Judging by the number of hits and the responses we’ve had to the Wirralgate! tapes it would seem that, unsurprisingly, our followers have a large number of outstanding questions about the unfolding story.
Some we have the answers to,some we don’t and some we probably never will.
And sorry to have to mention the C word – but dear Leaks fans, think of this as being like the run up to Christmas – for as in many things – the anticipation is often as rewarding as the actual reveal.
However prominent among the many questions we are being asked is why did our very own version of “Deep Throat” feel they had to approach Wirral Leaks with their story?.
I for one think this is a brave and significant act. We understand that our sources had already been approached by the Council who wanted to initially undertake an internal investigation and latterly an external investigation in,I presume, a determined bid to keep this story under wraps.
The Council will of course cite a desire to want to follow “due process” – but as we all know by now – due process is a one way street and it only applies when it suits Wirral Council’s ends (and it’s usually a dead end at that).
As to the internal investigation let’s just say our sources didn’t want to “Blott” their copybook when it became very clear the scope of “investigation” was being unreasonably constrained.
Instead of offering a feeble ” no comment” as to why certain parts of the recording where not to be investigated we wish the Council representative would just admit that he was told to just look at the bit that could possibly be fudged (although believe me it would be interesting to see how they could have fudged this one! ).
So under these circumstances who can blame our sources wanting to take the road less travelled and walk the Wirral Leaks way ?- as let’s face it if Wirral Council investigations and reports aren’t deeply flawed (Penn) or an amateurish whitewash (Vickers) they’re redacted and compromised (Smith,Klonowski) and always,always endlessly delayed ( the Grant Thornton reports into the BIG/ ISUS /Working Neighbourhoods debacle is but the latest shameful example)….and then there are reports that never even see the light of day (but funny how they manage to find their way to Leaky Towers like the doves in our dovecote – like a better class of chicken coming home to roost).
And even when a report suggests that behind the blacked out redactions and the inscrutable Council -speak that something somewhere might possibly has gone horribly wrong (but nobody knows for sure) – the holy trinity of truth,justice and accountability are still inevitably denied.
Judging by how this investigation was mooted to proceed the worst that was ever going to happen is that a recommendation is made that all Councillors and Senior Officers attend a Race Awareness course rather than focus on the individual whose grasp of ethnicity,equality and diversity seems to be – how can we put this delicately? – ….. somewhat awry.
Anyway as we know some people are untouchable and unaccountable (and this applies to Wirral Councillors most of all) – and so we know there will be no consequences whatever the outcome of an investigation and the whole smoke and mirrors circus act will stagger on to the next series of mishaps and scandals because someone “important” is always implicated in some real or imagined misdeed and everyone seemingly has got something on someone else – A confederacy of dunces in a conspiracy of silence.
Indeed a significant part of the of the Wirralgate! case is concerned with a prominent Councillor casually trying to acquire compromising information about a political opponent as part of what our sources perceived to be some kind of “sweetheart deal”.
So I can only admire the courage of these sources and the spirit of resistance their stance represents. There is a very strong message being sent to Wirral Council, which is this:
“WHAT REALLY MATTERS” IS HONESTY INTEGRITY & EQUALITY – UNTIL THESE CAN BE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED BY WIRRAL COUNCIL WE NO LONGER HAVE ANY TRUST OR CONFIDENCE IN THE ORGANISATION OR IN IT’S CORPORATE GOVERNANCE……
THE LORD HAS SPOKEN:
The Honourable Lord Julian