Lady Leader 2 : Degg Gegs In

As you know we like to keep up to date with Wirral Leaks favourites especially those that courted controversy and have made great copy for us over the years.

Therefore imagine our delight when one of our readers contacted us to say that they felt the need to prick up their ears when it was announced that Wirral Council alumna and former communications czarina Emma Degg was gegging in on the central government enforced Greater Manchester Tier 3 debate and the Andy Burnham/Boris Johnson battle of wills.

Ms Degg in her role as the Chief Executive of North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) felt the need to present a statement to the LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation) radio station.

Unfortunately our reader and LBC listener was not able to recall the details of the statement but was left wondering as to whether Degg was morphing into pompous political commentator Robert Peston?…

Troubled,Muddled & Puddled

Mad Frank

We were casually observing the crowning of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader yesterday and looking out for our 4 local Labour MPs.

We saw Wallasey MP Angela Eagle mingling forlornly in the background looking like a lost sheep with a bad dye job after losing the Deputy Leader vote and Wirral South MP Ali Mac in her best funeral outfit angling for a post in the Shadow Cabinet despite backing Liz Kendall in the leadership contest.

We didn’t spot Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood who we think is just happy to be an anonymous MP and is well suited to the role.However whilst we didn’t clock Birkenhead MP Frankenfield we anticipated that he’d be delighted at Corbyn’s success especially as he’d made a song and dance about nominating him for the Labour leadership.

Or perhaps not!

As ever – nothing is as it seems with Our Frankie as despite nominating Corbyn he said he wasn’t going to vote for him in the leadership contest – as he explained back in July :

“My disappointment is what I hoped in getting Jeremy into the race is it would begin a debate. Jeremy is Jeremy and none of the others are prepared to challenge the impossibility of his programme.

However, Frank Field said if Corbyn were to win it would turn the party into a “political sect” and likely put Labour out of power for years.

“If he wins it brings a crisis point the Labour party is going to face. Is it going to be a party that serves the activists and develops as effectively a pressure group, becomes a sect in British politics, or is it actually going to be a party that is going to regain power? And there is no way we’re going to regain power with Jeremy’s programme.”

So not exactly a ringing endorsement of the new Labour leader from Frankenfield then !.

But is anyone out there buying Frankenfield’s muddled thinking that his nomination for Corbyn was to spark “debate” rather than split the vote to prevent a Blairite (and especially Andy Burnham ) from getting the leadership nod?.Birkenhead’s MP has further stated that Corbyn’s success was a damning indictment of the failures of the other three candidates. As he spouted forth on this morning’s Sky News Corbyn’s  rivals : “offered nothing but thin Blair gruel” and in what seemed to us like an allusion to the current refugee crisis engulfing Europe he also stated that “Corbyn will direct the Labour ship to waters where the voters are not…..” 

No wonder Frankenfield is the Daily Mail’s Labour rent-a-gob.He now seems to be so out of touch with grass roots Labour supporters and their new found optimism that he truly does seem to be mutating into the vintage Steve Bell cartoon above (apologies for the poor reproduction) which presciently suggested even in 1997 that Frankenfield was the mutant lovechild of late Tory tyro “Mad Monk” Sir Keith Joseph with their jointly held right wing ideology of a behaviourally induced underclass which is not supported by research evidence and  “Mad” Frankie Fraser with his ruthless gang mentality where the East End of London is substituted by the North End of Birkenhead.

Of course we are particularly gleeful at Leaky Towers that the amateur hour Machiavellian plan has blown up in Frankenfield’s face as we are hoping that something similar will happen with the shady shenanigans that he has been involved with on the local political scene and which finally suggest to us that “The Unthinkable Frankie Field” is not only troubled and muddled – he’s utterly puddled.

Manifesto of Death

Andy Burnham gives a visual assessment of Wirral politicians.....

Andy Burnham gives a visual assessment of Wirral politicians…..

And so like Alice Cooper in a polyester suit screaming ” I Wanna Be Elected” the bullshit fiesta continues with Andy Burnham flattering Wirral with his presence this week backed with singers from the same hymn book – Sister Stooge.
” We are family ,I got all my sistas with me” sing Labour mavens Ali McGovern and Mags Greenwood as they join Andy in setting up shop in Hoylake’s Holiday Inn – and setting Wirral to rights…… starting with Arrowe Park Hospital .


Considering that one of Frankenfield’s pet peeves is that “Arrowe Park Hospital is ungovernable” it is curious that he wasn’t involved in this particular media assault – but then the Birkenhead MP can act like a petulant diva when it comes to sharing the stage with another local MP – and particularly someone with such lovely long eyelashes as Andy Burnham! As Her Ladyship said : ” I can only hope he was an inspiration to prospective West Wirral MP Margaret Greenwood – that woman is clearly a stranger to mascara”.

Arrowe Park Hospital may be the local battleground where Labour politicians have chosen to set up their shock troops but it seems to us that they really need to get their battle plan sorted beforehand .Conflicting PR stunts made it seem like a case of left hand meet, er , left hand………  On the very same day Burnham and co were railing against the creeping privatisation of the NHS ( accelerated by the last Labour government but Andy doesn’t let facts get in the way of feigned outrage) Labour council leader Power Boy Pip was announcing a successful bid for government money to enable the private sector to play a major role in a “new model health care for Wirral” !

Pip heralded this further contribution to the dismantling of the NHS with this glorious piece of gobbledygook:

“We aim to test, evidence and disseminate the opportunities to be gained from an integrated approach with aligned incentives to manage improved outcomes for patients.”  CLICK HERE

We believe these are the weasel words which are the smoke and mirrors ultimately leading the people of Wirral to sleepwalk into the slow death of the NHS.

Of course the other part of this “integrated approach” is Wirral Council itself and particularly it’s social services. So we need to ask ourselves how has Adult Social Services (ASS) in particular been doing since the publication of damning report after damning report which lead to…… well, not much actually. From what we hear it’s very much “business unusual” with a deeply entrenched bullying culture (some parts of the department being subject to Marshall Law) and cronyism which simply Beyga’s belief……..
Under such circumstances it comes as no su prise to read claims that, in an aim reduce costs ASS, are taking “short cuts” when it comes to assessing the needs of vulnerable people.  CLICK HERE 

Wirral Leaks notes such “short cuts” usually lead to a slippery slope and that the Globe report rightly referenced the notorious and heinous 4 week delay policy which was based on the premise that costs could be cut by denying meeting the needs of vulnerable people’s legally assessed needs for at least 4 weeks in the hope that – in the words of social work “professional” – that the people they were paid to support might die in the meantime and thus save ASS a few quid.

But then we need to remember that ASS undermined the professional status of their social workers by employing non-qualified staff to undertake assessments and who are therefore less likely to question such unlawful practice.  Is it any wonder that it has been reported to us that one of these social work subs (as in substandard) recently asked a shocked and appalled carer how long their child had had Downs Syndrome! Yes folks that is what currently passes for social care assessment on Wirral and again is it any wonder that ASS are having to pay social workers extra money so they can retain the qualified staff who have been leaving in droves to spare themselves the soul-destroying,money-saving monotony which is so far removed from why came into social care in the first place.

Therefore can we suggest that before the prospective Health Secretary sees fit to share his future vision of health and social care on Wirral he needs to understand what is really going on locally and not what he’s told by local politicians and high -ranking officials……………somebody needs to whisper these 3 little words into Mr.Burnham’s ear : “Mid -Staffordshire Hospital.”