Ladies and gentleman we proudly present this week’s enlightening email exchange between Leaky Towers and Wirral Council’s Senior Manager for Communications and Marketing Kevin MacCallum following the publication of the first edition of Wirral View . As usual we’re not lost for words. As for Kev – well he just appears lost (and not for the first time)…….
I’m writing to ask for a favour.
I enjoy the blog in general, even considering the extra work you create for me & my staff, and I do have to say you cross the line into personal abuse at times.
The articles this week taking the piss out of Wirral View are also good fun, and about what we expected. Bring it on.
I would like to ask you to remove the photo though.
It’s got ‘normal’ people in it, as in not politicians and not senior staff.
These are just ordinary residents (including a young girl from Wallasey) who didn’t realise they’d appear on your blog when they had their photo taken by us for a council publication.
They’re not your target, it’s not fair and in doing your job by having a pop at us you’re risking upsetting people for no good reason.
Can you swap the photo for something else?
I was promised ‘endless satire’, which you haven’t delivered on just yet so you must be able to come up with something else?
Cheers – would appreciate it.
Head of Communications
We’re just watching the Great British Bake Off.
We’ll get back to you later……
Just take the photo of the kid and the woman with the Mayor down. Come on, is it really that big a deal?
Apologies for the overnight delay.
Our picture dept is working on a replacement.
We’ll let you know when it’s up and provide a more fulsome response later.
I appreciate it, thank you.
Fill your boots with any of the other stuff though, obviously. A lot of this is fair game, and you do a nice job – just try & keep ordinary people out of it.
Is your photo-desk on a go-slow? They could get a job here.
That’s the thing Kev – we have to rely on people doing their stuff voluntarily and for free. It isn’t a job.
Not suggesting that this is what you would do – but we don’t bully , we can’t threaten to discipline someone and nobody is trying to curry favour with us for career advancement .
We have got a picture – it’s you with a stick of rock instead. Shall we go with that one?.
Sorry to ruin your weekend – we’ve given this considerable thought and this collective has decided that no we won’t be doing you a favour. Why should we?.
Whilst we’re pleased you enjoy the blog in general (damn us with faint praise why don’t you?), we reject the notion that we cause you and your team “extra work” – you need to have a word with your colleagues who supply us with a constant flow of stories about their dishonesty and incompetence and then perhaps your cushy jobs would be even easier than they already are.
Whilst you acknowledge that our articles this week ” taking the piss out of Wirral View are also good fun “, we refute absolutely that we cross the line into “personal abuse” . We have never, not once, received a complaint about personal abuse – unless of course you wish to provide specific examples. We are also surprised that you seem to be endorsing Wirral Leaks as we often hear that the rank and file would be subject to disciplinary action for doing so. But then being a ‘Senior Manager’ these rules obviously don’t apply. You also ask us to “Bring it on”. So here we go…..
We’re NOT removing the photo. Mainly because we’re not answerable to Wirral Council and never will be – but mostly because we won’t be drawn into this disingenuous bullshit about picture subjects being “ordinary/normal”.
Did you explain to your photo-ops that they would be on your website and shoved through the letterboxes of 150,000 residents and that some of them aren’t exactly pleased about it?. No, thought not!. So don’t try and guilt trip us – ‘cos it ain’t gonna work.
The suggestion that the the little girl with the stick of rock is a target of Wirral Leaks is deeply manipulative. She’s not. Wirral Council are and always will be – as well you know.
We also didn’t promise ‘endless satire’. We promised ‘endless opportunities for satire’.
You personally prove that we keep our promises………..and we weren’t being funny about the picture either!.