First of all can we say that is unfair on Cllr Steve Foulkes or ‘Foulkesy’ (as he shall now be forever known) that he is the only one to come in for a mild rebuke on the publication of Thynne 2 report .We consider that there are others far more worthy of censure.
Furthermore we question the ridiculous emphasis placed in the report on a so-called “smear campaign” – there was no smear campaign against Cllr Jeff Green (but more of that on another post) . The “smear campaign” is a smokescreen for misconduct worthy of much more than a belated and begrudged apology.
Where Foulkesy’s culpability does lie is in his reckless stupidity and his sense of privileged invincibility . This was demonstrated by his actions at a Wirral Council meeting held on 15 July 2013-and particularly during the adjournments – where Foulkesy unleashed the scandal still untold that is Wirralgate. Consequently the other 3 members of Wirral’s Gang of Four – Cllr George Davies , Cllr Phil Davies and Birkenhead MP Frank Field have had to spend considerable time and YOUR money on getting this chancer out of jail.
The most telling paragraph about Foulkesy in the Thynne 2 report can be found here:
Is it only us at Leaky Towers who find the term ‘economical with the truth’ much more offensive than ‘liar’. What should we do call Foulkesy a ‘fibber’ ? – sorry we’re in no mood for polite and dare we say evasive euphemisms – Foulkesy is a LIAR – and a well practised if not very accomplished one at that . Even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence he persists with the lies. If only he’d told the truth the first time round Wirral Council could have saved itself £17,000 commissioning a second report from Patricia Thynne. Although we have to say Thynne could have saved us a lot of bother by actually checking the minutes of the Wirral Council meeting held on 15 July 2013 where she would have seen recorded the two adjournments which Foulkesy denied actually did take place.
Under the circumstances we should at least be grateful we didn’t pick up the tab for Foulkesy’s solicitor Frances Randle. Ms Randle is the Labour Party’s local government solicitor and her fees are funded by a levy from the Association of Labour Councillors. It’s nice to see the Labour Party spending their members subs on such worthy causes isn’t it?
Finally we note the Decision Notice of the Standards Panel which considered the findings of Thynne 2 includes the following line :
The panel welcomes Councillor Foulkes’ offer to contribute to the improvement of the culture of the Council
On behalf of the good people of Wirral can we respectfully reject this offer and suggest that Foulkesy had a chance to contribute to the improvement of the culture of Wirral Council after a series of damning reports criticising the Council regime under his leadership. However it seems he contributed nothing but more scheming and lies.
Therefore we think the time has finally come for him to ‘Foulkes Off’ for once and for all!………………..