The bumper Christmas edition of Wirral View has landed . A bumper edition consisting of 24 particularly pisspoor pages .
We can’t help feeling that articles titled “ Drink Less, Enjoy More” and ” Tips To Avoid Scammers” should be directed towards a certain Labour councillor and his spouse and the ‘leader’ of Wirral Council respectively.
We have to say that the Wirral Conservatives picture to accompany the posting on their website decrying the Christmas edition of Wirral View is pure comedy gold
The full article reads :
Residents are now being asked to sign for receipt of Wirral Council’s controversial newspaper, ‘Wirral View’, when it is delivered.
As a further sign of the troubled delivery of the newspaper, the Town Hall has also compiled a list of ‘VIPs’ who must receive it and sign for it, including councilors.
One of the Councillors who was told she is on the ‘VIP List’ is Councillor Wendy Clements, in Greasby.
Councillor Clements said: “Wirral View gets more ridiculous as time goes on. To have a ‘VIP List’ of people who the Town Hall think are important and must receive it, whatever the weather, is a sign of how out of touch they have become.
“The only ‘very important people’ as far as this newspaper is concerned are the people who are paying £270,000 a year for it – the residents and taxpayers. Half the Borough doesn’t receive it and many of the rest don’t want it. The best Christmas present that the Labour Council could give us would be to scrap it.” Wirral View Goes VIP
As you can see from the picture above Cllr Wendy Clements has got her glum face on – and who can blame her ? It’s straight out of popular Facebook page Angry People in Local Newspapers only in this particular case it’s more People Angry About Local Newspapers.
And finally (as once again they say on the telly) to follow up last week’s Wirral View story here’s a response from our regular commentator ‘ The Prof’ which was not published by the Wirral Globe following the letter from a certain Chris Noble asking for suggestions for alternative uses for the wretched rag. Deja View
I agree with Mr. Noble in the last Globe: we should find positive usesfor ‘Wirral View’. I have found two. Firstly it is fun to spot and test all the false performance claims made by the council. The October / November issue claimed that ‘closer working [Safer Wirral initiative] has already led to an 11% reduction in anti-social behaviour across Wirral’. Using a Freedom of Information Act request I obtained the ASB incident data from 2012 to 2017.The improved ‘working together’ period covered 2016 onwards. ASB fell duringthis period but it had been falling steadily since 2013.’Working together’ did notaffect the rate of fall. This is not surprising since the list of 12 ‘actions’ providedis purely administrative not street focused.Wirral View also claimed a £50,000 saving on emergency services in 2017 fromthese anti-ASB actions. Surely a good result? But the savings related to stoppinghigh numbers of emergency calls from just TWO people. One was demented andput in a care home! The other was mentally ill and they changed his medicine!This was about sick, vulnerable, people seeking help, not ASB and crime reduction.Wirral View is full of such amusing alternative facts …it is surely a treasure.Secondly Mr. Noble suggests using Wirral View to wrap fish and chips. Here is another thought. When I was a kid in Liverpool we could not afford toilet paper and used the Echo.The paper quality of Wirral View is far superior to the Echo and in these days of austerity it can be pressed into use instead. Thank you Wirral Council and keep up the crap work.Professor D P Gregg (retired)P.S. On 04.09.17 the Globe reported a 38% fall in ASB ‘across Wirral’ due to the above activities. My FOI request answer was that this was ‘incorrect data’ in the press release you quoted. Apparently the note implies, the Globe should have realised this so it was your fault really for publishing false information! By the way the 38% applied to Frank Field’s (Beirut) Birkenhead but it is also based on flawed statistical data.