Our readers will recall how we reported that a meeting of Wirral Council’s Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee due to be held on 8th February had been postponed for nearly 2 months and was to be held on 31st MARCH !.
However whispers late last week from a number of outraged sources suggested to us that the meeting was going to be CANCELLED altogether . Surely not ! we exclaimed . We should have known better as the cancellation has indeed now been confirmed on Wirral Council’s own website.
The significance of the meeting was the fact that we had been led to believe that the long awaited and much delayed second investigative report undertaken by Patricia Thynne looking at the conduct of senior councillors tangled up in the Wirralgate scandal was to be discussed.
Of course we never expected the report to be made publicly available (well not officially anyway) and we assumed it would be discussed behind closed doors at the Standards etc; Committee meeting. Now it would appear that Wirral Council are relying on the tried and tested approach to scandals : “kick it into the long grass and pray that everyone who knows what we’ve been up to gets hit by a meteorite”.
Now whilst our contacts seem to be in a state of apoplexy about the situation those of us who’ve studied the machinations of Wirral Council for some time are quite strangely reassured as it suggests to us the report is (or at least should be) damning. Why else would they go to so much “time and trouble” (pun intended) to conceal the truth from the public? .
However what does stagger us is that what is already in the public domain and what has been reported on Wirral Leaks and elsewhere as to why decisive action has not been demanded sooner and why councillors of all parties are allowing this abuse of power to continue unchallenged. Under the circumstances you’d certainly think that at least Councillors Crabtree and Reece -Jones would feel particularly aggrieved that they’d been subject to suspensions whilst more senior councillors publicly accused of appalling misconduct have been allowed to carry on making important decisions affecting the lives of Wirral people.
Meanwhile the reputation of Wirral Council falls even further into disrepute . The judgement of those responsible for corporate governance is called into question and the web of deceit widens ensnaring more and more people who appear to have no standards – be they concerned with public life or personal morality.