Frank Field’s Forty Glorious Years

You may have noticed that lately we’ve been prone to a bit of introspection which has often led us to question ourselves and ask – “Is it us?”

Are we too caustic? too mischievous? (© Wirral Globetoo poisonous? too insulting?(© Cllr Steve Foulkes) . As that Fred guy said : Have we been gazing into the abyss for too long?… 

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… And then you lovely people send us stuff and we realise “Nah, it’s not just us, its all gone to shit out there and we are compelled to record the end of times and wonder how did it all get so messed up with the only things we have at our disposal – words and pictures…

Which brings us to this particular item. Which we’ll leave here for you to ponder on for a few moments :

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There’s not much more we need to say other than no wonder our source titled their email to us :

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The email read : Feeding Birkenhead no expense spared lol

Further information that was sent made us question as to whether our source was winding us up.

Wilfred Owen Choir are serenading and receiving goodie bags . Bet you the Cammell Laird bosses were there.

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Along with the ‘Sold Out’ banner this was now getting simply beyond parody – but we’ll give it a go anyway :

Hello , everyone. My name is Si Coffant and I’ll be your host tonight at this glittering occasion. Firstly, I’d like to welcome all you ladies and gentleman and particularly the ‘Right Honourable Gentleman’ himself and star of the show, Mr Frank Field (applause). Tonight at ‘The Lauries’ we’re keeping it classy. After all , ‘Frank is in da house ‘ so it’ll be more House of Commons than House of Commoners . So, sorry they’ll be no ‘Agadoo’, bingo and throwing up behind the bins tonight (laughter). Instead ,ladies and gentlemen ,we’ve got the Wilfred Owen choir who are going to serenade you with some of ‘Our Wilf’s’ greatest hits – ‘Futility ‘, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, and that catchy little number ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ (applause). So as you tuck into a nice bit of scran please feel free to join in with the choir as they sing about slaughter on the battlefields of Europe . Yes, it’s a bit like Brexit set to music! (laughter) . But seriously ladies and gentlemen – let’s not forget the real reason we’re here tonight. Yes,that’s right – tonight is about all of us who have personally benefitted from ‘Frank Field’s Forty Glorious Years’ as the MP for Birkenhead…Oh and charidee, let’s not forget to mention it’s all about charidee for the starving mites. So raise your glasses and be grateful for the fact that if you didn’t have Frank’s patronage you too could be destitute and cast aside on the mean streets of Birkenhead. Make mine a treble !!!

Our source put it more succinctly but no less sarcastically :

The Lauries is celebrating 40 years of the great Frank Field  lol

His legacy – a starving community

For those with the stomach for it you can read more on the Frank Field’s Birkenhead Community News Facebook page which is promoted and published by Anna McLaughlin, who as we all know is the daughter of dedicated Frank Field fan Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ McLaughlin. Needless to say Matron was there along with fellow ‘Independent’ Cllr Chris Meaden.

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As the poor loves don’t seem get out as much as they used to we wonder if the Wirral council taxpayers are still picking up Matron’s taxi fares or whether they were both chauffeur driven to Feeding Birkenhead’s Fundraising Dinner? After all it was in the name of  charity and they did raise a mighty 3 grand… 

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Matron takes her place at the top table. She’s to the left of Field. But then again who isn’t?

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It’s always best experiencing poverty vicariously. Preferably viewed  through the window sipping a bit of fizz…

 

 

Reds Go for Greens

As this leak from the Labour Campaign Forum (LCF) proves the campaigning for the local elections to be held in May has already begun.

The man in charge (no laughing at the back) is LCF Secretary  Cllr Paul Stuart, a man who is a past master at plotting and scheming as certain members of the Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) can testify.

As you can see the local Labour Party has but one target in May and that is to oust Pat Cleary the incumbent Green councillor in Birkenhead & Tranmere .

The campaign is based on the desperate, lazy and unimaginative # VoteGreenGetBlue . The man they’re relying on to achieve a Birkenhead & Tranmere Labour stranglehold is Paul Jobson (see below). Doesn’t he look peachy keen in his Labour Party fleece with his name on? Bless! Just to reinforce the lowest common denominator aspect Jobson is seen here being promoted on the Frank Field’s Community News Facebook page (run by Anna McLaughlin – daughter of Labour Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ McLaughlin) . No doubt to enable him to trade on the Field brand name. It’s just a shame that Jobson has chosen to promote his credentials by purloining the single -use plastic (SUP) campaign championed by , yes you guessed it ,Cllr Pat Cleary. Oops!

Read all about it here : Cutting Plastic Waste In Wirral

As a source tells us : “The motion, to begin with, was highjacked by the Labour Party in the form of a press release and a story with their friends at the (Liverpool) Echo.”

More a case of #VoteRedGetGreen ! This is reinforced by our final picture as it would seem that Team Foulkes may have misunderstood the Cllr Stuart memo! Oops ! they did it again! #LETSGOGREEN

 

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Media Guru Goes Underground

 

Note : Screenshots removed at the request of M.Liptrot, esq.

 

My how we laughed at Leaky Towers when we found out that on the same day we questioned just how media savvy Wirral Council’s controversial spin doctor Martin Liptrot aka Liptrotsky really was that his Twitter account suddenly became protected and his Facebook page is no longer accessible to the public !. Which all sounds a bit of a PR disaster for Wirral Council’s PR maestro . Under the circumstances it’s ironic that the header on his Twitter account (98 Republic @nyblue66) reads :

“Talk But Don’t Say Anything”  

I suppose we could always ask to become Friends with him on Facebook and mingle with Wirral’s political elite. The entry requirements to this exclusive club appear to be  – Do you : a) support Everton Football Club and b) suffer from Malignant Narcissistic Personality Order .

Fortunately some Liptrotsky followers managed to salvage some screenshots from the PR car-crash for posterity.

As we think we’ve covered Liptrotsky’s blatant political campaigning/posturing we thought we’d pick out a couple of posts that particularly interested us.

We love the hubris of the post above  – “Interested in managing your reputation? looking to avoid a major pr disaster hoping to build trust and loyalty with your customers , staff and stakeholder”

Talk about spin doctor heal thyself!.

However we were particularly interested to see a few comments from our old friend and obviously still Liptrotsky’s  friend former Wirral Council Chief Executive Graham Burgess(ki) ! .  I think we can all work out how this networking/nepotism  thing works now can’t we ?. In a thread also featuring  Labour insider  Anna McLaughlin – scion of  Cllr Matron McLaughlin –  sniping about Liptrotsky’s office in Wallasey Town Hall  Burgesski pops up to say :

“Been there……..Need decent accommodation…and more important good member support”

 

Of course we know about Burgesski thinking he was a Captain of Industry rather than a jumped up town hall clerk and his attempts to turn the town hall into a stately pleasuredome .

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However we were particularly intrigued by Burgesski’s comment about “good member support” as we know it all went a bit tits up towards the end on the members front (if you’ll pardon the expression).

“Hopefully they’ve solved the second challenge !!” chips in Liptrotsky chirpily.

After this weeks revelations and evasions we’d be interested to know  how  that second challenge working out for Liptrotsky!?. It’s just such a shame he can’t share the benefit of his experience via social media!.