As we ponder the fallout from the Thynne 2 report we note that Private Eye magazine have this week written a less than flattering account of Wirral Council. The article focuses on the inglorious record of the Local Government Chronicle giving awards to local authorities “heading for (if not already up) shit creek” and as an example goes on to question the secrecy surrounding the Standards Panel where Thynne 2 was discussed.
For an eye witness account of the “bureaucratic machinations” surrounding the Standards Panel meeting look no further than the latest post on John Brace’s blog .
However as we promised we’ve given Thynne 2 the once over and as ever with such reports it provides us with more questions than answers. Nevertheless we thought we’d unpick what we could in a systematic way and deal with the leading players and outstanding issues from the report in the following separate blog posts :
Foulkesy the Fibber – the man and the motivation behind the lies
George Davies Dodges the Bullets – but for how long?
Green and Yellow – does Cllr Jeff Green deserve an apology?. In a word : No.
Double Echo – the tale behind a recording of a recording
Code of Silence – how councillors abuse their power to protect each other
The Notorious Two – the surprise witnesses who brought about Thynne 2
The Prefab Four – the anonymous men who hold Wirral’s leading politicians a hostage to fortune
It’ll End in Tears – who’ll be crying all the way to the bank and who’ll be in despair about the death of accountability? Wirral Leaks predicts some further twists and turns in this sordid saga despite the best intentions of Wirral Council to ‘move forward’ as fast as they can write a few cheques out!.