Wirral Council staff past and present have been reminiscing about the memorable times they have shared with some of Wirral Council’s “characters” who sadly are no longer around to entertain us with their unique management style.
An historic but significant case we’ve known about for some time and which has been brought to our attention at various times from different sources (and from as far away as sunny Manchester) just keeps on coming up.
The significance of this particular case for us (and apparently for others) is that we feel it set the precedent for how Wirral Council’s so called council leaders comprehensively mismanage situations particularly when they involve malpractice and possible criminality.
One whistleblower tells us they were “advised” to keep their mouth shut about this particular case by 3 former senior council officers. Perhaps our readers would like to guess who these officers were?
Well, when we say “advised” they allege they were told by one of the above to keep their nose “out of their fucking business.” This may sound like conduct unbecoming of someone in a senior position but from what we hear about what is said behind closed doors at Wirral Council it sounds fairly typical.
The case itself was concerned with the conduct of Mr.C a social worker for the Chinese community at the flagship Wirral Multicultural Organisation (WMO).Apparently this cheeky social worker was moonlighting as a driving school instructor – like you do! – and furthermore was charging older Chinese people to fill in disability benefits forms. When challenged he said the latter was part of his “culture” – well that’s alright then!
However, the most interesting aspect for us is that we understand Cllr. Phil Davies (in the days before he was miraculously transformed into Power Boy Pip) and Cllr.Brian Kenny were on the Wirral Multicultural Organisation Board at the time and were aware of everything.However, as they didn’t want to upset WMO chief Lady Chan and the Council leader at the time was Cllr. Steve Foulkes, it was soon hushed up.
As one of our sources said: “Senior Officers 1,2 and 3 all told me to keep schtum as at the time I was telling everyone because I couldn’t believe Mr.C hadn’t been prosecuted.”
They also describe themselves as being “gobsmacked” when they found out that: “He (Mr.C) went with a load of dough and access to his pension.”
Seems to us like this case was a precursor for all the scandals that followed in that the world and her husband knew what Mr.C was up to and those in the know turned a blind eye and when it began to look as though it was going to cause lumber the lurch to secrecy began. From bullying and threats to payoffs and gags. The pattern was set for everything that came after and is still in operation today.
Inevitably the 3 senior officers involved have all gone the way of Mr.C and left Wirral Council under questionable circumstances and we can therefore only presume that knowing about this case and other such matters could only have helped smooth negotiations when it came to their respective severance arrangements!
We can, therefore, conclude that Wirral Council’s OMNISHAMBLES MODUS OPERANDI* is as follows:
* This MO does not apply to councillors as it doesn’t matter how much they are not up to the job or up to no good they are seemingly beyond accountability, sanction or redemption and that is why as far as we’re concerned Wirral Council will forever remain an omnishambles.