Brain Drain


We’ve been reflecting here at Leaky Towers on the departure of Wirral Council Chief Executive Comrade Burgesski. We understand that ” sparks flew” prior to him announcing this departure (the title of the song below says it all ) .And it would seem that even the pleasant times to be had in an exclusive hostelry in Wirral  – which served as the local equivalent to The Clog and Billycock in his previous haunt in Blackburn  – have suddenly lost their appeal.

We were willing to give Burgesski a chance at Wirral Leaks somewhat as you would with the new kid who joins the school that has been put in special measures by Ofsted. However halfway through his first term he threw his old school cap in with the playground bullies ,secured his “permanent” contract and did nothing to address the heart of darkness that still dominates the culture of Wirral Council.

And what a shameful legacy he leaves in his wake – his commentary on the wickedness of central government policy is sickening hypocrisy when compared with Wirral Council’s adherence to these self same policies – the Council’s stance on the Bedroom Tax and Council Tax for the unemployed is absolutely shameful.

In this context it is completely legitimate to compare and contrast the Council’s callous policies impacting on the poor and disabled with the lavish refurbishment of Burgesski’s stately pleasure-dome. His tenure as Chief Executive is characterised as : “Austerity as a means to an end” – in this case the dismantling of public services and punishing the poor and the powerless. Remind us again – is this really a Labour led Council ?

The consensus seems to be that Burgesski won’t be missed. Indeed even Frankenfield made the terse remark about the appointment of a new Chief Executive that  Wirral Council should : ” seize the opportunity and appoint a candidate that would be the “envy of other authorities” As her Ladyship said (brandishing her beautifully manicured talons) : “Meow!!….”

However don’t flatter yourself that the title of this blog refers to you Burgesski. It’s a reference to the fact that Wirral’s brightest and best don’t end up in Brighton Street. Instead we have the zombie-like ” Scouse Contingent” and ” Cheshire Set” who gorge themselves on the cadaver of Wirral Council before driving off in their top of the range cars to the bright lights of Liverpool or the bucolic delights of the Cheshire countryside.
Why should those who have been running/ruining Wirral Council care if Wirral is covered in dog crap and feral gangs roam the streets and special schools are closed and if Wirral Council has an appalling record when it comes to the vulnerable and disabled ?.They simply don’t live here and their decisions don’t impact on their well padded existences “out of borough”

Talking of well padded – remember Foulksey’s infamous quote that Wirral having a declining population was a good thing? ( there’s plenty more memorable quotes from Foulksey coming up very soon in a Wirral Leaks Special Report ……). Somebody needs to tell him that any young Wirralian with any foresight or potential or integrity will get themselves as far away from Wallasey Town Hall as they can.

Memo to the Mayor: This is NOT a good thing.

By the way before you go Burgesski – any news on the Golf Resort or Wirral Waters ? (no thought not). Which reminds us will Burgesski be taking the picture of Stella Shiu that adorns his ante-room and other useless items with him ? – no sorry Comrade , you can’t take the Super-Duper Directors with you!…..


5 thoughts on “Brain Drain

  1. G’day The Lord of Wirral

    I have been too busy looking for work to write or go out and buy my new “Fish” that I will definitely call “Traducer” who will be known to close friends as “Graham Burge(r with the lot plus super duper car and 7 mistakes in 29 seconds)ss’” but here I am.

    I’m back.

    If anyone at the Burrow Council had a brain like “Highbrow” and crawled out of their own hole Wirral would be a much better place.

    I would like any one of the Muppets from Brighton Street to debate in a public forum with “Highbrow” Big, ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods. Come on “Shyster” scarlet “Football Shirt” or “Billy Bunter” you know all about it. Man up.

    Lordly, you know how I admire you for your tireless snooping but John Brace is very close behind in my awe and I spotted this on his site from the third piece of Wirral’s Holy Trinity “Highbrow”.

    All three of you should be courted and feted in “The Dunny Chain Wearers” Parlour. (Or Thornton Hall)

    (You might though have to tolerate him and his missus and family over high tea “we have lessons to learn” “we have lessons to learn”we have lessons to learn” “we have lessons to learn”.)


    One matter was never raised, and not by me as I was chivvied along by the Chair.

    The elephant in the room.

    In the summer of 2009 critically WBC was invoiced over £10k by wirralbiz for “Professional Development”.

    The allegation, dismissed inaccurately in D Garry’s report on ISUS, relates to the strong likelihood that the invoice was for preparing the ISUS tenders in May 2009 and in August 2009.

    WBC preferred to report back on an FOI that they knew not what the invoices were for, which is comical in itself-that “Bad Old Council” that Cllr Kelly referred to near the end of the meeting. This is preferable to locating the backing sheets to the invoice and admitting that an “open tender”, for which 20 tender documents were issued, was perverted by the subsidizing of a “preferred candidate”.

    If proven the consequences would be two-fold

    The claw back of the entire £880k from ERDF

    Potential lawsuits for waste of time and for loss of ISUS profits from any bidders who answered the tender proposals

    The probability of WBC having paid for a preferred bid is strong in that

    The time-scales of the invoices are concurrent with the two bids, to join the approved list of Service Providers to NWDA, and to WBC to be their chosen Service Provider

    The dates of work done by the subcontractor are not covered by any other invoice from that subcontractor (who never knowingly undersold his services or indeed failed to invoice his time)

    I remember his preparing the bids in conclave with M Raworth

    I remember the conspiratorial discussion Subcontractor to Raworth “What shall I put on the invoices?”

    Raworth to subcontractor “Professional Development” whist both cast a guilty look towards myself who entered the invoices into the accounting system.


    My Lovely do you wish you had a brain like “Highbrow”?????……an elephant never forgets.

    So please can I just beg your good self, John Brace and “Highbrow” please do not give up the CAUSE until the, as Ned (Simon) Kelly said at The Special Fudgit and Risk It Meeting of 8 October, “BAD OLD COUNCIL” is totally eradicated.



    Ps Leaky, Highbrow and Brace for OBE’s

    Luv ya Lordsly XXXXXXXXXXXXX

  2. G’day again Lordsville

    “Highbrow’s” idea which I would like to second and support.

    Whistleblowers assembled in Committee Room 1 to hear apologies from Wirral Council over a toxic whistleblowing saga involving secrecy, national, local and regional government, internal and external audit, the private sector, ££££s, senior managers, contracts and Wirral Council

    A headline from John Brace’s World Famous Blog.

    (I’ve read it in Australia)


    Oh shit was I supposed to keep it secret????



    Ps Much bigger plans for you My Audacious


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