Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.…
Once again we are grateful to one of our readers who has sent us a copy of yesterday’s front page of the Wirral edition of the Liverpool Echo.
We didn’t even know there was such a publication – the last time we bought the Echo on a Saturday it was pink and we’d check the football results with our pools coupon.
However what drew our reader’s attention was the glaring front page headline :” Left in the dark” and the sub-heading – “Promise of Action on Wirral Street Lights”. Our puzzled reader was curious to see whether this was a lazy re-tread of a story we’d run on 29 January – and if so why exactly two weeks later a story about street lights is on the front page of the Liverpool Echo.
The puzzle was solved when our reader turned to page 8 to see the source of the story was Birkenhead MP Frank ” Light of The World” Field , because as we know that round here it’s not news until Frank reports it. What’s more we all know that when it comes to being in the media spotlight the super trouper beams are always going to find him!.
The late to the party Labour MP says in the report that residents’ concerns centred “on the apparent lack of urgency shown by the council’s Streetscene department to address each fault once it has been reported”.
What amused us more than anything else in the report was the response of Cllr Stuart Whittingham ,Wirral Council’s cabinet member for transport. When we first covered the story we included stats from former Lib Dem councillor Stuart Kelly. It was in response to Kelly’s tweet that Witless Whittingham further enhanced his resemblance to the Matt Lucas character George Dawes (“He’s a baby”) by spitting his dummy out of the pram during this Twitterspat :
Now you’ve witnessed the kind of high level political debate that Witless Whittingham indulges in compare and contrast his tittylipped response with his grovelling apology in the Echo report :
“Sadly , this year we’ve seen increased levels of vandalism and unreported collision damage, which has contributed to a higher than normal number of outstanding faults . We have not been able to respond to this increase as well as I would like , so we are taking special action to deal with the backlog . I’d like to apologise to residents for not responding sooner to their concerns”.
Of course there’s no mention of the fact that the ending of regular streetlight surveys has undoubtedly contributed to this dim situation . Nevertheless now that our saviour Frankenfield has declared “let there be light” we can now expect that Wirral will be lit up like Reno.
Shame that Field wants to keep us “left in the dark ” about other matters concerning former Wirral Council streetscene workers though isn’t it ?. Accordingly can we advise our readers not to expect that particular story lighting up the front page of the Echo any time soon !!!.