Following last years inaugural awards we proudly present our 2nd annual Leaky Awards https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/the-leakys-wirral-leaks-awards-2013/
Hissyfit of the year –
For the 2nd year running it’s Mayor Foulkesy ! – for his intemperate performance at full Council on December 15th 2014- exactly 17 months after his last award winning performance on July 15th 2013 .Where the two connected? Yes indeed! For now we know that whistleblower Morton’s Open Letter claiming Foulkesy was “unfit for public office” must have landed in his in-box just before the meeting.This may explain his snarling at the public gallery and angrily telling opposition Councillors Green and Cleary to sit down. We don’t know what Charm School Foulkesy failed to graduate from – but it’s not the sort of behaviour one would expect from Wirral’s first citizen or represents a suitable role model for his future stepson…..oh.
Venue of the Year –
The winner : Friday night rendezvous at Mere Brook House
Runner -up : The pop up B&B in Sandringham Avenue during the Open golf championships
Dishonourable mention: Floral Pavilion – New Brighton commandeered for the coronation of Wirral’s first citizen Foulkesy and the scene of the Power Boy Pip/Comrade Burgesski bust -up
Comeback of The Year –
After being responsible for an appalling lack of scrutiny and poor governance during her previous tenure as overseer of adult social services which resulted in eye-watering toxic debts ,financial abuse and appalling failures to safeguard vulnerable people which were identified in a series of damning reports Matron McLaughlin crawls her way back to become Chair of Families and Wellbeing Committee. And so having failed so catastrophically McLaughlin now has an even bigger and more unwieldy portfolio than before – incorporating as it does Children and Families and Public Health. What a reward for failure – way to go Wirral Council!
Quote of the Year –
Wirral Leaks followers will recall that the Quote of the Year in the 2013 Leaky Awards came from Power Boy Pip and was in reference to the Wirralgate tape – ” No evidence was made available to the investigation to substantiate a serious allegation regarding inappropriate language” (This investigation will be the unheralded Peter Mackay investigation from October 2013 – about which much more in our upcoming Wirralgate For Dummies guide) Then having thought he’d cleverly boxed off that little local difficulty Pip’s plans were dashed after someone tipped off Tory leader Jefferson Green about the Wirralgate tape just before last Christmas and by the new year it suddenly appeared that Power Boy Pip had recovered from a bout of amnesia and suddenly recalled being “played an excerpt of the recording” and that “an adverse comment (was) made by the senior member” of the Labour group” !!!.
Oops! the “adverse comment” must’ve slipped Pip’s tiny mind during the McKay investigation in October 2013. Funnily enough a witness to Foulkesy’s involvement in this tawdry saga got paid £48,000 during that same month.What a coincidence!
So having been rumbled Pip was forced to concede that the Wirralgate tapes went from an “unsubstantiated rumour” to “inaudible” to him admitting that he was indeed “played an excerpt.”
Reading quotes containing phrases like “inappropriate language” and “adverse comment” suggests that minimisation – a common practice much loved by Wirral Council when there’s something to hide – is now turning into an art form….and believe us they sure have something to hide!
Quote of the Year Runner up :
” We wanted justice but you wouldn’t give it to us” – Whistleblower Nigel “Highbrow” Hobro speaking at Audit & Risk Management Committee in October whilst exposing Wirral Council’s inglorious record of thwarting whistleblowers by means of delay,obfuscation ,denial and minimisation (see above).
The Absent Friends Award –
Winner :To the privileged individual whose hysterical ( in a fit of pique sense , not in humour ) hair-ripping antics have led to much mutterings of “schadenfreude” in the newly-carpeted corridors of Brighton Street, and seen a conspicuously empty chair at senior officer meetings of late. We wonder why that is?
Runner Up : If everyone is asking where the hell is Stella “Show Us Your Marrows” Shui in the ongoing Wirral Waters debacle, why won’t anyone at Brighton Street just tell us?
They made such a song and dance about the er,stellar qualities of Stella, and professed to have carried out due diligence into her self-penned glittering business background… Except, clearly they didn’t – the Financial Times and Private Eye exposed that, but from the official mouthpiece for Wirral comes nothing. We imagine the legal, financial and strategic departments have a lot to answer for but don’t expect any hands to go up admitting liability – lie ability? – any time soon.And don’t forget, all this happened long after Wirral’s “Shanghai visit is hailed phenomenal success” – the headline on the council-penned press release revealing that the council’s junket to the East had been hailed a “phenomenal success” by, er, Wirral Council.
We’re left wondering whether Burgesski took the vainglorious picture of Stella by Moonlight Flit hanging in his ante-room as a memento when he gleefully left on New Years Eve?….. or are Wirral Council deluding themselves it’s still a case of out with the old and in with the Shiu?
Special Wirral Council “Our Values In Action” Award:
The glorification of golf and the titivating of the town hall v The closure of Lyndale special school and bedroom tax/council tax measures affecting the elderly and the poor……..enough said.
Photograph of the Year –
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes……….