We have been sent the abvove picture with the rather cryptic message ” Who are this pugnacious bunch (oh and Chris Eubank) and why is this picture seemingly no longer available on the internet?”
Answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Patrol & On The Ropes
We’ve been informed that the remaining 3 staff in the Wirral Council control room have now been offered the chance to stay on after the March 31st cut off date due to senior officers not having a Mr.Magoo what operations are actually carried out in their own departments, even after they were informed by the soon to be stitched up eleven experienced staff members they haven’t got anything in place out of hours if they close the OUT OF HOURS control room. We kind of thought the title rather gives it away but clearly, it was a bit ambiguous for those making the decisions.
We also understand the prize for this reprieve would be a pay grade drop and a new shift pattern for a job the self -serving management gurus deemed redundant on the 18th December 2013.
We understand these options weren’t available to the eleven staff members before being forced out of their positions. Was this the Council’s duplicitous plan all along? “Just stop whining about a reduction in pay and conditions and just be grateful you’ve got a job?” .And where were the union reps when this tawdry arrangement was made? Exactly! – exiting stage left (pun intended) with a nice little redundancy package of their own.
Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am
Our thanks to Her Ladyship who wittily hinted in a previous article that the contractor taking over the Council’s Highways contract from Colas sounded like a professional wrestler – BAM Nuttall (geddit?).
Left Hand Meet Right Hand
And so on to a cancelled meeting arranged to discuss the fact that the Council are “minded” to close Lyndale School (that usually means they’ve already “made their mind up”). The cancellation was allegedly due to the Council failing to abide by its own constitution – a course of action which drew the following comment from one parent, Christine Woodland whose seven year old son Alex attends the school, who said she was “not surprised” at the blunder.
“The whole thing has been frustrating, but it doesn’t shock me that they have done this – it is Wirral Borough Council after all.”
Christine Woodland – we salute you! , we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Joe Blott, Wirral Council’s Strategic Director for Transformation and Resources is seemingly responsible for addressing this latest debacle but judging by his attempt to constrain the Wirralgate investigation to the narrow issue of “an inappropriate comment” we’d advise Ms.Woodland and
Co not to be overly optimistic that openness and transparency will prevail.
It Couldn’t Happen Here…or could it?
Another day, another useless document whose main purpose seems to be how many times the word “robust” can be interspersed between the tedious platitudes. This time the document in question is “The Implication of the Francis Report for Wirral” produced by Wirral Council’s Families & Wellbeing Policy and Performance Committee
Those familiar with the Francis Report will know that this was a highly damning report into the abuse and neglect of patients at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital.
This review document is most notable for its absolute determination NOT to use the W word.
The fact that the Mid-Staffs scandal was exposed by WHISTLEBLOWERS is of course studiously ignored, which may have something to with the fact that two of the Councillors involved in the review were Moira McLaughlin and Denise Roberts.
The fact that they would like to think that there are ROBUST processes in place to ensure that Mid-Staffs couldn’t happen on Wirral is not in the least bit reassuring when you consider the pair of them did their utmost to ensure that the abuses identified in the AKA Independent Review would never see the light of day.
Talking of whistleblowing, we have been privy to a series of emails about the BIG/ISUS/Working Neighbourhoods case sent to all 66 Councillors.
Once again, this is a case that would not be out of place in an espionage novel – there is the reference to the acquisition of Nokia phone records and unpublished reports and the police, auditors and “pretend friends.”
Indeed, it must be said these emails can be said to make up for in detailed information what they lack in deference to Councillors and Council Officers.
Certainly, our esteemed elected members cannot claim they weren’t told about the multitude of questions and concerns this case raises.