Food for Thought

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We were on the fence about deeply ambitious,relatively new Labour councillor Jo Bird but there’s one thing we can’t stand (among many other things) it’s political hypocrisy.

This week we found Cllr Bird railing against the excesses of local councillors and their love of a good nosh up and a free bar at council taxpayers expense and how she would be inviting the underprivileged foodbank users to future events. How very Lady Bountiful! Read here

We know this is a deeply unpopular view but popularity is one thing we’ve never courted (although our growing number of followers testifies otherwise) . The thing is at Leaky Towers we take a very dim view of foodbanks.  For the record we find them to be a queasy mix of political point scoring , virtue signalling , increasing dependency and masking the true extent of inequality . Having said that they’re not as vomit-inducing as freeloading councillors so you would think we’d welcome Cllr Bird’s headline grabbing heartfelt plea.

However we’d have much more respect for Bird if she had boycotted being a guest at a lavish ‘free’  reception for the ‘Giants’ in Liverpool recently and hadn’t tucked into the hospitality offered at the installation of Mayor on 13th May and instead stayed at home and caught up on her Karl Marx rather than going to the press ten days later with an onion pressed to her eyes to squeeze out the tears of pity for the poor!

Perhaps she took a goodie bag to stuff with smoked salmon and roasted mediterranean vegetables to distribute to the destitute on her way home?…

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New Ferry,Old Tricks Part 3

 

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So here’s another campaign we’re willing to support –  ‘Justice for New Ferry’ 

From Cllr Jo Bird’s Facebook page announcing the campaign comes this catty response from Cllr Janette ‘Ex-Milly Tant’ Williamson:

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Meow!

Apparently there’s only room for one Queen B in the Labour Cabinet and it ain’t Ms Bird! So much for the socialist sistahood!…

Meanwhile Justice for New Ferry campaigner Christopher Lee-Power (what a great name) tells us :

On 10 December 2018. Wirral Council announced a new hardship fund “£200,000” for the New Ferry victims of the blast. The criteria would be different from other hardship funds, such as the Local Welfare Assistance scheme,

As a victim along with others who have suffered for two years since the New Ferry Explosion was shocked to read in an email from Cllr Pat Hackett which reserved, that they would not be able to meet us victims until after a meeting about  how they should spend the £200,000 that had been allocated by the previous council.

As victims, we were led to believe that this fund had been allocated as a Hardship Fund for the victims of the New Ferry Explosion.   “Earlier this month, the council approved £200,000 to support residents and businesses affected by the explosion.”   https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/17518576.into-the-light-to-mark-second-anniversary-of-new-ferry-explosion/

Justice For New Ferry which has been set up by our community wrote to Pat Hackett requesting that we could meet with him to discuss the fund as we had heard that it would not be used for the victims as mentioned in the press but allocated to others. As you appreciate we needed to find out if this was true as the victims have had a difficult journey over the last 2 years and financially it has had a huge impact on us all. To be told that there would be hardship fund for us victims and then they do a U-turn is heartbreaking.

Pat wrote back saying that we could meet after they had discussed the fund. To schedule a meeting with the victims after discussing the allocation of £200,000 is just ridiculous  The council is making a decision before meeting with those affected.

This needs to be looked into.

We’ll do our best but the only power that Wirral Council usually adhere to is the abuse of…

New Ferry, Old Tricks – Part 1

Despite recent TV coverage which showed the victims of the 2017 New Ferry explosion showing some of that Dunkirk spirit in the face of adversity it would seem that our old adversary Wirral Council are doing everything they can to bayonet their ambitions to resurrect the devastated area.

We can tell that when the distressed victims of the New Ferry explosion are getting increasingly frustrated with Wirral Council and get in touch with us for help.

So kudos to newly elected Labour councillor Jo Bird who has put the New Ferry case  to new Labour ‘leader’ Cllr Pat Hackett :

Spot the wannabe politician as Hackett responds :

Dear Jo,

Thank you for the email. As I am sure you can imagine Cabinet members have a really busy agenda over the next few weeks, which includes policy and officer meetings and training.

Please be assured that New Ferry is high on our list of priorities.

We are due to debate a report in a months time around how to spend the £200,000 that was allocated by the previous Cabinet.

Given all the above I suggest we schedule any meeting for after the report has been discussed and a decision made around how to spend the funding.

As I said the report is due in one month, I will contact you again after this time.

Many thanks
Pat

Cllr Pat Hackett
Wirral Council – Leader
New Brighton Ward
Telephone: 07771972302
Email: pathackett@wirral.co.uk

Wirral Leaks response :  The new ‘leader’ of Wirral Council likes underlining/patronising doesn’t he? Let’s call him ‘Patronising Pat’ from here on in shall we kids?

Feel free to call both of them on their mobiles btw. After all they both are public servants and should be directly answerable to the people of Wirral after all – and wouldn’t that be a refreshing change boys and girls? And what’s more you probably pay their phone bills anyway…

Part 2 tomorrow. Oh! it is tomorrow. Apologies – Part 2 on this slow moving but significant story will arrive shortly …

 

Crossing the Party Line

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We feel a clarification is in order following our unexpected mention at last week’s Council meeting where Cllr Mary Jordan said :

“Making jokes about the holocaust crosses that line, a line which even Wirral Leaks recognise…”

See webcast at 2:14:00 onwards.

Whilst we hope that Cllr Jordan wasn’t impugning our good/bad name with that comment we really need to make it clear that our Jo given the Bird in the Phoney War of Words  story to which she was referring was commenting on the fact we considered – and at the end of the day who are we to judge? – that comments made last year by Cllr Jo Bird  a woman of Jewish heritage referencing the holocaust were crass/insensitive/unfunny. And once again – who are we judge on that score? But were they really worthy of censure and suspension by the Labour Party ? Absolutely not and thankfully they have since been rescinded.

What Cllr Jordan fails to mention is the fact that our post called into question the repercussions that followed Cllr Bird’s comments and the collusion of her Jordan’s own local party with conduct far more worthy of moral and political outrage. But perhaps the subtleties of this website – and we do have some – are lost on those wanting to cite our wayward scripture for their own warped purpose.

But then political hypocrisy is not confined to the opposition benches at Wirral Council. Just prior to Cllr Jordan’s ‘faux outrage’ (© ex- Cllr Matthew Patrick)  Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ McLaughlin had been banging on about the newly arrived scourge of anti-semitism that didn’t seem to concern Labour councillors until very recently. Astonishingly she  mentioned the threat of involvement of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)  in investigating  anti-semitism within the Labour Party. Could this be the same EHRC that found that the Wirral Council had discriminated against disabled people under her oversight? The same people whose letter she had hushed up when former Conservative councillor Simon Mountney had handed out the EHRC verdict to councillors?

Nevertheless Cllr McLaughlin and her tag-a-long political follower Cllr Chris Meaden saw fit to walk out of the Wirral Council chamber , along with ‘outraged’ Conservative councillors , at the Council budget meeting held on March 4 at exactly the point when Cllr Bird was attempting to put her comments into context and talking about her Jewish heritage and her family’s persecution during the holocaust.

Under the circumstances the comments of Cllr Jordan, the actions of Cllr  McLaughlin  and Conservative councillors strike us as yet another example of the flagrant hypocrisies of our local political classes which currently makes them indivisible.

Pip’s Poisoned Chalice : Who will follow the ‘Leader’ ?

Well, it all seems to be a bit of a death wish  – or should that be witch hunt – situation  with the local Labour Party at the moment isn’t it? The local Tory group must be loving it as it follows their time honoured tradition of identifying the problems of others without having to find solutions of their own .

However the big question, not to mention the big challenge for the person who gets passed this particular poisoned chalice , is who will be the next ‘leader’ of the  local Labour Group at Wirral Council when – thank the Lord – Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies,   pops off to pastures new.

We suppose the big question between suspensions, deselections and ‘retirements’ is whether there will be anyone left to choose from? By rights the obvious choice at the moment would be Cllr George Davies,  especially now that his co-Deputy Leader  Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Nooney has been rumbled by her local Constituency Labour Party .  But surely even the local Labour Party wouldn’t opt  for a racist liar as their leader?  But then again didn’t they once have Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes as their head honcho so we suppose anything is possible!

Historically,  the selection process and outcome was fairly straightforward. Birkenhead MP Frank Field just made his preference known and it was a done deal. The only criteria would be that the Labour leader at Wallasey Town Hall would bend to Frankenfield’s will. Both Foulksey and Pip fitted the bill perfectly.

Now currently local party members actually get to vote and are apparently being very careful not to upset the  Labour whip who is under the control of the current ruling cabal in case they lose their right to vote in the leadership contest. Well that was Cllr Tony ‘Tight Fit’ Norbury’s feeble excuse as to why he voted for continuing with the Hoylake Golf Resort proposal although he didn’t agree with doing so !

We don’t know whether Cllr Norbury is in the running to be Labour ‘leader’ as we know he wants the ‘top job’ as Labour’s next Parliamentary candidate for Birkenhead. We suppose he’s hedging his bets waiting the result of the Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party selection, which as we know had to be rearranged following the last debacle which we covered in this EXCLUSIVE : And the new Parliamentary Labour candidate for Birkenhead is…

What we do know that current Councillors Chris Meaden, Moira McLaughlin and  Mike Sullivan are out of the running as they’re now ‘Independent’ councillors. ‘Independent’ of what we ask ourselves? ‘Reality’ judging by the comments emanating from the ‘Three Stooges’ . “Be careful what you wish for. Our little group could hold the balance of power come May.” Cllr Sullivan is quoted as saying this week. Yes, Mike whatever you say but then we know you’re prone to a bit of the hyperbolics which nevertheless are always good for a laugh. As you can see below Cllrs McLaughlin / Meaden are already on the local campaign trail but then, as today’s Kingdom Security announcement confirms ,everything a local councillor does at the moment is all about electioneering . ‘ A Concerned Resident’ sends us this letter with the attached comment  :

MM:CMHi. This letter is currently being delivered to residents of Rock Ferry, signed by our two ‘independent’ councillors who “think it would be helpful to let people know” what they are up to. Looks like blatant electioneering to me, using taxpayers money to publicise themselves. 

Regards, A Concerned Resident

 

So who does this leave us with in the Labour Group leadership race? Any suggestions? Now that Cllr Jo Bird has been nobbled (for now anyway)  our ante-post tips would be Cllr Phill ‘Two L and Back’ Brightmore and  Cllr Janette ‘Milly Tant’ Williamson (Gawd ‘elp us) but then again there is former leader Yvonne Nolan waiting in the wings hoping to get elected in Rock Ferry . However the way things are going at the moment we advise ‘doing a Norbury’ and hedge your bets ’til the local election results are in and see what we’re, er, left with…

Jo given the Bird in the Phoney War of Words

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Dearie me,  no wonder we’re thinking of throwing the towel in . We know when we’re beat when what we’re increasingly being called upon to report on matters that are simply beyond parody –  and beyond a joke.  Moreover the political hypocrisy on display is playing havoc with our collective gag reflex.

Now we’ve long held our political system (and the institutions which support it) are broken beyond repair .The latest tragi-comic instalment in the Wirral section was acted out – and boy, do we mean acted – at Wallasey Town Hall last night as there was a Tory team flounce out of the Wirral Council Chamber in protest that Labour councillor Jo Bird being  allowed to go ahead with a speech  despite earlier being suspended – yes, another one – from the Labour Party. Cllr Bird’s suspension followed comments she made last year at a meeting in Manchester where she ‘ jokingly’ referred to ‘Jew Process” (geddit?) when it came to investigations about anti-semitism in the Labour Party and then riffed  on the near -sacred Pastor Martin Niemoller Nazi persecution quotation :

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It’s a quote that been adopted for various causes over the years – we’ve even used it – but is most closely associated with the Holocaust and it’s always useful to remember that Niemoller later expressed  regrets about his own anti-semitism .  Apparently Bird didn’t so much adopt as adapt this quote as follows :

“They came for the anti-zionists, and I stood up because I was not a target, I stood up in solidarity. And then they came for the socialists but they couldn’t get us because we were having a party, the Labour Party.”

Cllr Bird then went on to justify her comments at last night’s meeting :

“As you know from our last council meeting, this Birdie has a self-deprecating sense of humour.I am sorry for any offence caused by my plays on words – that was not my intention.”

Listen Jo , here’s a word  from the Wirral Leaks wise guys. We know a crap pun when we hear one – let’s face it we’ve made enough of ’em  – but really “Jew Process”  Jo ? Even speaking as a Jewish woman it seems crass and insensitive and well,  just not funny . We have to ask whether all things considered  and especially in the current  febrile political atmosphere was it worth it for a cheap laugh?

We’ll have a laugh and a joke at most things, especially those people and the institutions that you’re not supposed criticise. Whilst there are very few subjects we would consider off limits when it comes to humour it’s  a definite that the Holocaust would be one of them. As for your ‘self-deprecating’ sense of humour Jo,  either – a) you’re  not as funny as you think you are b) you’re not as funny as doting Cllr Tony Norbury thinks you are or c) you need a new scriptwriter…

However nobody comes out of last night’s debacle with any credit least of all the Tories. They’ve been quite happy to sit on their hands  when various witnesses testify that Cllr George Davies calls a former Wirral Council Director of Law A BLOODY USELESS CHINK  and even worse tries to organise a smear campaign against their then leader Jeff Green. Cllr Davies has spent the last six years (and lots of public money)  ensuring compromised ,corrupt  politicians and public officials protect him from any consequences. But then for all his pig ignorant racism  and arrogant untouchable corruption (which his party leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies has condoned – for he is a confirmed ear- witness to the notorious ‘Wirralgate’ recording ) for the so-called Tory ‘opposition’ Cllr George Davies is The ‘Right’ Kind of Labour Politician.

All of which makes last night’s petty  parade of ‘faux outrage’ (© ex Cllr Matthew Patrick) yet another example of the Tories hypocritical and empty political posturing… and if we hear a whispered and exasperated  cry of “Are they still banging on about Wirralgate?” emanating from the Tory benches we can only reply ” Yes, we are . It’s called being consistent,persistent and without contradiction… you really need to try it sometime…”

 

A Day of Protest at Wallasey Town Hall Part 2 : A scorched earth approach to Wirral’s Green Belt

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Many thanks to those who have sent us photos from last night’s extraordinary turnout at the Wirral Council Extraordinary Meeting to discuss Wirral’s Green Belt and specifically Notices of Motion on the Hoylake Golf Resort. There were many pictures to choose from but we’ve tried to keep them as apolitical as possible. We’ll be also be posting a couple of further candid shots later as we think they’re particularly telling and worthy of a post of their own.

When it came to it the Green Belt debate was by the by as the Labour group seemed to want to carry on their ongoing self-immolation in front of a large audience.  Not only do certain sections of the local Labour Party hierarchy seem to have a scorched earth policy when it comes to the Green Belt it also seems to apply to members of their own party.

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First up there was Cllr Chris Meaden and a ‘personal statement’  about her recent deselection about which you’d really need to have a heart of stone not to laugh. It was the usual unsubstantiated attacks on other Labour Party members and ‘poor-me’ on parade.The blown kisses to family members in the public gallery was a nice touch to end on.  There was a standing ovation from the Tory benches (yes, the Tory benches) as Meaden had previously warned that the Labour Group ,which she had been a part of for so many years, wouldn’t stand they’d been told they couldn’t ( by the party whip? The party ‘leader’? Sonic rays from outer space?) So does Meaden want us believe that  in all the years she’d been a councillor that she never followed such directions?  A sickening postscript to this show of disloyalty on both sides of the Labour schism was Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes telling Cllr Meaden he would still be her ‘fwend’ ! Not so much BFF but BSF!

Our favourite aspect of the night’s proceedings were the repeated digs from right across the political spectrum pointing to Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies’ failure of leadership. However it was best evidenced by Wirral’s most prominent political power couple Labour’s Cllr Jo Bird and Cllr Tony Norbury. We couldn’t help thinking that the former would make the better future leader but it was clear that she wanted shut of Pip pronto! Cllr Norbury was more mealymouthed about why he was voting against the Tory Notice of Motion to ditch the Hoylake Golf Resort (which was narrowly lost) claiming that the evening’s proceedings were a political stunt and protesting was a complete waste of time . Norbury thereby managed to alienate the public gallery and further protestors in the overflow Committee rooms.  Way to go, Tone!

Norbury went on to claim that although he agreed with the Notice of Motion a) he wouldn’t side with Tories and b) if he did he would be suspended by the Labour whip. So kudos goes to Labour Cllr Jean Robinson for sticking by her principles and calling time on the Council ‘leader’s expensive ego trip and not kowtowing to political pressure.Whether she’ll be suspended  by the Labour Group for doing so is a moot point but if she isn’t it will make Cllr Norbury’s protestations seem like empty words…

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Enter Stage Right

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One thing that we failed to mention in our Exit Stage Left story concerned with Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ McLaughlin’s bitter and twisted ‘personal statement’ at Monday’s full Council meeting was her mention of the threat of  the ideological driven ‘hard left’ and those who have ‘no ideology but will do the bidding’ . Like that’s never happened before! For far too long Labour councillors have been willing to back all kinds of abuses of power as long as they got an easy ride and the only ideology at play was pure self interest.

However Matron may want to do some research as to whether the ‘lefties’ are quite as ideologically pure and driven as she makes out.Also at Monday’s meeting Bromborough Labour councillors Jo Bird and Joe Walsh vote in favour of building a housing estate with a golf course attached on  Wirral’s Green Belt. Perhaps they think it’s for social housing and communal sporting facilities and not luxury homes and an exclusive private golf course?

Another example of Matron applying the blinkers when it came to having a pop at former Labour council leader Yvonne Nolan and her being ‘parachuted in’ to safe Labour ward was when it came to up and coming Labour councillor Liz Grey. As you can see from correspondence we’ve received below there is currently a ‘wrong’ and a ‘right’ sort of socialist. Which is which is becoming increasingly hard to tell!

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So as Frank Field prepares to embark on his new career as an ‘Educator’ with his new Free School for Birkenhead perhaps he has a position in mind for the rapidly rising star on Labour’s benches at Wirral Council

Elizabeth Grey ( Liz to the comrades) managed to convince the good members of Bidston St James to select her despite being another emigre . They also don’t seem to have a problem her being the Head of Religious Education at the prestigious (and private fee paying) Birkenhead School.

Comrade Grey obviously doesn’t see any problem with private education and would no doubt be an asset to Mr Field’s new school.Either way it’s reassuring that despite announcing his ‘retirement’ Phil Davies is still scrabbling around gettting as many of his place men (or women) into position as possible to try and force his Golf Course, Growth Company and privatisation of the NHS through before he leaves the people of Wirral to clean up his shitty mess…

The Party’s Over : Is Frank Field Killing The Thing He Loves?

We hate to renege on a promise but we thought we’d comment first on the reasons why Birkenhead MP Frank Field claims he has resigned the Labour Whip (although not the Labour Party) before we embark on uncovering why we really think he’s resorted to such desperate diversionary tactics.

But first let us thank our readers for the press extracts above and consider some facts surrounding this week’s grandstanding media onslaught. As we know facts are something that Field has a history of  ignoring , preferring instead opinions (particularly his own). The issues that led to his resigning the Labour Whip and, more importantly for Frank , wall to wall mainstream media coverage are set out in his resignation letter and expanded on in an ‘exclusive’ interview with the ever compliant and servile Liverpool Echo where apparently Field ‘opens his heart’. We don’t really need to do the punchline do we?

We’d now like to highlight  four salient points that may have been making the national headlines but have been somewhat lacking  in local knowledge.

ANTI-SEMITISM 

It would seem we’re not the only ones sitting here in utter bemusement wondering why Field the so-called ‘outspoken maverick’ all of sudden voices his public concern about anti-semitism in the Labour Party . We won’t dignify his declarations of concern with the term bandwagon-jumping. We prefer the words offensive, manipulative and exploitative . We’ll leave the last word on the matter to newly elected Labour councillor Jo ‘Lady in Red’ Bird who posted today on New Ferry & Bromborough Labour Party Facebook page :

Cllr Jo Bird is frankly fed up

I am a newly elected Labour councillor who is Jewish, in a ward bordering Birkenhead. Frank Field MP chose to use antisemitism as his excuse to resign from the Labour whip. I am frankly fed up of anti-Jewish racism being used as a political weapon to attack Labour Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader a few years ago, my Jewish lived experience is a ‘broad church’ Labour Party showing solidarity and support to the many as well as the Jews. More than 100 members from all wings of Wirral Labour Party worked together to elect me, in our successful local by-election this month. We spoke with over 2,100 residents and I heard no-one raise the issue of antisemitism. Unlike Frank Field, my constituents’ highest priority is ending cruel Conservative government cuts to services we all rely on. The New Ferry part of my ward was devastated by a huge explosion in March last year and the government’s response is shockingly pathetic.

ANTI- RACISM

Field is really pushing his luck with claims that the Labour Party should be ‘a champion against racism’ when we strongly assert that he knows HIS OWN ELECTORAL AGENT CLLR GEORGE DAVIES HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING RACIST. It is widely known that Davies has in the past used a racist slur ( “bloody useless Chink” ) during a recorded telephone conversation which was concerned with offering to settle a non-existent legal claim to someone to help organise a smear campaign against the then leader of the local Conservative group.  A later post will identify those who have either heard the recording, have a copy of the recording or know of the recording  and who have chose to collude with racism and criminality for personal and/or professional gain  – we guarantee it will certainly help clear up a few local mysteries.

And do we have to mention Cllr Davies’ old chum and former Labour leader of Wirral Council Cllr Steve Foulkes and his ex-Mayoress missus and their alleged shameful behaviour last year in Sorrento? Read here : Sorrento Shame : Holidaymakers claim they faced ‘racist abuse’

Was Frank himself ‘a champion against racism’ then?

BULLYING/INTIMIDATION/’NASTINESS’

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Field’s ramblings is the claims of bullying ,intimidation and what he calls with typical prissiness , ‘nastiness’.

As anyone who has dared to challenge the local Labour Party elite will testify that bullying and intimidation and abuse of power has been their modus operandi for as long as anyone can remember . Where was Field’s condemnation of ‘the corrosive culture’ of the Labour run administration as it was described in one of a number of damning reports concerning Wirral Council?

Perhaps the most disturbing and shameless  reference that Field has made is about former Wirral Council Labour councillor Louise Reecejones (LRJ)  . Wirral Leaks first reported concerns about LRJ’s conduct in 2015 – see Suspension Suspense and we have continued to do so,often exclusively ,to the extent that we are referenced in Wirral Council investigation reports. Again where was Field’s public condemnation of LRJ when as a Labour councillor she was found to have repeatedly breached Wirral Council’s Code of Conduct . Moreover did Field ever comment on the case of former Labour councillor Jim Crabtree convicted of making malicious calls to LRJ threatening to kill her and making specific reference to the murder that had occurred the very same day of Labour MP Jo Cox? If Field ever wanted a PROVEN case of criminal ‘nastiness’ this is it – Crabby – Guilty as Charged – but again not a peep from Field.

Now suddenly Field finds he has something to say about LRJ to fit with his current utterly contrived narrative and accuses LRJ of contributing to the death of former Wirral councillor Walter Smith. Although we have known about the allegations against Walter Smith and have made passing reference on our blog, out of respect for the dead and considering we’d never heard a bad word about him, we have refrained from publishing anything on the matter. Obviously Field has no such qualms about making serious accusations involving the death of a Labour colleague as a means  to substantiate his claims of bullying and intimidation within the local Labour Party.

The hypocrisy is staggering when you consider that Field has been the protector and benefactor of PROVEN liars, bullies and racists within the local Labour Party for many years. Could it be that Field has only suddenly become concerned about the matter of LRJ because it is she who chairs the Bidston & St James Labour group which initiated the removal of the whip by the Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party ?

Meanwhile Field is now making noises about standing as an Independent Labour candidate at the next General Election and sounding out the local electorate in the expectation that his adoring constituents will vote in their droves for the Pope of Poverty . We believe this is not a noble,principled stance but the Machiavellian manoeuvring of an egotistical, sanctimonious hypocrite. Didn’t we once say it would be his own hubris that would be his downfall ? Frank Field – ‘ The Truth Will Out’…

 

 

 

 

The Revolutionary Spirit

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OK it might be a bit of hyperbole on our part but do you sense the revolutionary spirit pervading the air ?  We suppose we need to clarify what we mean by that. We don’t mean storming the barricades and sitting at a guillotine with your knitting  – after all this is sleepy,complacent Wirral where political apathy has ,until recently, been the order of the day . However never before have we experienced such a willingness of local people to challenge the powers that be – whether it be litter enforcement fines,parking charges, NHS cuts ,threats to the Green Belt and the latest campaign by Wallasey Hands Off Our Fire Station (WHOOFS) which led to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority postponing closure proposals allowing the Fire Brigades Union and WHOOFS more time to campaign – and we say good luck to them!

We admit that we’re pushing it by claiming that Jo Bird being elected as Bromborough councillor to replace teen sensation Warren Ward with a 14% reduction in majority is also a sign of disaffection and mistrust of local politicians as it could equally be the aforementioned political apathy (as a 22.7% voter turnout is absolutely woeful) . However it does give us the opportunity to publish the Wirral Globe picture announcing the election result which looks like a still from a low budget remake of the political mind-control conspiracy thriller ‘The Manchurian Candidate’  which has been renamed ‘The Wirralian Candidate’.

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Here we see, centre of picture,  Jo ‘Lady in Red’ Bird herself, overdressed and overdoing it with the red (yes,yes we get it! – you’re a ‘passionate’ Labour supporter!) Then to the right we have a sighting of that rare bird ,Wirral CEO Eric ‘Feeble’ Robinson, lurking in the background trousering yet another substantial cheque for his onerous Returning Officer role ( i.e reading out the election results). Why do we get this strange urge to photoshop a little moustache on his face? Her Ladyship observed that he reminds her of an historical figure who also headed up an evil regime that thrived on fear and propaganda. Who could she possibly mean? Having said that, after viewing the still from CCTV footage we published last week, we think it’s fair to say Stressed Eric is still far down the pecking order when it comes to representing  ‘The Ugly Face of Wirral Council’ . However the most bizarre aspect of this shot is the Lib Dem (?) on the left and the candidate’s jumper which appears to have the subliminal message ‘KILL’ subtly stitched on it – which if you ask us is taking the ‘revolutionary spirit’ a tad too far!

However the feature photo (and the photo below ) is what we believe to be conclusive evidence of the mood that is sweeping the peninsula and shows former leader/mayor/political opportunist Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes demonstrating on social media his deep understanding of the revolutionary spirit by dressing up as a sans-culottes French revolutionary and brandishing a bottle of gin.

Foulkesy is 40% proof positive of the revolutionary spirit…

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