Now this is getting silly.Very silly indeed.
Remember the serial postponements of the Standards & Constitutional Oversight Committee which we have previously reported ? – well as you all may know there was supposed to be a meeting of a Standards Panel comprising of 3 councillor reps to consider “serious” matters prior to the reconvening of this Committee . We understand that these “serious” matters concerned the second Patricia Thynne investigation report into the alleged misconduct of senior councillors.
Well that Standards Panel meeting was set to take place next week on March 23rd. Now whilst it may still be listed as “PROVISIONAL” on the Wirral Council website we understand the meeting has now been “POSTPONED”.
Somebody on the Labour benches must have twigged that Purdah didn’t start until March 28th and it would be inopportune during the run up to the local elections to have any more “unpleasantness” hanging around in the air like a fart in an elevator.
As we understand that Thynne completed her report at least 6 months ago it suggests to us that it’s the same old story of the Wirral Council power elite abusing their power . The same tactics were deployed with the recent belated publication of the LGA Peer Review . The fancy word they like to use for incessant delays is that reports have a number of “iterations” – for fact -checking, right of reply etc;.
What is really means is that it enables Wirral Council to not only “massage the message” but to buy some time when it comes to damage limitation.
We can only wonder what arm-twisting Patricia Thynne was subject to to take the sting out of her final report. All we will say is that at least the LGA Peer Review is now actually publicly available – there’s more chance of Lord Lucan riding Shergar in the Grand National than Thynne 2 appearing any time soon.
Which leads us to make this heartfelt plea : Enough is enough! . Can we just cut the crap and ask somebody to just leak the damn report ?. Let’s face it Wirral Council are not averse to making strategic leaks when it suits them (not that we’re complaining!). Let’s not forget the infamous leaks of confidential information involving former Head of Tourism Emma Degg . To leak one confidential Compromise Agreement looks like carelessness but to leak two looks like there’s a hidden agenda…….which brings us full circle back to the cancellation of the Standards Panel !.