For reasons unfathomable Wirral Council leader Jeff Green wants to put his under-fire highways director Dave Green in charge of a massive “change progamme” with spin doctor in chief Emma Degg as his “policy director” to bring about a fundamental step change in the council’s corporate governance – which he anticipates will be accomplished within the ludicrous time frame of three months.
The “change programme” as we all know was a reaction to the investigation by consultant Anna Klonowksi, which told us what we already know – Wirral Council’s obsession with “reputation management” over-rides every other consideration.
The problem for the hapless Green (J) is that the The Local Government Association (LGA) have seconded a few of their most ferocious rottweilers to Brighton Street to oversee the transformation of Wirral Council from basket case to something approaching normal, and have already made it clear in private conversations with well-placed and influential sources that there is absolutely no way on God’s earth they will allow this to happen.
Their view is that even the most mega-efficient and best-performing council in England could not complete such a wide-reaching “change programme” within three months, and that Wirral, which is arguably the most demented and frankly weird local authority in Britain, has not a snowball’s chance in Hell of doing it.
Especially with the aforementioned people in charge.
Watch this space.