“I would only open this in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths….”
Today we peer behind the veneer at the sordid reality of what it’s really like for some people who work at Wirral Council. What lies behind the current banal mantra of pledges/ leadership/going forward are the desperate measures that some council employees are forced to take to protect themselves and why callow and complicit councillors and officers are prepared to collude with such a toxic culture.
The case study below tells a salutary tale of operating in such a toxic culture that won’t be found in any Local Government Association or any other so called “independent” report.
For now at least we have adopted the Wirral Council method of redacting the names to protect the guilty. However unlike Wirral Council we “pledge” (!) to reveal the names in time.
Who knows when ? – perhaps when we stand alongside the Commissioner of Oaths when the special delivery above is finally opened?.
If memory serves me correctly they started within months of each other at WBC. It was evident to me that they were ‘out of the same mould’ from the outset. What I would describe as a ‘difficult’ relationship ensued as it soon became apparent to them that I saw through them both, and was not going to be cowed by either or both of them, which did not make me very popular.
Unpopular with them or not, I had a very successful 23 years in WBC as my successes, in spite of, rather than because of the system, have demonstrated. I apologise if that comes across as an arrogant claim, but I do not do false modesty and my track record of public service has had many recognitions, ironically a number from WBC, amongst others.
The background here is important, and precedes any ‘exposé’, or ‘common knowledge’ of insidious bullying, intimidation and other misdemeanours as A and B spread their vicious, manipulative cancer from the outset through weak politicians, and weak chief and senior managers. In a fairly short time they exercised what at times could only be described as an almost psychopathic need to control everything – at which they virtually succeeded.
My WBC networks were external, internal but corporate, and not solely departmental like many staff. The stories on the grapevine, and my own personal experience painted an appalling picture of deceit, self interest, manipulation, tantrums, bullying and fear.
I took the following precaution in the mid-noughties.
In a similar way to which copyright songs were protected in the not-too-distant past, I committed my concerns to paper, and sent a copy to myself at work (I received and dealt with my own post) by Royal Mail Special Delivery/Tracked and registered.
The content of the letter described what I considered to be, at some point in the future, the distinct possibility of unfounded allegations of sexual harassment/ sexual assault or maybe worse against me. That was the situation as I saw it at the time, and I am not prone to flights of fancy, or unfounded speculation of this kind. It was time to take precautions.
As this cabal operated at the highest levels, and ranks were well and firmly closed as you know, where could you go to report your concerns? Nowhere, which was why I took this action.
One could easily imagine the grief I would have been subject to if my concerns had entered the upper echelons of management, or the public domain at the time.
Nothing did happen, but would you have taken the chance against these two and their ‘protectors’, particularly with the benefit now of hindsight?
Others may have taken some sort of ‘precautionary’ action, I am not aware of any, but if it is familiar to you then it is a good indicator of the ‘regime’ and the view that they were ‘bullet proof’.
Whistleblowing in WBC was like pressing the self-destruct button, even though it was a heavily-promoted WBC policy – consequences as per Martin Morton, et al, more recently.
‘Ordinarily’, and I can just about remember a time such as that in WBC, all things being equal, I would never have disclosed this to anyone. It had served its purpose and to date nothing has required me to produce this letter.
I am appalled by what has passed itself off in Wirral Council as ‘public service’ and the way others have profited rather handsomely at the expense of genuine individuals and services. If your face didn’t fit, or you weren’t prepared to be dominated and submissive you would be overwhelmed and driven out. The ‘non-compliant’ were driven out of jobs they loved and unlike these parasites were actual assets to the Council and the public.
This action was not taken lightly, and I am not, and never have been, paranoid. I am reasonably intelligent and articulate, and neither stupid nor foolish (and they couldn’t cope with that), but I have been successful (and they couldn’t cope with that either).
Why wouldn’t anyone ask…What would drive any ‘successful’ sane individual to take this kind of action?
As the ‘dynasty’ subsumed all before it, I took this action to protect me (and my career) as an individual, my wife and family, and my reputation. I saw a real threat, a very real threat indeed, with no prospect of support should it become a reality.
Shall we call it Risk Assessment and Risk Management and an Action Plan? The aim was to minimise the risk, which is what I did. I ensured that I was never alone in any situation, and later when things intensified I arranged to meet only in my office with my staff in attendance. I also ensured that any dialogue we had was documented in emails, not phone calls.
I believed that I had enough verified information, knowledge and experience, that these two individuals in particular, either working together, or alone could so simply orchestrate a situation, with open plan offices full of ‘witnesses’, that some kind of indiscretion had been perpetrated by me. Manipulation and feminine wiles were her stock in trade, and histrionics were her forte. Bullying, ignorance and connections were his.
The letter is still sealed and unopened within the sealed Royal Mail envelope and is in Europe for safekeeping….Maybe it should stay that way?.
Will all be revealed after 23rd June,when we exit Europe!
I’d laugh my tits off if it is from Wirral “Funny” Bizz in Portugal.
Just luv your work My Lovely.
The only problem I see is they are not clever, articulate or successful yet they got away with about £2,000,000.00 from the half wits that are AdderleyDadderleyDooLally and his “Chamber Potty”.
Its them Lordy its them Leaky it must be.
Lordy me old China Plate
It has to be Wirral “Funny” Bizz.
How would they get away with about £2,000.000.00 and get “The Pretend Friend” to stab “Highbrow” in the back and lead him up the garden path for five years.
Why would they get rid of Beverley Edwards and hide her report that mentions Lockwood/Harbac asset stripping?
Why did “The Shyster’s” ill legal department that knew of this asset stripping do, and do what they do best, fuck all?
Why would they get and independent auditor, their own fucking auditor, Grant (chocolate teapot) Thornton to investigate and then hide that report?
And pay the useless barstards £50,000.00 plus?
Why would they get their chief internal auditor Dave Garry to write a report that was a croc of shit and then pay him off with £40,000.00?
Why would “Gra Gra Burger with the lot plus 29 mistakes in 7 seconds) have a public meeting into Big, ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods and stand there and lie along with AdderleyDadderleyDooLally and Humpty Dumpty and lie?
Its them Lordy I’m sure, it must be Wirral “Funny” Bizz its gotta be.
Hang on a sec Lordsville
Is it “Legweak” looking for his pay off as he has seen them all get away with it.
Or, is it Dave Garry who has outsmarted them all?
Maybe Beverley Edwards the dark horse with the blonde hair?
Could be “The Shyster” he is slimy barstard that you wouldn’t trust as far as Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters?
Lets face it L there is so much shite in Wallasey Clown Hall it could be that nice door man.
Luv ya XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Very powerful stuff. Having worked in close proximity to these two, I can believe every single word that has been said.
It won’t be anything to do with Wirral Biz as this person worked for WBC. It is someone who most probably worked in the North Annex. As it was a fairly senior officer with their own office that also narrows it down.
Given the time period and the fact that this person talks in the past tense it could be one of two people. Both had offices on the second floor of the annexe close to both parties and both disappeared pretty much overnight!
If my theory is correct then both of these people are now retired. So I am wondering what their motive is to release this now given that these two disgusting low life’s have already waltzed off with best part of £250k of public money?
Wirralleaks is now the semi official ombudsmen.
A progression indeed from the quasi terrorist status with which previously wirralleaks had been tarred .
WBC as the now discredited regime of Vichy; Lord Leaky as the heroic maquisard.
Vive la Liberation and when the epuration?
G’day My Leaksville
I would advise the people of Wirral to vote for anybody new they can’t be as bad as those that
VOTED TO CLOSE LYNDALE
VOTED TO CLOSE GIRTRELL COURT
VOTED TO KEEP SCHTUM (or as my spell check suggests SCROTUM) ON WIRRALGATE
VOTED TO KEEP SCHTUM (or as my spell check suggests SCROTUM) ON ADDERLEYDADDERLEYDOOLALLY AND WIRRAL “FUNNY” BIZZ AND BIG, ISUS AND WORKING NEIGHBOURHOODS.
VOTED TO KEEP SCHTUM (or as my spell check suggests SCROTUM) ON “THE SHYSTERS” ILL LEGAL DEPARTMENT IGNORING ASSET STRIPPING OF LOCKWOOD/HARBAC.
VOTED TO KEEP SCHTUM (or as my spell check suggests SCROTUM) ON ALL THE HIDDEN REPORTS, Beverley Edwards, dave Garry, Grant (chocolate teapot) Thornton, DCLG, Rosemary & Thymme etc etc etc)
DON’T VOTE FOR THEM.
So Lordy that effectively means don’t vote for any incumbent at all.
Another fight out at Thornton and a care place winning awards……..just sayin.
Luv ya Lordyas much as £60,000.00 plus the amount of dirty filthy lucre that you would need to keep up with the Jones scum bags. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX