One of the advantages of the nights drawing in is the opportunity to hunker down under the duvet and review the prolific output of esteemed local videographer John Brace.
What will we do when Wirral Council start filming their own meetings next year and we can no longer view the unedited, unexpurgated and unrehearsed proceedings that ,laughably, are held in the name of local democracy?
Talking of laughing, my how we laughed at Leaky Towers at the sight of the chair of the Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee , Cllr Michael ‘Wild-Eyed’ Sullivan, having a pop at fellow Labour councillor Ron Abbey (and Cllr Jerry Williams) for contemptuously putting his coat on, throwing his agenda in the bin and walking away before this particular meeting had finished. Of course we know that Cllr Abbey is a graduate of the Cllr Harry SmithCharm School so we expect nothing less from this bellicose bruiser. However it’s a high five from Wirral Leaks to Cllr Sullivan, who Her Ladyship describes as a looking like a ‘ Dapper Psychopath’ , and that’s a compliment by the way. You can view the hilarity here from 6:38 – Sullivan v Abbey spat
On a rather more serious note we’d like to ask Mark ‘ Nodding Dog’ Niblock (astonishingly) Wirral Council’s Head of Infernal Audit – do you think it is appropriate to give Robin Baker the thumbs up when it is announced by Cllr Adrian ‘ Welsh Windbag’ Jones , the chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee,that the Grant Thornton external audit contract has been renewed for another 5 years – for ‘services (not) rendered’. Niblock and Baker – a sweetheart contract made in hell. And unfortunately we’re paying for it!
We’ve been musing on this car parking malarkey and we’re still trying to make sense of the madness. Last night’s Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee did nothing to dispel the notion that something amiss is going on here.
For a start haven’t we been down this road (pun intended) before? We remember that The Brand New Brighton Rocks On campaign forced Wirral Council to do a U-turn on parking charges in New Brighton in 2015. Now Wirral Council are thinking out of the box (and out of their minds) by proposing parking charges all over the place.
The Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Michael Sullivan was at pains to explain during his comedy turn at chairing the meeting that these were only proposals, nothing had been decided and they had statutory duties . We assumed the main statutory duty was to cause as much dissent and opposition to the proposals as possible. In which case – job done!
It has been suggested by one of our commentators that :
Everyone seems to assume that this proposal is real. Wirral has form for putting forward proposals similar to this so they can be withdrawn as a demonstration of “listening to the public” Standard PR tactic. What is it within budget proposals they are trying to draw fire from?
An interesting viewpoint and one we would certainly give credence to having observed the ‘bureaucratic machinations’ of Wirral Council over the years. Especially when the controversy over these proposals is creating a bigger smokescreen than a broken exhaust pipe. Perhaps to hide something even more toxic?
We also note how teen sensation Labour Cllr Warren Ward was given the elder statesman role as the rest of the councillors on the committee backed his notice of motion calling for an impact report on the proposals.
We anticipate this impact report will be very short and read : CATASTROPHIC