Apologies for the delay on this one but there’s been a few glitches on the website this week . As it’s fashionable to do so we blame those pesky Russkies !
All we can say it’s a case of delayed gratification for our readers as we optimistically declare : So, farewell then, Surjit Tour .
As yes indeed , we’re hoping that it’s the case that Wirral Council’s Head of Law is going back to where he came from. And we don’t mean that in a casual racist way a la Cllr George Davies. We mean that we understand that Wirral Council’s Monitoring Officer (no laughing at the back) could be returning to Sandwell Council. Could it be that Tour goes back to Sandwell and leaves the people of Wirral to go to hell in a handcart?
So what positive things can we say about Surjit as a future send off?
Er, not a lot.
Whilst we acknowledge that being Wirral Council’s legal guru is a tough gig we couldn’t imagine anyone less equipped to fulfil the role. Apologies, no actually we can – his chinless predecessor, Bill Norman!
As far as we’re concerned , during his inglorious tenure Tour steered the difficult terrain that being the pinnacle of local government legal probity involves by prioritising political and personal interests over the public interest.
This was a so called public servant who it seemed to us (and to many of our readers and contributors ) to continually thwart Freedom of Information requests, somehow didn’t know how electoral expenses worked , circumvented due legal process and natural justice at every turn and yet who prostrated himself before people who held him in complete contempt . He was ‘ bloody useless’ according to Deputy Leader of Wirral Council Cllr George Davies (once again – no laughing at the back) . And yet he was prepared to accept a handshake,a feigned apology, a promotion (and a cheque for hurt feelings?) to carry on as abnormal .
As for Surjit himself – he must be counting the days before he finally drives his thoroughly vulgar personalised numberplates out of Wirral and back to the West Midlands for the last time.
But not as much as us.