Northern Outhouse

Northern Outhouse

What leadership looks like : The Liverpool City Region Gang celebrate diversity by ordering a Chinese takeaway…..

My how we laughed at Leaky Towers at yesterday’s brouhaha and ballyhoo over the so called Devo Scouse Agreement launch.

As you can see from the agreement itself they seem to have ditched the cumbersome Liverpool City Region Combined Authority tag which appears to uphold our theory that this exercise has been nothing more than the Lord Mayor Joe’s Show all along.

Devo Agreement

Of course as casual observers of local political lunacy there was much to comment on – not least the curious local media coverage.

BBC1’s North West Tonight featured the obligatory appearance from Mayor Joe Anderson himself, the Lib Dem MP for Southport John “Who?” Pugh and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark – who befitting someone who is the MP for Tunbridge Wells maintained a rictus grin throughout media proceedings which seemed to say :

” I’m a Conservative Get Me Out Of Here……and preferably First Class” .

Surprisingly there was no show on TV from our very own Power Boy Pip Davies – the chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

However judged by his erring and erming in the Wirral Globe video covering the Devolution Agreement launch this may have been a wise move on the part of his political aide, Martin Liptrot(sky) to pull his charge from further embarrassing exposure across the Northern Powerhouse region.Indeed it appears the video has since been pulled from the Globe website – as unless we we were hallucinating previously we now can’t seem to find it.

Even the relentlessly upbeat Power Boy Pip had to concede that the powers and funding devolved by central government to – let’s face it , Liverpool  – was relatively pisspoor compared to the likes of the Manchester City Region.The agreement was not so much Northern Powerhouse as Northern Outhouse.

“This deal isn’t perfect, no deals ever are.” he whimpered.

Might this include sweetheart deals with whistleblowers who have the means to bring his political ambitions crashing down around him we ask ourselves?!.

However it must be said  – oxymoron klaxon alert – that sensibly , central government have resisted moves to put police powers and health funding in the hands of a group of so-called Merseyside leaders who couldn’t even agree on a collective name (and now seem to have had it thrust upon them).We can only wonder which ones will throw their hats into the ring to contest the “Metro Mayor” election in 2017 – which is currently  the most significant aspect of the Devolution Agreement?.Put it this way we won’t be offering any prizes for guessing!.

However we’ll give the last word to Wirral Lib Dem Councillor Phil Gilchrist who mixing his metaphors with a double entendre comments on the Devolution Agreement :

“This is a great opportunity, with strings attached. The strings and tools are now in our own hands.”

Judging by the motley crew pictured above no truer words have yet been spoken on the Devo Scouse debacle!.


Devo-Scouse ? – My Arse!

Featured imageDon’t say we’re judgemental here at Wirral Leaks….but it took until Eric Robinson’s 2nd address to Wirral Council before the penny dropped (or £48,000 in Wirral Council’s case) and we realised that there was yet another corporate-speak spouting spin merchant in our midst.

Let’s face it we couldn’t stand the last Wirral Council Chief Executive Comrade Burgesski from the word get go. The self interest! , the self promotion!  and let’s not forget the self abuse!.”What Really Matters” was his permanent contract and the Council credit card. But then even those tics and twitches  – which made it seem like the person in charge of Wirral Council was the love child of Frank Spencer and Jack Douglas didn’t put certain people off – but then they do say that power is an aphrodisiac!.

However all it took for Stressed Eric to mark his card permanently with us was the use of the dreaded phrase “Devo-Scouse” that’s doing the rounds.In his patronising ExecView missive Eric tells us that “ The Council Leader Cllr Phil Davies met with the Secretary of State to discuss ‘Devo Scouse’ and devolving more powers to the Liverpool City Region. “

And we’re telling you right here,right now Eric we aren’t buying this (or the golf resort spin) – you just about got away with telling us about your “passion” in your inaugural address but you’ve really crossed a line with this BS.

What’s more Her Ladyship concurs with our source –  that ExecView is not only a word blend from hell this edition has more photos than this week’s issue of Hello!.It seems that with Stressed Eric and his rictus grin we find ourselves once more in the realm of the cult of personality (minus the personality).

However there are some moments of of unintentional hilarity as Eric cheerily tells us what he’s been up to to earn his £165K per annum:  “Next stop was Woodchurch, where I talked to the Recycling team about their interesting work to reduce dog fouling….”.

It’s a crap job but somebody’s got to do it eh, Eric?.

Finally our LeakyView on Devo-Scouse  is this – here at Leaky Towers we wouldn’t trust Mayor Joe or Power Boy Pip to look after the class hamster during the school holidays.