That Riviera Touch


Private Eye magazine tells us in the latest edition, and appropriately enough on the same page as their previously reported ‘Happy Halliday’ story, that ‘ Council bigwigs across the land can barely contain their excitement as they prepare to fly to Cannes (this) week for what is for many the highlight of the year – the international property bash , Marché International des Professsionels d’Immobilier , aka MIPIM.

Thousands of public officials from all over Europe to gather to be plied with drink for four days by property developers eager to get their hands on publicly owned assets. Aptly ,the event also attracts hundreds of prostitutes’ 

Now we know this spring break has been heavily pencilled in on the calendars of Wirral Council’s very own ‘bigwigs’ for quite some time.

A Cabinet meeting held on 8th December  2016 included a report written by one Stewart Halliday (who he?) and stated as follows :

‘It is imperative the council has an emerging proposition for investors by early 2017 and that by March 2017, when the MIPIM Conference takes place, is able to set out its offer to investors. This annual conference for investors is the key opportunity to meet and pitch to the world’s major development investors and banks’

Click to access Delivering%20Wirrals%20Growth.pdf

Moreover as we reported  in  our An Extraordinary Council report Cabinet resolved at the meeting held on 16th January to create the post of ‘Investor Development Manager’ especially for Wirral Council leader Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies’ left hand man Martin Liptrot (aka Liptrotsky).

The justification for fast-tracking the appointment and waiving the call in process was as follows :

‘Although this was not a key decision, in the light of the time critical nature of these activities, it was considered necessary to request that call-in be waived. This would enable the activities to progress at once and, therefore, ensure that work was completed in time to meet deadlines for key events such as MIPIM. Due to the absence of the Chief Executive, and on his behalf, the Assistant Chief Executive had recommended that call-in be waived’.

Subsequently a request for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council was called by 24 opposition councillors as  ‘we believe that the creation of this post requires further scrutiny, to enable council to decide whether it is justified’.

However as we observed  :’ …… the Extraordinary Meeting has been called for 6th March – AFTER the appointment has been made! Which rather suggests to us that the matter was NOT ‘urgent’ in the first place and in fact the waiver was a means of preventing anyone asking any awkward questions as to why , at a time of cuts and punitive charging measures , that the council taxpayers of Wirral are being asked to fund Council leader Power Boy Pip’s special friend to hobnob in the South of France at their expense’

Unfortunately opposition councillors seem not to have kept their eye on the road and subsequently steered down a cul-de-sac , as the Extraordinary Meeting to discuss the Liptrot’s Investor Development Manager appointment was parked in favour of another Extraordinary Meeting concerning car parking charges.

We understand that Liptrotsky’s dodgy £350 a day gig will now be discussed next week:

This of course allows (presumably) Pip and Liptrotsky (and whoever else is in the Wirral entourage) to fly off this week to the French Riviera – no questions asked. No doubt this means that next week’s Extraordinary Meeting will now be all about the mega-deals that were struck as a result the Pip and Liptrotsky double act (somewhat like bungling Morecambe and Wise in that creaky comedy ‘That Riviera Touch’ only without the laughs). Shall we look forward to hearing that Wirral Waters will no longer be marketed as ‘Shanghai-On -The- Mersey’ but as ‘Côte d’Azur-On -The -Docks’ ?!

Meanwhile Wirral Leaks welcomes any news on Wirral Council’s entourage and hopes that Pip and Liptrotsky have taken a hat, as even at this time of the year, it can get very hot in Cannes……………………….



20 thoughts on “That Riviera Touch

    • Took the words right out of my mouth, It may be a Wirral reunion with all the leavers who trousered thousands from us and went to another authority-too many to mention here! As long as no one ‘hurts’ Emmas feelings it should be a nice little break for them.

  1. You would have to have a tin ear or be cocooned in an alternative universe to be unaware of the criticism about how Wirral Council wastes taxpayers’ money.

    Squandering funds from the public purse to send Martin Liptrot and his sidekick Phil Davies to the South of France is a raw insult to anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of this incompetent and careless local authority,

    Does the council leader give a toss any more about what Wirral people think of him?

    • I don’t think they do care, unless hauled before a court like Crabtree and then it’s denial, embarrassment and anger at being caught rather than remorse.

      Unfortunately voters want these types to represent them as a community to the world. I don’t understand it.

  2. G’day Leaks





    “Phil the Very Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, LYING and Deluded Dill” and his neighbour “Fartin Lobsterpot” have gone off to Cannes without the man that has made them stars of stage and screen and its not those other LIARS Burgess and Adderley that I am referring to although they are probably there with the third point of the triangle and possibly the double entry they don’t understand,

    the one, the only

    JOHN “Tarrantino” BRACE.

    How very dare they!

    They would be nobody’s without him.



    Luv your hot cross buns Lordy XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Hi James,

      Much as I’d like a sunny holiday with my better half, sadly none of my films make the Cannes Film Festival, oh you mean MIPIM!

      Sorry but our travel budget got gobbled up this year in holding the public sector to account.

      Plus my French (despite being one of the few subjects I have a GCSE in) is rather rusty.

      Zut alors, il y a toujours l’année prochaine! (ask Highbrow for a translation as he is better at French than I am).


      • G’day “Tarrantino” son

        Mr Google says the translation is

        Dad then, there’s always next year



        “Tarras” it will be the Oscars for you next year my son when the failures and debauchery of Cannes is made public.

      • Why do these representatives all have such ill fitting suits? Genuine question. One would think they could afford a fitting. They are in the public eye, their images are published worldwide on the internet, yet they all look rather down at heel.

    • They exhibit a Cannes-do attitude.

      The question is rather than should it be done more should they be doing it.

      The they does include Mr P Davies of Stella Shiu fame and a former electoral agent of his choosing. Meanwhile back home a slimmed down Regeneration department still manned by some of Big and wirralbizz fame. Will they be drawing on the left expertise, of Asia Europe and new gaming concept Ltd fame?

      One Cannes go but with different personnel. GENUINE BUSINESSMEN OF Wirral perhaps not disqualified directors as have accompanied the above regeneration depth and Councillor P Davies in former times to Isle of Man and to Reno.

      The Emperor needs to don some clothes.

  3. G’day Leaky

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    I’m not laughing with them L I am laughing at them and their insulting of peoples intelligence.

    In the rubbish paper from over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters.

    £1 BILLION plan to transform Birkenhead and Wirral

    Wirral Council chiefs are at the Mipim international property festival on the French Riviera where they want to find a developer who will invest in Wirral, focusing on Birkenhead.

    Oh Lordy who who has billions is going to mix with every chancer local government parasite on the gravy train to Cannes.

    That is the job of greedy little piggies in trouble to make the likes of “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, LYING and Deluded Dill” their new best friends like Corrin Kenny, New gaming Concepts et al.

    It is just a beano for public servants like Burgess and Adderley to fake and pretend to understand double entry.

    Although if they understood it they might be liable and accountable to someone.



    For god’s sake Lordy I just heard Uncle Joe is now desperately trying to get the Commonwealth Games for Liverpool/Manchester….Yep that will work….just as long as he gets his junket to the Gold Coast in Oz next year with “Dill Wit” and his other best mates.


    Hope they send you a card from MIPIM and get the award

    Most Improved Penes in Merseyside

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