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The Importance of Being Frank Ernest Field

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Something stinks in Birkenhead : is it the stink of skunk or the stench of corruption?

Once again we ask ourselves is there a bandwagon that headline -grabbing media whore Frank Field won’t shamelessly leap on?

We refer to a couple of  further examples from this week . First is the case of 6 year old Alfie Dingley who had been denied cannabis oil to treat his severe epilepsy. After a prolonged campaign by his family and following 12-year-old Billy Caldwell being granted a limited licence this week for a 20-day supply of medical cannabis to also alleviate the life-threatening effects of his seizures Bromsgrove MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid granted the UK’s first ever ‘life-changing’ permanent medical licence for cannabis.

However prior to this welcome news we were treated to this melodramatic performance by Birkenhead MP in the House of Commons :

Alfie met the Prime Minister eight weeks ago and she instructed the Home Office to act; on Saturday, he had 30 seizures. Will the Home Office give  the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning)—who is seeking to catch your eye, Mr Speaker—Lady Meacher and I the authority to go through border control with the drugs that Alfie needs? If the Minister will not act, may we?

See here: Medicinal Cannabis

We can’t help thinking that Sir Mike Penning and Lady Meacher sound like characters out of an Oscar Wilde play. Whilst Frankenfield sounds like a latter day Lady Bracknell with that strangulated, superior-sounding syntax. However we would have paid a lot of money to see this unlikely trio being frisked at border control and Frank in particular being asked by a customs officer : ” Is that a spliff in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?” (yes, we know it’s cannabis oil which is at the centre of the debate but you get our drift.)

Obviously we’re not suggesting that the great Victorian moraliser personally partakes of the devil’s lettuce and that his offer of drug smuggling was purely a selfless act but who better to source cannabis (in any form) than the Right Honourable Member for Birkenhead? Walking round what’s left of the Pyramid shopping centre – and let’s face it the pyramids in Egypt are in better shape –  brings a whole new meaning to the phrase  ‘a trip to the town centre’ as the of the pungent stench of weed assaults your nostrils whether you want it to or not.

The second example of dubious and desperate attention seeking is his long running and frankly tedious feud with ‘tax-efficient’ tycoon ‘Sir’ Philip Green . In the latest episode Frank Field asks what Sir Philip Green “has got to hide” in BHS report   

Sir Philip Green’s most public and staunch critic Frank Field has questioned his attempts to cover up a report exposing his business dealings prior to the downfall of BHS.

Last week it was revealed that Green’s company Taveta had attempted to secure an injunction preventing the findings of an investigation into BHS’s finances prior to its collapse form being published.

“Well, what has he got to hide?,” Field told the Press Association.

“I am writing to the body to ask them about each draft of the report underlining their decision, who had access to those drafts, and what changes did they request.”

Once again we think something stinks to high heaven. Wirral Leaks readers may recall  Frankenfield making a similar song and dance about a Wirral Council report written by his old mucker , ex- judge Nicholas Warren, way back in July 2015 when the headline read : Storm as MP accuses council chiefs of ‘abusing power’ over Wirral whistleblower inquiry delay

Field  said:  “I am deeply troubled by this delay.

“It is almost ten weeks since the report was completed and filed, and we are clearly getting nowhere.

“Officers within the council need to face up to their moral responsibilities and realise that these delaying manoeuvres are an abuse of their power.

“It is an insult to the whistleblowers and to the people of Wirral, who have a right to know what has been going on.

Astonishingly it is 3 years later and the report still hasn’t been published – yet Frankenfield has been strangely silent on the subject of the public’s right to know exactly what went on and what has gone on since. To which we can only use his own words and ask :

” Well, what has he got to hide?”………….

 

 

 

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Defend Our NHS – 70th Birthday Celebrations

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Dear friends of the NHS

YES, we are planning to celebrate 70 years of our fantastic NHS.

Join us and other friends for a picnic in the park on Saturday 30th June from 1.00pm in Vale Park, New Brighton.

All the details are below and the leaflet is above .

PLEASE display it AND share widely with colleagues, family and neighbours.

And, YES, we will celebrate again on the NHS’s actual birthday, Thursday 5th July, in Birkenhead. Full details of that evening’s social event (and papers for our AGM on the same evening) will follow next week.

BUT, no, we are not fooled by this weekend’s government NHS ‘giveaway’. Of course any new money is welcome but, apart from the other deceptions discussed widely in the media since the announcement, it hardly compensates for the actual cuts which have been forced on the NHS in recent years, nor for the continued pouring of billions annually open jaws of profiteers who continue to exploit the NHS, nor the ongoing sickening waste on the operation of the ‘health market’, nor the terrifying costs of social care… We could go on…

Till soon.

Best wishes from DONHS

PS Some of you will be travelling to London for the national demonstration on 30th June. Travel safely and have a great time. Shout and sing so loud that we can hear you.

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #21

POSTCARD FROM CORNWALL

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Yes we know the picture isn’t from Cornwall – it is the latest artist’s impression from Wirral Waters. What’s more we admit that we’re beginning to lose track of developments. This latest one is is described as an ‘amenity hub’ :

Developer Peel has submitted a planning application for its £3.5m amenity hub at Egerton Square, designed by architect OMI and featuring a dockside restaurant, gallery, retail, and events space.

The £3.5m project is focussed on delivering amenities for the business and residential communities planned for the area, and will also play host to arts facilities and a waterside events space.

Located at Four Bridges next to Wirral Metropolitan College, it will sit alongside the proposed £6m No 1 Tower Road South office block and the planned Maritime Knowledge Hub, proposals for which were outlined earlier this month. Full story : Wirral Waters Amenity Hub

For one of our readers the Wirral Waters is reminiscent of developments in Cornwall which are detailed in the excellent ‘Cornwall – A Developer’s Paradise’ blog and in particular their latest post which is titled ‘Fantasy and Reality ‘ which concludes with the pertinent observation :

Behind the flannel, is that what their ‘vision’ really amounts to? Is this it? Is this all we have to look forward to? An endless, shallow future of ever more mindless consumption, traffic, congestion, and corporate placelessness? Full story : Fantasy and Reality

As our source asks : “Remind you of another council?”

ESSENTIAL LOGIC

With the recent news that Wirral Council’s Labour administration are committed to spending only on what is considered ‘essential’ a Wirral Leaks reader has questioned where the following jobs that are concerned with gaining World Heritage status for the vandals haven that is Birkenhead Park  fits with this logic . See here : World Heritage Jobs – The Guardian

Wirral Council are advertising two jobs in the Guardian (where else?)
World Heritage Project Manager: salary up to £37,107
World Heritage Project Officer.: salary up to £27,358.
The object is to gain World Heritage Status for Birkenhead Park.
Quite why it needs two well paid staff to do this I cannot understand.
Surely an application to World Heritage, with some documentary support, would be enough?
AND FINALLY …..
We’ve compared the intrigue of Wallasey Town Hall to the Booker Prize winning novel ‘Wolf Hall’ written by Hilary Mantel before. See here :  Uneasy lies The Head That Wears The Crown
However we are particularly grateful to yet another one of our readers who is a Wirral Council retiree who during their long promised lazy summertime reading was struck by the following passage from ‘Wolf Hall’ and how it reminded them of their days in the corridors of power at Wallasey Town Hall :
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Where There’s Dog Muck There’s Brass

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Thanks to one of our readers this is one of the finest pictures we’ve published on Wirral Leaks . Our homage to Martin Parr.

Prior to taking the well-trod coward’s route out of Wirral Council before the corrosive  bullying culture of the council was exposed and for which he set the tone , Steve Maddox was most noted for claiming in a meeting held way outside of Wirral that all that the little people who paid his wages were interested in was ‘dog crap’.

It would seem this plug ugly ultra-bore’s time has come as Wirral Council have recently set out to prove the old dictum ‘where there’s (dog) muck there’s brass’ as they’ve recently announced plans to exclude dogs from dumping in certain areas and if they do their owners will have to pay through the their pet’s arse .

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Indeed it would seem that they’re so desperate to raise money that they are now reliant on your pets anal expulsions to keep them in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

Seemingly realising this campaign group Wirral Good Dogs have (inevitably) launched a petition which states :

Wirral Council has proposed implementing a Public Space Protection Order across our public parks, commons and beaches, as well as introducing huge on the spot fines, for dogs who step foot on to a ‘marked playing field’ (many of which take up large areas of our shared parks, so our parks will become unusable for off leash dog exercise)  and total bans to huge stretches of coastline, which many locals enjoy daily and rely upon as a valuable local amenity for the care of their dog. Read full petition here : Wirral Good Dogs Petition 

Having said all that it strikes us as deeply ironic and yet entirely appropriate that an administration so full of crap are seeking to sustain their bullshit operations via canine sphincters.

Toilet Humour

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As you all know we try to keep it classy at Wirral Leaks and so, like sarcasm , it is something we try to avoid.

However we couldn’t resist publishing the above picture which is on the back of the cubicle door in the Wallasey Town Hall bogs (or the Slash’n’Dump Hub as they’ve been rebranded)

Clearly the highly paid policy wonk behind the 5 Ways to Wellbeing  campaign – no ,we’ve not heard of it either – has had an irony by-pass or knows that their target audience will be sitting on the Thomas Crapper , popping a Sertraline and crying into their P45!

Might we also suggest that this uplifting picture of jollity will also be a familiar sight to many of the humourless Wallasey Town Hall elite who behind closed (toilet) doors  are currently experiencing squeaky bum time! Isn’t it funny how these toilet doors remain vacant even when they’re engaged?

As to the question :

When was the last time… you laughed until you cried?

We’ll leave the answer to our source :

Do they really want to know? Usually after reading more Town Hall bullshit!

Any further answers send to us on a piece of toilet paper /back of fag packet/ prescription for anti-depressants etc; etc;

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #20

West Kirby Parking

SIGN OF THE TIMES

Wirral Leaks reader contacts us about the above parking signs in West Kirby and comments :

Hi
No doubt the incompetent company that erected this rubbish will be paid to correct it.
Mean while any parking restrictions will, I assume, be invalid.
Toot Toot

Perhaps local resident and Wirral Council ‘leader’ Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies can get on the phone to someone and rectify this latest parking malarkey asap. But be warned West Kirbyians that based on previous experience he’ll only do so if it is politically opportune.

SIGN OF THE TIMES 2

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You’ve probably all seen this by now but blimey this is yet another example of what happens when Wirral Council outsources to companies who don’t give a shit as Council-hired staff painted “SOHOOL” in yellow letters outside Woodslee Primary in Bromborough, Wirral.

A spokesman for Wirral Council said it trusts the worker had been given “a detention to work on his lines”.The spokesman added the contractor was given “top marks” for correcting the mistake on the same day it was made.

Ha! ha! bloody ha ! We’d like to remind Council spokesperson  (Lost Kev perchance?) about who pays for this incompetence . Yes , Wirral council taxpayers! Let’s hope they find it equally hilarious!

MEDIA HOUGHTON

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Now we’re sure Young Tom is a very nice chappy….. – for a journalist anyway ! However ,as we’ve alluded to before , we are deeply concerned about these so-called ‘Local Democracy Reporters’  which for us unfortunately translates as ‘homogeneous news on the cheap’ – where there is one story,one view,one truth across the local mainstream media . Needless to say Tom ‘Media’ Houghton (geddit?)  has not approached us for news stories – which is rather surprising considering our track record when it comes to local exclusives. Indeed when approached by a local resident with the comment ‘Hey Tom why don’t you start with WIRRALGATE!’  all he could come back with was a rather feeble  : “I’m just getting my head round your comments’ but feel free to comment on my author page.”  I think we’re safe to assume we’re not dealing with the next John Pilger.

AND FINALLY……. COMMUNITY TRANSPORT PETITION

Inspired by our Community Transport – Thrown Under The Bus ?     story a petition has been set up here . The post quotes our original post and ends with the comment : The following article was left on Wirral Leaks but Wirral Leaks is not enough. 

The petitioner is absolutely right – but then what options do local people have ? Perhaps the disaffected of Wirral can rely on a ‘Local Democracy Reporter’ to get their story heard – or perhaps not!

Liverpool City Region Women : Know Your Limits!

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Always judge people by the company they keep ! 

We’re glad and yet somewhat sad when our readers latch on to our pithy observations. For example someone has picked upon our insightful remarks about ambitious Gillian Wood upon her election as a Labour councillor for Claughton following the demise of her predecessor Cllr Denise ‘No Hidden Wrongdoing’ Roberts.

As we observed on her election in 2017 :

Does Gilly know what’s she’s letting herself in for , does she care or will she succumb to the lure of ‘scroundrelism’? Full story here : Gilly Keeps Bad Company in Claughton

We all know the answer to that question don’t we boys and girls?  As another keen observer of local politics comments :

Would seem that Jolly Gilly from Claughton progress up the greasy pole continues at a pace. Having breezed back in May she has now become a Deputy Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region.

http://liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/news/combined-authority-sharpens-focus-on-inclusive-growth-air-quality-and-further-devolution

Is it just coincidence that she and Steve ‘The Brickie’ Rotheram were elected on the same day or is their friendship deeper??

Time will tell no doubt

Cheers

Keep showing what these self serving shits are up to!!

We had to laugh (and cry) at Rotheram’s Liverpool City Region Combined Authority portfolio appointments. As we’ve observed before about the Socialist Republic of Merseyside your ,ahem, rise to power is greatly assisted if you have a penis -but conversely and perversely – lack a scrotum. Read more here  Old Boys Network – No Girls Allowed

As you can see from The Brickie’s  appointments all portfolio holders are male bar Jane Kennedy (who had the temerity to get elected) and all the deputy portfolio holders are female. This includes the aforementioned Cllr Gillian Wood who is responsible for Energy & Renewables despite the fact that she isn’t even a portfolio holder at Wirral Council!

These developments made us realise that when it comes to political power on Merseyside that this particular skit isn’t far from the truth:

Get Out of Town – The Death of Birkenhead Part 2

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” Bloody useless……” – Cllr George Davies

We we’re going to call this post the ‘House of Failure’. However it’s not the fault of their employees that they’ve been made redundant by Chinese-owned high street retailer House of Fraser.

Read here : House of Fraser closures

However we did give everyone the heads up on this one four months ago in a post titled Get Out of Town – The Death of Birkenhead when we wrote :

Whilst there have long been rumours that House of Fraser is on the way out  -and let’s face it since the demise of Beattie’s it has rapidly gone downhill – it staggers on , but for how long?  As far as we’re concerned that would be the final nail in the coffin and then all Birkenhead will be fit for is a set for a remake of  ‘Dawn of the Living Dead’ – the zombie movie set in a shopping mall.

So the demise of what was once the Birkonian shoplifter’s destination of choice should come as no surprise what should also come as no surprise is the same desperate politicians and parasitic consultants running round suddenly saying we need:

” A PLAN”

Read here : Plan

To which we can only say is WTAF have you been doing with our money and our mandate all these years?

Time to shout it loud and shout it clear : THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING!

We’re afraid to say it’s time to put Birkenhead town centre out of it’s misery – misery caused by the political parasites who wouldn’t shop there even if they had a discount PICK-A-PLAN SHOP.

To be continued…..

Community Transport – Thrown Under The Bus ?

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Community Transport on Wirral may be in last chance saloon.
Word reaches His Lordship from a supremely well-informed source that the writing is on the wall for community transport services here on Wirral.  These are the trained drivers, escorts and specially kitted out vehicles that transport disabled and vulnerable service users to their day centres, care homes, Special Educational Needs schools, etc. day in, day out, all year round.
And we don’t bring you this news lightly.  We know it’s genuine because we’ve had the information checked and double-checked.  It impacts Wirral Council, goes right to the heart of central government, to the top of the EU, and it’s a thorny issue being discussed right now at the top transport committees in the UK.
Here is a link to the Community Transport parliamentary debate of 10th May this year:
https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/082b6e02-f4ba-46dd-a581-48202804c19f
A change in EU law, Directive EC 1071/2009 to be specific, was rolled out on the statute book in 2011 and appears to be done and dusted across Europe.  But there is a frantic panic back in Blighty because the Tory government ignored it when it emerged seven years ago.
So it’s now finally caught up with them, and under the new directive, the largest council contracted charity and not for profit operators with hundreds of vehicles, right down to the smallest with half a dozen, will in future be regarded as running a ‘commercial operation’.  This will entail these organisations applying for Operators’ Licences for the business, new licences for all drivers and 35 hours of training every five years for everybody who sets foot on a vehicle.
In other words, it involves big money ……….huge money.  Money they probably ain’t got.
The impact of this change threatens to be utterly catastrophic to the many community transport services that make up the majority of  the UK charity, not-for-profit market, and if the new rules are not modified, or their impact lessened, the sheer cost of meeting the requirements will force many of them to downsize massively or be forced out of business.

As is customary, the usual suspects at basket case Wirral Council seem to be busy making a bad situation even worse.
Transport Minister Chris Grayling wrote to all local authorities two weeks ago requesting that they bide their time, await his advice and do not remove any contracts from existing operators.  What have Wirral Council been doing?  Yep, removing contracts from existing operators.  Not only this, they are forcing them to apply for Operators’ Licences (O Licences) and to set up trading arms in order to be ready to act commercially.


Wirral Leaks readers will know that Wirral Council happens to operate its own transport service, mainly to private care homes because they will recall the young disabled girl a few weeks back, who was forgotten and left locked inside a vehicle alone for two and half hours in the council depot.  Read here : Transport Trauma
Where transport rules and regs are concerned, Wirral Council really should know better, because they have a former VOSA / DVSA expert on hand in the shape of Director of Transformation, Paul Satoor (and for good measure former Tory council leader Jeff Green).
But despite this inside source of knowledge, they appear to be immune to the rules.  Rules which they enjoy applying to everyone but themselves, as they flex their muscles, throw their weight around and community transport charities under the bus !
They’re even accusing their own charity operators on Wirral of “acting illegally” whilst taking payments from private care homes in return for transporting their residents.
This conduct is potentially illegal under what are known as Section 19 permits. These were originally set up to allow the community transport charities to operate, but which clearly stipulate “for hire or reward but without a view to profit nor incidentally to an activity that is itself carried on with a view to profit”.
In fact, this is like Wirral View all over again as they’re the only council in the land prepared to defy the government on this.  But this time it’s not just powderpuff guidance being swept aside.  It’s knowingly done, whilst forcing charities (but not themselves) down the O Licence route, and whilst secretly taking money and enriching themselves, but falsely accusing others of doing the same. So the council could be in breach of statutory law.

Merseycare are the largest operator on Wirral, providing a transport service for 3,000 vulnerable and disabled service users, and are based on the old Squibbs site in Leasowe.  They have 90 staff whose jobs are imminently threatened, many of whom are disabled themselves.
Before the May 2017 local elections, they invited former Leasowe Councillor Treena Johnson to come and have a chat about this subject and to have a look at what they do.  She said as she worked with disabled children, she would be delighted.  She asked if she could bring along a second Leasowe councillor, Anita Leech.
Interestingly, a professional body known as the Bus and Coach Organisation – whose members are made up of commercial operators – have been pressurising government for many years and quoting the above EU law in order to have them declare community transport contracts illegal and to have all such council business – the length and breadth of the UK – stripped from ‘law-breaking’ not for profit, charity operators.
Presumably, this is being done with the aim of stepping into the void to enable their Bus and Coach Organisation members to make a tidy profit out of the UK’s now stranded vulnerable and disabled service users.That third Leasowe Councillor by the way is Ron Abbey.  He is a former  bus driver for ‘the Corpy’.  We wonder if he might still retain undeclared links to the Bus & Coach Organisation? What an interesting coincidence that would be… perhaps somebody out there knows…?

Nevertheless, as Merseycare Transport waited, Councillors Treena Johnson and Anita Leach suddenly fell silent ….the kettle was on and everything, but they never even turned up at the Merseycare offices. Johnson jacked it in as a councillor  before the last local elections and presumably the other two were ordered to toe the party line.

We can safely assume from Wirral Council’s pioneering activities in being the only local authority to remove contracts from charity operators that they are keen to embrace a new future – where no doubt the lowest bidders with the least experience will be transporting vulnerable people – and they want to be at the forefront of creating it. And you only have to look at the railways to see how that works out!
We’re wondering…. where does Wirral Council’s statutory obligation to look out for the wellbeing of vulnerable and disabled people within their jurisdiction figure in all of this? Notice how time and again they pay lip service and mouth the mantra ‘ protecting vulnerable people’ – but the reality is something else altogether.

When approached, Angela Eagle, the Wallasey MP who covers Leasowe seemed like a possible way forward with this issue.
However Eagle, who did nothing publicly for her own disabled constituents when they had £736,756.97 removed unlawfully from their bank accounts over 9 years by Wirral Council, once again fell in behind the council position, preferring to ignore the looming threat to her disabled constituents, and to protect her party-political friends instead.
Whereas in Wirral West, Margaret Greenwood MP has many constituents who will be adversely affected and has taken the issue up. Watch this (disabled parking) space.

 

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #19

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON PROPOSED PARKING CHARGES BEFORE JUNE 22

Derby Pool car park users have their say now its up to the rest of you to let Wirral Council know that drivers aren’t cash cows to fund fat cats.

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF THE WEEK

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Here’s the latest artist’s impression for Wirral Waters (are they still calling it that?)

Apparently so :

As well as creating a hub for marine ‘entrepreneurship, enterprise, skills and culture’, the complex will revamp the 1860s central hydraulic tower and engine house designed by Jesse Hartley as a copy of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The Grade II-listed building was bombed during the Second World War and has remained largely derelict ever since.

Read more here : Wirral Waters Marine Complex

It wouldn’t surprise us that the next thing you know Wirral Council leader  Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies and the usual crew from the Wirral Chamber of Commerce will be jetting off to Italy to twin Birkenhead with Florence!

However it seems to us that Wirral Waters continues to progress with its opportunistic, ad hoc  developments. A dementia care village here, a marine complex there etc; etc ; – backed by a never ending portfolio of artist’s impressions . All very eyecatching – but not as eyecatching as the big red bridge in Tower Road that is still resolutely refusing to be put back in its place.

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Pic courtesy of Wirral Globe

BAMBOO HULLABALOO

From “Save Our Social Housing” Facebook group :

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Might we suggest that Labour Party members approach Wirral Councillors who sit on Magenta Living’s Board and particularly their Labour representatives Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes and Cllr Stuart ‘Witless’ Whittingham (or even Tory councillor  Jeff Green – after all he is Foulkesy’s ‘kindred’). Or perhaps not……

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AND FINALLY ……THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Details of  latest Wirral councillors ‘Gifts and Hospitality’ register has been published . Needless to say we were particularly drawn to Council leader  Power Boy Pip’s entries. which are as follows :

Birkenhead and Tranmere leader of the council Cllr Phil Davies

March 11, 2018: Visit to New York for the City Leadership initiative – March 11 to 15, 2018, offered by Bloomberg Foundation.

Accepted.  

Value: unknown.

November 28, 2017: Meal and concert ticket at the Echo Arena, Liverpool offered by The Contact Company.

Accepted.

Value: unknown.

As our eyewitness source told us last November the latter was not just a meal and concert ticket- Pip  was in a private box….

 

….council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies , seen bopping away in a PRIVATE box in the Liverpool Echo Arena at last night’s Queen & Adam Lambert concert, paid for the dubious privilege or at least made an appropriate conflict of interest declaration. Just sayin’ …… Full story here : A Repulsive Exclusive

We thought at the time that Pip could have been enjoying the hospitality of the Liverpool Echo itself  but it now transpires that he was the beneficiary of Asif Hamid’s largesse (!) via The Contact Company . As far as we’re concerned this is considerably worse in terms of conflict of interest , especially when you consider that Hamid is the Chair of Wirral Chamber of Commerce who have been the beneficiaries of Wirral Council generosity when it comes to giving the Chamber  grace and favour properties – sometimes at peppercorn rent. We would’ve thought that it would have been prudent of Pip to think twice before accepting such a gift.

But then we suppose this is nothing new for Pip. After all he is used to dancing to an old Queen’s tune isn’t he?…….