bringing comfort and joy whenever, sorry, wherever he goes. Only he doesn’t go does he? Locally he remains the living proof of the international and national trend that people will put politicians in power even when they’re proven liars…

Talking of liars – he we have Foulkesy’s chum and soon to be Mayor of Wirral Cllr George Davies proving once and for all that old adage that politics is showbiz for ugly people

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Of course Davies was once the ultimate Satan’s Little Helper when he was the electoral agent for Frank Field – the former MP for Birkenhead. However much like his mate Foulkesy this wretched elf ditched Frankenfield when they saw that the writing was on the wall for the latter’s political career and they are both now feigning support for all things Corbyn and the union -backed new MP for Birkenhead, Mick Whitley. This means   they can continue to ride on the coat tails of local power and influence much as they have done for decades.

And finally the man himself who for so many years presided over his personal political domain safe in the knowledge that Birkenhead was one of the safest Labour seats in the country , which , of course it remains to be to this day…

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Unfortunately for Frankenfield he had to stand as an independent at the recent General Election and the flag of convenience that was the Labour Party was no longer there to maintain him in power.  And let’s face it ,despite the promise of hanging around Birkenhead and doing his bit for ‘charidee’ that’s what it’s always been about for  Frankenfield – the power and the glory .

We can only imagine how Frankenfield must feel this Christmas  having been betrayed and  politically outmanoeuvred by his former acolytes Foulkes and Davies. But then that’s what you get when you have have sat on a throne of lies for four decades…

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Meanwhile Merry Christmas to one and all from everyone at Leaky Towers!

No Christmas Bonus

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The above leak is an extract from a ‘What’s App’ convo involving the ‘Osborne Dream Team’ . Apparently this particular nightmarish ‘Dream Team’ is based at Osborne Court* in Birkenhead which consists of  3 ‘independent supported living units’ serviced by 365 Support and funded by what was Wirral Social Services and which Wirral Council couldn’t wait to get rid of and which has consequently  been subsumed and funded by the NHS (or more accurately YOU).  

*BTW this particular Osborne Court is not to be confused with Osborne Court nursing home in Port Sunlight.

Now we don’t know whether GILL BOSS is a) dead good , like b) a distant relation of Hugo or c) so insecure about her position she calls herself BOSS in BOLD.

What we also don’t know is whether the financial abuse of vulnerable people (aka a crime) was reported to the proper authorities (or in the case of Wirral – the improper authorities) . All we do know is that MS BOSS can’t spel 4 toffi …

On a serious note – all this despairing that the NHS may be up  for sale. People need to remember that  social care – the (very) poor and unloved relation of the NHS – has locally been flogged off to moneygrabbing opportunists for years. And has care improved? Has it hell as like! The number of  Wirral ‘care’ services rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’ by the regulator the Care Quality Commission is an absolute disgrace.

But then again asking for social care to be brought back into public ownership is currently on a hiding to nothing.  Having said that we do have to wonder what made the Highways Department returning to Wirral Council such a special case ? What’s more some of us also remember that thieving from the vulnerable hasn’t always been the exclusive preserve of the private sector…

A Farewell to Frankenfield

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So as the dust settles from the General Election fallout we thought we’d send a long wished for farewell to  Frankenfield! And special thanks go to one of our readers who suggested a Smiths album cover as the inspiration for a fitting tribute  both marking the end of Field’s  imperious reign as the MP for Birkenhead and the death of his political career.

Yes , whilst we acknowledge  that Angie, Ali and Maggie ensured that Wirral remains an all red peninsula we all know that the big local political story from the General Election is that the most prominent and influential  politician on Wirral for the past 4 decades has finally left the building (or rather been bundled out the emergency exit  by his former party). As we know the ex-Labour man set up his own political vanity project known to us as  Frank Field’s BS Justice Party  but officially named as the Birkenhead Social Justice Party which was supported by a rag tag of local Labour ‘rebels’ including the hopelessly devoted ever faithful factotum and new electoral agent Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ McLaughlin.

However  Field  must have known the election result was on the cards when long serving Labour Party members had been telling him they were more loyal to the  Party than to the man himself  and wouldn’t be supporting his arrogant venture and especially when his former electoral agent Cllr George Davies abandoned him for an old mucker from Vauxhall’s whilst in pursuit of his sad little ambition of becoming the next Labour Mayor of Wirral  – a position which he would have relinquished if he’d stood by his former mentor and the man who got him (and other local Labour councillors) out of many a scrape of their own making. Let’s face it it comes to something when Field has to rely on the likes of former pottymouthed Labour councillor Harry Smith for  support.

Wirral Leaks readers will know that we’ve never been a fan of the man known to us as Frankenfield (and with very good reason) and will not mourn his passing into the political wilderness . We doubt whether  Mick Whitley , his Labour successor as the MP for Birkenhead will leave behind such an enduring legacy and after Field’s glorious forty years of wallowing in poverty that can only be a good thing.

However having said all that we are certain that we haven’t heard the last of the monarch of misery. No doubt Field will be penning pity party opinion pieces  for the likes of the Daily Mail and telling everyone in the Home Counties that Labour should have listened ‘to me! me! ME!’ and how Mick and the mob from Momentum have unfairly and unceremoniously unseated him from his rightful throne.

What’s more Wirral Leaks is far from finished with Field as he’ll soon play a starring role in our outgoing series of posts which we hope may finally explain to Frankophiles why we are rejoicing that his reign in Birkenhead is finally over…

Wirral Leaks Says : Vote! Vote! Vote!

One of the reasons we’ve hung around like the fetid stench of corruption that lingers in the local corridors of power was the expectation of an impending General Election.

Now that it is election day we implore the  voters of Wirral to exercise  their democratic right . As ever we will maintain our political neutrality which is evidenced by the fact that we have been accused at various times of supporting both ends of the political spectrum.

However we will be taking a particular interest in the election result in a specific Wirral constituency. We think you can guess which one!

Therefore we intend to rouse ourselves out of our severe bout of can’t -be-arsedness brought on by a decade of political pissing in the wind and provide a full commentary on the General Election and how it could impact on the future political landscape of Wirral.

Forget the national picture for now – your vote could mean that we have the biggest political upheaval on Wirral for four decades. So use your vote wisely …

 

Wirral Leaks General Election Special – The Twelve Days of Christmas (Day Two) : #VoteNHS

Wirral Leaks proudly presents a non-party political broadcast on behalf of Defend Our NHS:

Dear friends of the NHS

No, we’re not telling you which party to vote for in the general election. We have supporters from many political parties and from none.

Our plea to you is to #VoteNHS. We assume that if you read these emails or follow our Facebook page you know enough to vote the right way to defend our NHS.

But we are asking you to help with the campaign to encourage other people to #VoteNHS.

The NHS has rightly dominated the election news. You have heard all the arguments;  no doubt when it comes to our health service you have made up your minds about which politicians are telling the truth and which are not.

Our appeal to you is to tell your friends, neighbours, family and colleagues just how important it is for everybody to #VoteNHS.

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Wirral Leaks General Election Special – The Twelve Days of Christmas (Day One)

 

As you all know Christmas comes early this year with the General Election to be held on the 12th of December. Somewhat like Christmas scenes from Leaky Towers it promises to be the traditional family festive fare featuring rows , recriminations and ill chosen presents/politicians.

So for the next twelve days we thought we’d open our own  advent calendar from hell and report on the General Election in general and the local political manoeuvring in particular.

Therefore we’d appreciate your leaks , comments and copies of flyers that are currently doing the rounds. We’ve been sent a few of the latter already – for which many thanks.

We’ve also been sent some videos . The first one –   see here  – features Mick Whitley the prospective Labour parliamentary candidate for Birkenhead  who tells us that “It’s time for real change” . And after 40 years of Frank Field misrule we think that many people in Birkenhead will get behind that particular sentiment . Now that Frankenfield is heading up his own political vanity project in the form of the Birkenhead Social Justice Party (more on that in the coming days) the Labour Party heir apparent Mick also tells us that :

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Really Mick? If that’s the case can you tell us why your video features you in deep discussion Frank Field’s former electoral agent and the current Deputy Mayor of Wirral Council, Cllr George Davies, looking particularly gorgeous in his fetching subliminal red Adidas trackie?

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Might we suggest that if you truly want ‘real change in Birkenhead’ that you disassociate yourself from this corrupt , dishonest and apparently disloyal political opportunist or whatever the outcome of the General Election it would appear that whether it’s Whitley or Field that Birkenhead will be condemned to the decline, despair and deceit that has characterised the local political landscape for the past four decades…

Wirral Leaks Halloween Sequel : The Lamentable

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Our thanks go to the Wirral Leaks reader who sent us this delightful Halloween voodoo dolly and posed the question : Let’s hope the upcoming General Election campaign is ‘stress-free’ for a certain revered and venerated local MP. Lord knows there are many local councillors who have relied on his peculiar voodoo to ‘watchover’ them over the years…” – Whoever could they mean?

As in all the best Halloween horror movies we’ve decided to resurrect Wirral Leaks from the dead to wreak havoc among Wirral’s political elite before we are run out of town by a torch-bearing angry lynch mob.

However before we go down in flames in our final act of self-immolation we need to let you know that, fear not, we’ve not been idle . Much of our time has been spent putting the finishing touches to our grand denouement and our last hurrah/despairing cry which will be a series of stories under the collective banner ‘The Scum That Run Wirral’

Yes, yes we know – we’re as  ‘poisonous’, ‘insulting’ , ‘mischievous’, and ‘caustic’ as ever. But at least we’re consistent and not afflicted with the modern day curse of selective snowflakery. Let’s face it we’d never get a job with the Local Government Association (LGA) who could run masterclasses in mealymouthness.

The latest example can be found in a report which has just been published or rather buried deep on the Wirral Council website :Screen Shot 2019-10-31 at 20.24.55.png

The full report can be read here Planning Improvement Peer Challenge.

Many of the issues it reports will be familiar to readers of Wirral Leaks however we’d be using more pithy and earthier words than ‘lamentable’ (borrowed from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) to describe Wirral Council’s notoriously appalling Planning Department and the lack of political will, vision or leadership which has left Wirral without a Local Plan for nearly two decades . Read this assessment and weep:

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And there’s more where this came from

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And although it must be said that we are somewhat more discordant and desafinado how’s this for singing our song?

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Meanwhile whilst we know that many of those on Wirral (and beyond) who have power or who seek power have seen us as the ‘darkside’ conversely we think we’ve actually been shining a light on the ‘darkside’ and we will continue to do so until ‘the dying of the light’…