Redact and Be Damned


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After a false start (with emphasis on the false) Wirral Council initially responded to a recent Freedom of Information request with the wrong information.They have now got round to responding to friend of Wirral Leaks , Nigel ‘Highbrow’ Hobro , about his enquiry pertaining to the Police and Crime Commissioner election of 2012.

Now as you can see the response below comes with the obligatory redactions and with the excuse that what lies behind the black marker pen is somehow ‘personal information’.

Yes , that’s right folks- public money paid to a public servant in the course of their public duties is ‘personal information’. Go figure!

Talking of figures – there’s some juicy figures on display and we’re not talking about Wirral Council’s Head of Law Surjit Tour –  here identified as the recipient of significant sums of money on top of his salary ( for doing what exactly!?)

Of course we flagged up the significance of this election long ago ( May 2014 to be precise) and anticipated it would feature in a recent Tribunal hearing featuring Wirral Council.

As far as we’re concerned the use of redactions in Wirral Council’s response is as mysterious as the ‘Milk Tray Man’ – but instead of a black polo neck we get a black marker pen.

Unfortunately , from what we can gather, there appears to be a difference of opinion between Wirral Council’s Returning Officer at the time , former CEO Graham Burgess  (aka Burgesski) and Surjit Tour as to who did what for the money and how the figures were arrived at. However we’re sure that these fine upstanding public servants would, in the public interest, like to clarify what information lies behind the redactions. Otherwise, might we suggest,  they will be damned to further speculation as to exactly what happened on that fateful election night in 2012 and as to whether everything added up – and we’re not talking about the voting!foiextract20170303-10000-1v16phh-1_1




9 thoughts on “Redact and Be Damned

  1. Somewhere in a galaxy far away there must be a Labour controlled Council who are honest and thrifty-isn’t there?

  2. Looks like the customary balls up by Wirral Council’s FOI team who I know work in close concert with the Legal Department. I gain the impression that an unknown figure at the Legal Department pulls rank and tells them what to say.

    Problem 1

    How can one individual’s details be exempted and treated as personal information and the other individual’s not, especiallly in the SAME request?

    Problem 2

    Assuming the redacted details belong to the then CEO, how can he attract a greater degree of protection? The higher you go up the ladder the more susceptible your role is to checks, balances and public oversight and to details being disclosed when there is a strong level of public interest – which there always is when it concerns large sums of public money.

    Nigel should appeal to the dodgy ex-council people who populate the ICO.

    • Might we suggest the redacted information could also concern someone lower down the ladder. This is the problem when such redactions are made – not only is openness and transparency lost but speculation increases and further FOI requests are needed to be made!

      • G’day Leaksly

        I think you are teasing my mate Paul.

        I think you know who it is, just guessin mind you, “The Shyster”, “Sir Git’s” err body err I mean watch guard.

        You would be less scared of a watch dog.

        I think it was the person who sat next to “The Shyst” for the whole two weeks of that bullying court case, couldn’t have sat any closer and not sure there was always one foot on the floor, circa £100,000.00 with a wirral judge over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters.

        She frightened me Leaky when she stared me down when all I wanted to see was “Sir Git’s massive, enormous, expensive clock face.

        Actually I wanted to see both his faces.

        Am I right Lordy am I? am I? the one “I’VE GOT A VISION” just like my fearful leader “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, elusive LYING and Deluded Dill”

        Was it her?



        Luv your teasing My Good Lord XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  3. Apologies to the Aussie and yourself Lord Leaks.

    I was half pissed when I wrote my comments yesterday…… Won’t even try to explain what I was trying to say…….

    Feck the Council!!

  4. G’day Leaky


    Well Leaks you know what foi’s are but do you know what BAD liars are?

    I think “Highbrow’s” genius is starting to rub off on me.




    Now it is proven without doubt that these three are LIARS as evidenced on John “Tarrantino” Brace’s filums.

    How they must hate being movies stars.

    What do these three amigos do?

    Admit it, apologise and sort out the villains.


    Caldy, Blackburn and St Kev’s finest arse holes ignore it and expect to keep their big dosh and bonuses.

    They have not only been caught out they try to put a stop to those pesky FOI’s so they can just loot the dump ad infinitum.

    wirral with a tiny w doesn’t have a clever Basnett like Uncle Joe’s Everton’s Commonwealth Games team just a “Chamber Potty” dogsbody.

    So…. They put in place “Fartin Lobsterpot” no questions asked.

    Gilchrist and Green go along because Davies says it will be of benefit to them.

    So “Fartin” is installed.

    So instead of fessing up to all their shit a lot of what is found out by FOI’s they, “Tarrantino” will know when, set up private companies to hide their dirty dealings.

    The game that is played like over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters is that you can’t do FOI’s on private companies even, bizarrely, if the private company only uses public monies.



    So “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, LYING and Deluded Dill” is just going to plough on ….. “I have a dream” ….. a golf resort with a fucking great housing estate built by the “builder of my choice” and no one will stop me …. I am a BAD LIAR.

    Luv you this sunny Monday morning L XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    That is if “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, LYING and Deluded Dill” admits that it is Monday.

    “Interested” do you think I am ever sober when I write this shite about this shite?


  5. G’day Leaks

    A little tip for all those chancers and parasites clinging on and around local government that will do anything for money and be protected by clowncil officers, elected clowns and best of all “A Shyster” running the ill-Legal Department with a fucking big watch and no mates, apart from his watch guard who attaches herself to his hip in court alongside his boy barista from London in his Saville Row purchased from the same fund as the ‘kettle and hob’.

    If St Helens doesn’t yet have an Uncle Joe’s Mr bilong “The Chamber Potty” or a “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, LYING and Deluded Dill’s” “Fartin Lobsterpot” get your CV down the Clown Hall in rugby league world and you can probably get more than £300.00 per day.



    Oh Leaky what a sick sick place this is becoming. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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