A few years back the first tremors of concern about the operation of Wirral Council were felt in the local press.Whilst the cracks began to show in the public facade a senior council manager privately dismissed the reports with the comment : “newspapers are tomorrow’s fish and chip paper”.
Those tremors turned to shockwaves as report after report bore witness to a toxic and dysfunctional culture which nearly brought Wirral Council tumbling down.
During the aftershock of these events the senior manager above fled the scene of devastation under the protective cover of a compromise agreement and a six figure cheque.
Whilst at the time she may have been right about the public’s attention span and the impermanence of the printed word the world of information exchange has moved on.
So as we see above Private Eye magazine publish the latest instalment of “The Adderley Skidaddle” on their Rotten Boroughs page and although an acknowledgement of our original story would have been appreciated , it can be seen how both mainstream media websites and independent blogs now serve as a more permanent public record.
Moreover the digital age affords the opportunity for members of the public to cross reference, make connections and be better informed.Stories that are considered to be a minority interest or can’t be reduced to soundbites or a fleeting newspaper headline now have a permanent space in a public place.
Sometimes stories can’t be constrained by a word limit and print space.As our readers have witnessed , the devil is often in the detail and a narrative can develop over time.All that’s left for us to do is identify what we consider to be in the public interest and as far as we’re concerned that includes matters where private lives interfere with public duties……….