Last night I was rudely awoken from a postprandial snooze by some startling knockers.
Eldritch ran immediately to the Leaky Towers entrance where he saw a couple of figures running away into the distance. ” Fucking trick or treaters! -should I get the 12 bore M’lud. I understand that nice Mr.Cameron chap is all in favour of blasting the head off bloody burglars……”
Lady W, exasperated by the fact that her viewing of the documentary “Downton Abbey” had been interrupted, sternly interjected:
”Oh really Earnest, must we have such a commotion! I think Dear David may have had hardened criminals in mind rather than kiddies asking for sweeties…… “
“It’s a slippery slope M’am…and I should know. I started off begging for money outside Leaky Square Station with a tatty Guy Fawkes .Next thing you know I’m in a branch of NatWest wearing a balaclava and brandishing a sawn -off shotgun ….”
It was at this point that Miss Snoop espied a mysterious note lying on the parquet.Ever the one for proper decorum Lady W declared: “Eldritch – the silver salver and the tortoiseshell letter opener, if you would be so kind.”
And so with due ceremony I slipped the note from the envelope and this is what it said:
Statement from the HESPE Whistleblowers
The HESPE Whistleblowers have met with Wirral Council to express their serious concerns regarding the investigation procedure.
Mainly that the independent investigator Mr Richard Penn did not interview them or request any evidence from the Whistleblowers.
Mr Penn did state that he would need to interview the group regarding the statutory officer involvement etc. However, the Council then decided not to involve the investigator any further with the group.
We are perplexed how the Council has stated (No case to answer) we have informed Wirral Council that this cherry picking manoeuvre will be exposed.
And so it would appear another character is added to the cast of Wirral Council Cluedo.Who could be this mysterious Mr. Penn?
Quick as a flash Verity is fiddling with her i-thingy and it would appear that Richard Penn works for the organisation SOLACE Enterprises. Which, to be frank, we all thought sounded like an organisation run by a Bond villain. However according to their website:
SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector. The Society promotes public sector management excellence and provides professional development for its Members who come from all areas of the public sector. Whilst the vast majority of its members work in local government it also has members operating in senior positions in health authorities, police and fire authorities and central government. SOLACE spans all of the UK, having membership in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England.
SOLACE Enterprises is wholly owned by the Society and operates, in effect, as a “not for profit” public sector company. It provides high quality, customer-focused and practical support to local government, the public sector, and the voluntary sector, both in the UK and internationally.
Which rather makes SOLACE sound like a Corporate Old Boys Network if you ask us.
At which point it might be useful to remind everyone that Michael Frater is also a member of SOLACE.
We can only assume that Mr.Penn has been attracting the same kind of financial remuneration from Wirral Council, as did Mr.Frater…………. a quantum of SOLACE indeed.