The Genuine Article 2 : Where ‘Tory Cuts’ is not a typo…

For political balance we had to comment on last week’s Wirral Globe wraparound following our The Genuine Article : Can you spot the difference between news headlines and political adverts?  post where we questioned the ethics of paying for ‘Advertisement Features’ that look like news stories.

This time it’s the local Labour Party that are at it (for circa £5K a pop). And needless to say what a pisspoor job they make of it. In the absence of any radical political ideas of their own they just resort to the mantra ‘ Tory Cuts’ (not a typo) which seems to be the order of the day. The front page contains 5 variations on this theme  (count ’em). Valid maybe, but bloody repetitive and lazy at the same time…

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Talking of right wing the big news on the Labour front is that right out of left field (or should that be right field?) we hear that Cllr Paul Stuart is currently being promoted as the future Labour Group leader of choice of those who get a bit upset when it comes to the words ‘socialist’, ‘democracy’ and ‘Corbyn’.

We’re not complaining . With Cllr Stuart as ‘Leader’ of anything whatsoever it will be like shooting fish in a barrel when it comes to political satire…

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #12

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WHAT A WASTE

We’d like to thank the Wirral Leaks reader who sent us the above snapshot which is supposed to represent what Wirral life is like after you’ve made an additional payment over and above your council tax for Wirral Council to deal with your waste . It made us ask ourselves why we ever left Wirral and then we remembered amongst many other things that nepotism , undue deference and general subservience wasn’t for us.

Whilst it seems to be a case of ‘another week, another advertisement feature’ in Wirral Globe it really makes us wonder what made Wirral Globe so popular with Wirral Council all of a sudden – especially when they’ve got their own sewage outlet with Wirral View. Perhaps someone can enlighten us. Oh , wait a minute , they already have!

What’s more we were told :

It’s US-sourced stock photo library time again in Wallasey. This scene of glamorous young people at a barbecue in Tranmere is so typical of life round here.

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Ain’t it just! We thought it was just us who didn’t buy the happy,shiny, ethnically diverse people malarkey! Lazy,unimaginative,insensitive and out of touch with reality – yes, that’s Wirral Council folks!

As for the comment on the right of our picture which reads ‘paper is inside’ shouldn’t that be ‘ paper is on the inside’ …….of the ‘Inner Ring’ that is. What a difference a tape makes! Just sayin’ !

SPRIGGS HAS SPRUNG

Keeping the seasonal theme it would appear that not only has spring has sprung so has Cllr Christine Spriggs – sprung into action that is after last week’s post where we questioned the lack of activity when it came to Wirral Council’s  Imagine Wirral programme. Subsequently a Wirral Leaks observer wrote to us to say :

Further strange odd coincidences… you will recall my email to you when I mentioned that there had been nil activity on the Imagine Wirral twitter account since its Feb 18th launch date….

And then of course (yesterday?) you posted a comment about Imagine Wirral – and asked a question to Cllr Christine Spriggs….

But then guess what? The Imagine Wirral Twitter account suddenly appears to have lots of activity on it… and guess who’s ‘tweets’ are very prominent?

Of course just an ‘odd’ coincidence…                            .

And here is another photo from elsewhere…from a couple of ‘election’ days ago.Haha

 

FROM A BANG TO A WHIMPER

We’ve been asked what questions you should ask those smiley people with rosettes (do they still wear rosettes?) currently interrupting your favourite TV programme. That’s up to you and what you feel is important to you ,your family and community – potholes? dog crap? litter? incompetence,dishonesty and corruption? However one reader has made the following suggestion :

My dear Lordship,

In this time of local elections I have been confused by silence. Only a week ago it was reported that the government were allocating a million pounds to the businesses of central Salisbury following the alleged Russian poisoning scandal. This was to support the local shopkeepers who had lost trade due to the tourists and locals steering a wide berth from the town centre.

I seem to remember there is another centre of a town on the Wirral that people are currently steering a wide berth from due to the fact, “It no longer exists, having been blown to bits”.

The good people of New Ferry are probably too shocked following the explosive nature of the incident to ask the question.

And what is the question you may ask?

Why is there no indignation from the local MP’s and councillors in regard to this matter. Or as in the case of a certain former Eastham school, is the land earmarked for a super housing development. Just asking your Lordship?

Regards

AND FINALLY…….. FROM INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE TO DEMENTIA CARE VILLAGE

Meanwhile it’s a case of another week, another artist’s impression!

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We still haven’t had a grovelling apology from Wirral Council about Wirral Waters and how they were duped by a Hong Kong bankrupt by the name of Stella Shiu and wasted thousands of £££££’s on far eastern jaunts in the hope of financing an ‘International Trade Centre’ . Instead it would appear we’re getting a ‘Dementia Care Village’ that is reminiscent of East German brutalist architecture from the 1970’s !

Whilst there is still a prize to be had for the person who tells us whatever happened to the portrait of Shiu that hung adjacent to the Wirral Council CEO’s office ,perhaps the Deputy Leader of Wirral Council Cllr George Davies can finally admit that Shiu was “ bloody useless….” . Or perhaps not!

 

 

 

Wirral Leaks Says ‘Au Revoir Mes Amis’

Ce n’est pas un adieu, c’est qu’un au revoir 

As we finally pack our bags for our new life in the South of France (and boy do we have baggage) we feel to need to finally clarify what the situation is with regards to the future of Wirral Leaks.

After extensive discussions with interested parties the situation is this  – we have reached the abyss. As our friend Fred said :

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”

However – our work is not done. Why should Wirral Council have an easy ride into the abyss – and on a less philosophical note we want a million hits on our WordPress site (and we’re so very,very close).

So let’s peer into the abyss a little longer. There is unfinished business.

So whilst our faculties are failing and it may be a case of ‘begone dull care’ we understand our public service responsibilities (unlike those at Wirral Council) .

Not only are there are local elections in 2018 there are some unresolved matters that as much as Wirral Council and their influential partners want to shove as far away as they can – we’re having none of it!

Having said that any future leaks we receive have to be on the Exxon Valdez scale of damage. We just want to be in a position to raise ourselves gently up from our sun lounger , take a sip on our pousse-café and press the publish and be damned button.

Meanwhile it has been agreed that there will be an occasional column from His Lordship titled :

” Thoughts from Abroad”

And one from Her Ladyship titled :

“Thoughts from A Broad”

We also welcome contributions from approved campaigners and our esteemed regulars – The Prof, The Doc and Highbrow and any others who are able to meet the high standards of our regular roster of writers.

We particularly look forward to the work of Wirral Guerilla who tell us they’re taking our fight to the streets and as much as they admire satire they think that direct action is much more effective. We wouldn’t disagree. Go, Wirral Guerilla!

In the meantime you’ll have to endure expensive advertisement features  such as this:

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and expensive sponsored features disguised as journalism featuring the likes of Simone ‘Rhyming Slang ‘ White :

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….and which of course WE all pay for!

But finally we’d like to give all of our readers a great big send off and thank you for all your kind comments and support over the years. Let’s just let’s hope our brakes haven’t been tampered with as we travel ‘La Grande Corniche’ to our place in the sun!

Keep on leakin’ !

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