Perfidious Albion

Perfidious Albion

Attaquons dans ses eaux la perfide Albion.

(Let us attack perfidious Albion in her waters.)

Yes ! believe it or not – the BIG/ISUS/Working Neighbourhoods case rumbles on and this is entirely due to the persistence of those who believe in public accountability as opposed to those who just want to fund their holiday homes in sunny climes without having to deal with any “unpleasantness”.

The latest development sees  the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) join in the game – and it is a game and a dirty one at that .

After reading the email below sent to us by indomitable whistleblower Nigel ” Highbrow” Hobro one was led to exclaim :

” What the hell is up with these people”

” Which people do you mean dear? ”  replied Her Ladyship

” Oh those bloody people crawling all over England’s institutions  masquerading as public servants and who claim to be ‘passionate’ about openness and transparency and yet seem to control every public body in the land  by bullying , controlling  ,self serving , power abusing and lying.”

“Oh those  people .Well yes , quite…’s the DODO principle ” sniffed Her Ladyship

” I thought the DODO was dead”

” I wish ! However it would seem that – Delay Obstruction Denial Obfuscation are the guiding principles of modern England”

As  Highbrow  asked us : “I must say do they want people to report wrong-doing?”
No , Nigel it appears they don’t.
Mr Nigel Hobro

By email

Date: 10 May 2016

Dear Mr Hobro

Freedom of Information Act 2000 2297994

Thank you for your request for information concerning the ISUS report on Wirral

Borough Council Spring 2014, which we received on 12 April 2016 and processed

under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I can confirm that the information requested is held by the Department for

Communities and Local Government and we are able to provide you with all this

information. I have detailed below the information that is being released to you.

  1. The date of the report as submitted by A Walker

A Walker submitted the draft report to the Department on 11 December 2014.

PERFIDY! A Walker told me he had submitted his report in April 2014!

  1. The date of the correspondence that first sends the above report to Wirral

Borough Council

The Department first sent a copy of the draft report to Wirral Council on 10 March


  1. The dates of any responses from Wirral Borough Council

Wirral Council sent a holding response acknowledging receipt of the report on 11

March 2015. A response was received on 5 June 2015.

  1. The value of the claw back suggested within the report.

No claw back was suggested within the investigation report.

PERFIDY: A Walker told me in December 2013 he was to recommend a claw back of £400,000 expecting it to be reduced by higher officers to £250,000.

This situation leads us to consider how things work in almost all institutions in England in general and Wirral in particular  (we can’t comment on devolved governments but we suspect they’re very much the same) .

No wonder so many people feel like exiles in their own country as they find themselves trying  to adapt to an unrecognisable landscape of mendacity and treachery and deceit. Perfidious Albion indeed!.