RPT : Redacted ,Protracted & Traduced

 AREPEAT
“We wanted justice but you wouldn’t give it to us” – Nigel “Highbrow” Hobro
Now we’ve made no secret of the fact that at times we have found the BIG/ISUS/Working Neighbourhoods whistleblowing case hard to fathom (and 600 + page Committee reports don’t help) However we do know that when we hear Wirral Council using the dreaded phrase “lessons have been learned” we know that something has gone badly awry.
Therefore when Her Ladyship told me that history was repeating itself and tied me to the wingback chair in the library I first thought we were re-enacting our wedding night. However she was just ensuring that I sat through a recording of the finale of the long drawn out saga fronted by indomitable whistleblower Nigel “Highbrow” Hobro and his Aussie mate James Griffiths by showing me a recording of Wednesday’s Audit and Risk Mendacity Committee (we’re not saying that ARMC are mendacious but we are claiming that this committee has experienced enough “misleading statements” in it’s time).
We’re grateful for the fact that the recording and incisive commentary by John Brace on his blog saved us the trouble of looking at the back of  Burgesski’s head ( fashion tip from Her Ladyship: Comrade needs a haircut)……..
 So from his usual observation point on the front row the ever perceptive Mr.Brace drew parallels with the infamous Morton whistleblowing case which still casts a long,dark shadow over council proceedings. This suggests that once again that the “lessons learned” by Wirral Council warrant an F for Fail.
Certainly the redacted reports and protracted investigations reminded us of past misdemeanours although such was the welter of evidence produced by Hobro that the “No Case To Answer” stamp failed to materialise for once.The meeting itself seemed to be a bit of a fractious affair overseen by a charming new council officer/councillor double act : Tetchy Tour and Crabby Crabtree
Indicative of  the opposing viewpoints on display was the matter of a particularly contentious Internal Audit report which according to Burgesski “needed further work” whilst Hobro described it as a “pathetic piece of work” ( although we’re not sure whether he meant the report or the author !)………However we must refrain from such honestly held opinions as Burgesski doesn’t take kindly to council staff (past or present) being “traduced on social media” (!)  – funny how Burgesski doesn’t seem quite so animated on council officers being “traduced” by councillors ( but let’s not go there for the time being)  or council officers traducing whistleblowers.Perhaps he was concerned he’d have to whip out the cheque book again if someone’s feelings were hurt.” If only that cheque book could talk ! ….” sniped Her Ladyship , to which I retorted ” If that cheque book could talk it would be bound to be gagged”.
The general conclusion was that , yes ,mistakes were made ,nobody’s perfect,we’re moving forward etc;etc;etc when it came to dubious business practices and lax accounting and auditing processes which were supposed to be overseen by Wirral Council.
The people who ended up in hospital,losing their business and getting County Court judgements made against them – were forgotten about in a buck-passing masterclass – from Wirral Council to auditors Grant Thornton to Merseyside Police to North West Development Agency (with whom there are some interesting past associations) and back again.” It was before my time….” was a familiar refrain heard during the meeting.
The £46,000 payment to the former Chief Internal Auditor wasn’t before your time though was it Comrade?
As we’ve already reported the day after this meeting Burgesski announced his retirement so it seems that having once declared  : “We’ve won the war now it’s time to win the peace” it would appear that he no longer has the stomach for the fight.
And who can blame him?………there’s a H-bomb on the horizon.
H is for Hubris.

 

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4 thoughts on “RPT : Redacted ,Protracted & Traduced

  1. Thanks for the link and greetings from Mr and Mrs Brace up on Bidston Hill.

    There are times what goes on at Wirral Council saddens us both. On the subject of Mr. Burgess, I feel behind the scenes he tried his best to fix some long running problems that politicians should’ve tackled earlier. I wish him all the best for his retirement.

  2. G’day My Lordsville

    Good news My L I am replacing my poor dead goldfish today and out of regard and esteem I will call the new baby “Graham Burge (r with the lot plus super duper car and 7 mistakes http://goo.gl/znBccO in 29 seconds)ss’” or just “Traducer” for short.

    Lordly, “Highbrow” and I reckon this “whitewash” has now cost the Wirral Taxpayer about £150,000.00 and obviously the meter is still ticking. Not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds that went down Campbelltown Road.

    I bet you would be clawing back some of that dosh L as Grant Thornton suggest if the cops can’t be arsed.

    Page 73 of the 600+ pages:

    ISUS & PREDECESSOR

    2.58 _______________________________________
    _______________________________________
    _______________________________________
    ________________________________________ (7 Lines of REDACTION)
    ________________________________________
    ________________________________________
    ________________________________________

    Grant Thornton UK LLP
    Liverpool
    2 May 2014

    Says it all about being open, honest and transparent doesn’t it Lordy?

    Not one question was asked of “Highbrow”……they know the answers or deliberately don’t hear them.

    The RED “Football Shirt” is so proud of this baby ISUS and his camp flourish of a Mickey Mouse contract he found two years later is worth another look on John Brace. “Eureka I have actually found a signed contract.”

    Show us then “Big Boy”.

    Has Stella got one?

    The last page of the section, the grand finale, and even the date is dodgy as the fellow that wrote this is long gone and must be nearly ready for long service leave in his new job that’s how long ago it was finished.

    I still cannot believe My Hero that the local media was not there….why????

    How often does the whole circus emerge for a Fudgit and Risk It Meeting, surely the Wirral Taxpayer should be told of this.

    They were all out apart from the the ringmaster and the clown, in no particular order, “The Dunny Chain Wearer” and Phil the Dill” which is obviously newsworthy.

    The VERY RED “Football Shirt”, a “Cardboard Cut Out” “Graham Burge (r with the lot plus super duper car and 7 mistakes http://goo.gl/znBccO in 29 seconds)ss’” a snoring “Pretend Friend” two “Dumb Auditors” the bloke who thinks you don’t need the accounts at the AGM, the old inmate from the Raving Loony Party err err I think “Highbrow” should apologise and even “Humpty Dumpty” was in the front row.

    So funny My Worshipful Master when “Highbrow” gave “The Shyster” a law lesson on defunct companies and the sooner that function is contracted out the better.

    You mention the buck passing and the forgetting of people in hospital My Mentor thanks for your concern about my 12 days in The Royal with some of Merseyside’s worst smack heads.

    So My Lanky Lead until this next report comes out I am off to buy my new ” FISH” that will go round in circles and say nothing.

    Ooroo

    James

    Ps I think in awe and reverence of the VERY RED “Football Shirt” that found that contract albeit two years late all employees should whistle ‘Burning Ring of Fire’ in his earshot instead of the usual salute.

    Luv you more than “The Dunny Chain Wearer” likes prawn butties. XXXXXXXXXXXXX

  3. G’day Again My L

    Just thought I’d show another example of their openness, honesty and transparency.

    Just a few of “Highbrows” Freedom of Information Requests.

    Request for Quotation
    Request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by nigel hobro. Annotated by James Griffiths on 16 October 2014.
    Long overdue.

    How simple “Highbrow”? Ooroo James

    Wirralbiz+
    Request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by nigel hobro. Annotated by James Griffiths on 16 October 2014.
    Awaiting internal review.

    Xmas is coming mate. Ooroo James

    Wirralbiz invoices to WBC
    Request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by nigel hobro. Annotated by James Griffiths on 16 October 2014.
    Awaiting internal review.

    Why are we waiting mate? Ooroo James

    Asset Transfer Contract
    Request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by nigel hobro. Annotated by James Griffiths on 16 October 2014.
    Awaiting internal review.

    Any day now mate Ooroo James

    Lockwood engineering ltd Liquidated
    Request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by nigel hobro. Annotated by James Griffiths on 16 October 2014.
    Awaiting internal review.

    Soon mate Ooroo James

    Original BIG report
    Request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by nigel hobro. Annotated by James Griffiths on 16 October 2014.
    Awaiting internal review.

    Any day now mate! Ooroo James

    My Lovely do you think he will get these out before he goes even though he “wasn’t there” ” wasn’t there” ” wasn’t there” ” wasn’t there” ” wasn’t there” “wasn’t there” “wasn’t there” in more than 29 seconds.

    Ooroo

    James

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • In answer to your point about the local media not being there, Leonora and I were there or were you referring to the newspapers?

      After the first meeting had been adjourned, first from the 22nd July to the 7th October, then the meeting on the 7th October was cancelled. The meeting then happened on the 8th October, but then clashed with the Wirral Schools Forum.

      So I think myself and other sections of the media would’ve been confused at the date changes (including the date change to the 8th October which happened at short notice).

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