OK it might be a bit of hyperbole on our part but do you sense the revolutionary spirit pervading the air ? We suppose we need to clarify what we mean by that. We don’t mean storming the barricades and sitting at a guillotine with your knitting – after all this is sleepy,complacent Wirral where political apathy has ,until recently, been the order of the day . However never before have we experienced such a willingness of local people to challenge the powers that be – whether it be litter enforcement fines,parking charges, NHS cuts ,threats to the Green Belt and the latest campaign by Wallasey Hands Off Our Fire Station (WHOOFS) which led to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority postponing closure proposals allowing the Fire Brigades Union and WHOOFS more time to campaign – and we say good luck to them!
We admit that we’re pushing it by claiming that Jo Bird being elected as Bromborough councillor to replace teen sensation Warren Ward with a 14% reduction in majority is also a sign of disaffection and mistrust of local politicians as it could equally be the aforementioned political apathy (as a 22.7% voter turnout is absolutely woeful) . However it does give us the opportunity to publish the Wirral Globe picture announcing the election result which looks like a still from a low budget remake of the political mind-control conspiracy thriller ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ which has been renamed ‘The Wirralian Candidate’.
Here we see, centre of picture, Jo ‘Lady in Red’ Bird herself, overdressed and overdoing it with the red (yes,yes we get it! – you’re a ‘passionate’ Labour supporter!) Then to the right we have a sighting of that rare bird ,Wirral CEO Eric ‘Feeble’ Robinson, lurking in the background trousering yet another substantial cheque for his onerous Returning Officer role ( i.e reading out the election results). Why do we get this strange urge to photoshop a little moustache on his face? Her Ladyship observed that he reminds her of an historical figure who also headed up an evil regime that thrived on fear and propaganda. Who could she possibly mean? Having said that, after viewing the still from CCTV footage we published last week, we think it’s fair to say Stressed Eric is still far down the pecking order when it comes to representing ‘The Ugly Face of Wirral Council’ . However the most bizarre aspect of this shot is the Lib Dem (?) on the left and the candidate’s jumper which appears to have the subliminal message ‘KILL’ subtly stitched on it – which if you ask us is taking the ‘revolutionary spirit’ a tad too far!
However the feature photo (and the photo below ) is what we believe to be conclusive evidence of the mood that is sweeping the peninsula and shows former leader/mayor/political opportunist Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes demonstrating on social media his deep understanding of the revolutionary spirit by dressing up as a sans-culottes French revolutionary and brandishing a bottle of gin.
Foulkesy is 40% proof positive of the revolutionary spirit…
I presume that the majority voters of Reading have as little knowledge, or interest, in the shenanigans of their local council as do the majority here on the Wirral.
The pathetic 22,7% turn out at the recent Bromborough by-election reflects the sad apathy of our local residents.
However, if Reading only realised that they have been rescued from a permanent Noone appointment, ((although she walked away no doubt having banked yet again a few quid) a case of good wine would be winging its way to France and to the esteemed Paul.
I’ve been posting to the following Reading blog but there’s not a great deal of interest.
As an update, Maura Noone seems to have removed all reference to Reading Council from her LinkedIn work record !
My response is “you can run, but you can’t hide.”
The way the incestuous Local Government Mafia works is that she will hide, and keep a low profile for a while, and then emerge in yet another well paid post in a Council who could not bother their nether regions to carry out a full check; as we have seen with at least one obscenely paid consultancy here on the Wirral.
I followed your link to the Reading forum and read with great interest not just your major contributions but also those of a handful of other, presumably Reading residents, who made a number of interesting comments in your support.
It appears that Reading Council is as inept and possibly corrupt as that here on the Wirral – if that is possible- as, if there were a Champion`s League for council corruption, Wirral would be towards the top.
As with our own useless local Press, it is a great shame that Reading`s local newspapers are equally toadying towards their Council.
God he’s common 🤢