So here we are in 2019 – who’d a thunk we’d all make it ? Not after last night’s festivities anyway. Foie gras, Sauternes and marrons glaces nearly did for us. It’s all very reminiscent of the times we say we say ” never again” when it comes to writing these pithy posts. Then we have a lie down in a darkened room and like the moth’s great imperfection we’re back flying close to the flame.
However this is the time of the year we do our annual Wirral Leaks review and check out the stats and the stories that have most grabbed your attention. Overall this has been a momentous year for our blog – which from the emails we receive we are seemingly hated/ loved and reviled/revered in equal measure – and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Firstly in May we said Thanks A Million! to all our loyal readers (even those who keep in touch with us from their holiday villas in Portugal) as we reached a million hits and then a month later we were proud to announce that we had become a Blog of a Thousand Posts ,proving once and for all what a rich source of material our dysfunctional local public institutions – and particularly Wirral Council – are.
However for all of you statisticians,trainspotters or those who might possibly be on the autistic spectrum we bring you some lists, stats and our thoughts on the stories we published last year.
First off we have our top 10 stories of 2018 :
Quite a nice spread of the usual suspects . From the Green Belt to Children’s Services to Kingdom Security to Parking Fines to Wirral Chamber of Commerce to Frank Field and various assorted sociopaths . Interestingly however by far and away the most viewed post in 2018 was Wirralgate 4×4 which was originally posted in September 2017. Whilst it has been enduringly popular ever since, interest peaked during the Frank Field politically symbolic hissyfit signifying nothing which precipitated his removal of the Labour whip. Could it be that the two stories are not unrelated but the national and local press , who Field courts and fetes like a courtesan on heat , are resolutely determined not to make the connection. Fortunately in the name of public interest and public accountability we can and we will be joining the dots in 2019…
As you can see from the map our reach is increasingly far and wide. We’d particularly like to welcome the new readers from the Falkland Islands,Cayman Islands, Papua New Guinea,Montserrat and Sint Maarten who joined us in 2018. But as you can see we continue to have a cult* following in Portugal. It always amuses us when we run a story, such as we have done this week, when we mention former Wirral Council alumni and we notice the malignant narcissists are tuning in from their holiday bolthole in the Algarve (paid for with public money).
* not a typo
Finally before we go we’d like remind you to send your nominations for the Leaky Awards 2018 to us via firstname.lastname@example.org and thank a politically active and astute reader who has sent us some amusing nominations which indicate to us they’re a close follower of our blog – although probably not from Portugal…
Most fabulous flounce off / most colossal contempt for constituents: Frank Field resigning from Labour but failing to stand down as MP
Get of Jail free card: Leader of Council for going to “spend more time with his family”
The Gotcha award: Martin Liptrot for forging resignation letters and “helping Police with their enquiries”
The Bitters: Independent Cllr Moira McLaughlin for her resignation speech
Biggest social media meltdown: Cllr Ron “Ruined” Abbey after democratically not being selected as the candidate for Leasowe
Most mentioned member of public: Not Yet a Cllr Yvonne Nolan