‘Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York…..’


That’s decided  – we’re moving to York!

We say this as we followed up our story Wirral Council – Where Transformation Means More Of The Same  by watching coverage of the City of York Council’s Audit & Governance Committee meeting held yesterday.

As you can see their meetings are webcast so that the people of York can see how the council makes its decisions. The aim is to promote openness and accountability, and to support greater participation in local democracy. ‘A Protocol for Webcasting, Filming and Recording of Council Meetings’  on City of York Council’s website usefully sets out the operating procedure for filming/webcasts. This includes the Chair , at the start of each meeting, making the following statement : – ” I would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet and will be capable of repeated viewing.”

If Wirral Council wanted to promote openness, accountability and greater participation in local democracy surely they’d ditch Wirral View and look to how York conducts its business .But then again considering  openness,accountability and democracy have never been a top priority for Wirral Council we suspect that John Brace won’t be out of a job any time soon!

We suggest to our readers that they spend the duration of their favourite soap opera and watch the first half hour of the video. We think they will find it most instructive. However – call us sad- we watched the entire 3 hour + as it was morbidly fascinating and as described by one of the councillors , at times  ‘Kafkaesque’.

As you will surely witness as Wirral languishes metaphorically in the depths of winter , the councillors and citizens of York set out to prove that sunlight is indeed the best disinfectant .

We were sat here loudly applauding at Leaky Towers as councillors actually tried to hold slippery council officers to account and as concerned citizens asserted their democratic rights and reminded these callow council officers exactly who they were accountable to.

Glorious indeed!

They made our councillors ( of all political persuasion) look like the rank amateurs they are when it comes to scrutiny and reminded us how Wirral Council manage to get away with what they do because many local people are so politically disengaged. What we need are a few more Gwen Swinburns!

However we live in hope that ,like Storm Doris, it will pass and one day Wirral will get its day in the open and transparent sun . Meanwhile it would appear the council taxpayers of Wirral are still stuck in a nuclear winter of discontent when it comes to public accountability.


7 thoughts on “‘Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York…..’

  1. I wonder if York’s monitoring officer interferes with The Bible in court, lies under oath, and loses all the copious notes he’s taken that would have absolved courageous whistleblowers?

    Criminal offence to leak personal data eh? Are Wirral’s senior people watching this?

    Lessons to learn. Lessons to learn.

    The M.O. seems quite professional – if strangely upset about public information being seen by the public – on the movie, but you never know do you?

  2. Wow. Stewart Halliday has caused one HELL of a stink here hasn’t he? Left a right mess for his colleagues to clear up.

    Luckily for him though, good old Philly D. came riding in on a white charger with our chequebook in hand to sweep him away !

    Obviously Pip recognised a man proficient in the dark arts and thought AHA!! he could go far…

  3. G’day Leaky You Pain in The Arse



    I was having a week off posting and you keep waving that once great ridiculous union flag in my face.

    I would like to challenge “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, Lying and Deluded Dill” to a PUBLIC DEBATE with my hero Nigel “Highbrow” Hobro on all things


    “Highbrow” doesn’t know about my challenge but as he stole the data base from the criminals knows it all like the back of his hand, more other evidence than you can jump over, Big, ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods, has a memory like an elephant and most importantly is OPEN, HONEST AND TRANSPARENT.

    Would be up for it, I would stake my left testicle on it

    Whereas “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, Lying and Deluded Dill” although the LEADER is of tiny IQ and even tinier intellect has to rely upon a PRETEND friendship and alliance with half wits like Addereley, Jones and Foulkes who would stab him in the back as quick as look at him.

    Would run a thousand miles from this challenge, trust me.

    The nice doormen in the Clownhall would do a better job of debating with “Highbrow” and they haven’t even hid the Beverley Edwards Report, produced the Dave Garry croc of shit report, hid the Grant (Chocolate Teapot) Thornton £50,000.00 report, the DCLG report and the LGA effing shit thing.

    The man is an idiot.

    The man can’t even write a letter he promised to “Highbrow”.

    The man is a disgrace to his family and ‘alma mater’.

    The man is the leader of this crud and dross.

    He wants an effing GOOF resort in times that people are fucking SUFFERING.

    What planet is this egit from?



    “Interested” am I fired up enough?

    You know that playwright get him writing.

    Luv you Lordsville even though you are testing my rage XXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Sweet dreams Darling L X

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