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Police and Peeves

Noughts 011

Somebody call the fashion police. Anyone for a game of noughts and crosses ?   

There has been an interesting exchange in the Wirral Globe letters page over the past couple of weeks. Firstly ,  we had Wirral Leaks regular Charles Nunn who wrote in to say:

The announcement that the Merseyside Police and crime commissioner, Jane Kennedy, a former Labour MP, has appointed a female Labour councillor – the third such appointment in succession – as her deputy should come as no surprise.

When the Conservative Government announced the new appointments in 2012 it was met with total apathy by the voters but great enthusiasm by the political classes of all parties who hijacked the proceedings.

They saw it as a lucrative post with salaries up to £100,000 a year and probably generous expenses

The opportunities for empire-building and political patronage were no doubt an additional incentive. Many candidates were former MPs, with some resigning their seats in order to stand.

In the first elections in November 2012 the total turn out across the country was a paltry 13%.

In the second in May 2016 only 300,000 voters from the whole of Merseyside were prepared to cast their votes.

Ms Kennedy’s first task after her election with a salary of £85,000 was to appoint a deputy from the Labour Party ranks at a salary of £31,800 for a three-day week.

The latest appointment of yet another Labour councillor would appear to suggest the recruitment net is cast no further than the political party which dominates Merseyside.

The published letter can be found here

This elicited the following response the next week from David Burgess-Joyce , Conservative councillor for Greasby , Frankby and Irby

Your correspondent Charles Nunn (Mailbox, September 27) makes some very interesting comments regarding the police and crime commissioner’s appointment of a new deputy as yet another Labour Party internal placement.

In reality he should not be surprised because in the socialist Republic of Merseyside no alternative voices will be accepted other than those of comrade Rotherham, his acolytes and their Corbynite activists.

Having more than 30 years’ experience in Merseyside Police, including senior roles in the National Crime Squad and Serious Organised Crime Agency, I stood for the post of police and crime commissioner last year.  I was runner-up, but because I am so supportive of local policing I decided to apply for this allegedly non-political post of deputy PCC.

Having worked with Jane Kennedy previously I knew we could make a good team in delivering outstanding policing.

Given the “experience” of the successful applicant you will be unsurprised to learn I was not even given the courtesy of an interview, proving yet again Labour’s lack of transparency.

It is good to know 1980s Liverpool is waiting just around the corner!

The published letter can be found here

What Burgess-Joyce , or B-J as we like to call him, fails to mention is the brouhaha that surrounded his hapless candidacy for the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) role. Read the full story here : A Fair Cop

As you can see not only did we raise the question as to why allegations that B-J was ‘sacked’ from his job with the National Crime Agency – now known as Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in 2013 were suddenly reported in the Liverpool Echo a few days before the election in May 2016 , we also pointed out :

Even more interestingly we have Liverpool Council’s Mayor Joe Anderson calling for B-J’s  resignation as a Wirral Councillor and surprisingly not Wirral Council leader Phil “Power Boy Pip” Davies.

Although this appears to be a rare show of comradely solidarity  between Mayor Joe and Power Boy Pip , we think that this was just another case of  Pip getting someone else to do his dirty work for him.

As it turned out B-J  was not so much a runner-up as a distant second in the PCC election. However, as we’ve commented before about B-J , this most self-regarding and pompous of councillors is now further peeved that he didn’t get the opportunity to be Commissioner Kennedy’s number two.

Whilst we do think that B-J nicked the ‘Socialist Republic of Merseyside’ line from us we do still have concerns that a red hegemony is potentially not a good thing in terms of public accountability. Political patronage and policing policy – what could possibly go wrong? Let’s just hope that local Labour politicians have been behaving themselves – we wouldn’t want Commissioner Kennedy or her Deputy to be politically compromised now would we?

The Bonfire of the Vanities


Artist’s impression : River of Light  (nb : we got the same crew who did the ‘Wirral Waters’ artist’s impression)

‘Bonny Night’ always leaves us feeling more frazzled than dazzled, especially as we consider that the Gunpowder Plot was a missed opportunity!.

Therefore it seems inevitable that Wirral Leaks was going to piss on the bonfire but when the front page of the first edition of Wirral View screams : “WIRRAL SET TO DAZZLE IN FREE FAMILY SHOW” and reports of the  November  5th ‘River of Light’  suggested it ended with more of a whimper than a bang we consider it our solemn duty.


Our ire for the fireworks was irked by the fact that Wirral Council’s contribution to the display apparently cost council taxpayers £56,000 so was hardly ‘free’ and the cancellation of traditional bonfire displays elsewhere on Wirral seemed a cynical ploy to herd the masses down by the river for ‘ The Pip and Joe Show’. Although we understand there was such a local outcry in Bebington that the Mayer Park display  was reinstated at the last minute.

As we predicted ,  for Wirral Council and Liverpool Council leaders Phil “Power Boy Pip” Davies  and Joe “No – Metro Mayor” Anderson respectively , this was always going to be a bread and circuses vanity show – a dazzling distraction for the masses. A few “oohs” , a few “aahs” and cries of  ” has it started yet ?” , a trudge back to the car and home for sparklers with the kiddiewinks to make up for the disappointment.

And so yet again more public money goes up in smoke in the name of  our vainglorious leaders . As always promising more than they can deliver – Pip and Joe are the very definition of hubris. Foolish pride and dangerous over confidence ending in ignominious failure (see also the  Pip endorsement for Joe’s failed Metro Mayor nomination).

Responding to the criticism from local resident Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)  that the #riverofshite event was “all my arse” Pip and Joe have already promised that they will personally ensure that next year’s event will be a more accurate reflection of economic circumstances.



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