We understand that Wirral Council have just agreed a 3-year £750K contract with Trinity Mirror (publisher of the Liverpool Echo) to print their appalling rag Wirral View. This new arrangement is due to start on December 1st so we just hope that council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies , seen bopping away in a PRIVATE box in the Liverpool Echo Arena at last night’s Queen & Adam Lambert concert, paid for the dubious privilege or at least made an appropriate conflict of interest declaration. Just sayin’
However the arrangement seems to be bearing strange fruit for the Liverpool Echo as they publish an EXCLUSIVE! , presumably courtesy of Wirral Council ,on the repulsive Rajenthiram brothers Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) case.
As we’ve already reported the Serious Case Review (SCR) report has not , and currently will not, be published . Instead Liverpool Echo have today published a front page EXCLUSIVE! under the headline ‘ Grave Errors ‘ paved way for Wirral abuse scandal ‘. Inside on page 16 there are details of the 24 ( count’em) recommendations of the SCR. Crime Reporter Joe Thomas chips in with the sub-heading ” Too many missed opportunities. The public should be told” and bigs up the Echo’s role in revealing ‘concerns’. However after the bigging up comes the inevitable copping out as Joe says :
“The safeguarding situation on Wirral is said to be much different now ….”
And commenting on Wirral Safeguarding Children Board’s chair Dr Maggie Atkinson he adds :
” And she believes that improvements have already been made – and that the same failings seen in the Rajenthiram case would not be repeated today”
Yeah , whatever! Hey! Joe they said that in 2012 after the publication of a damning Independent Review about adult social services. They lie. It’s what these people do. Might we suggest you at least check out the veracity of their claims before publishing.
Meanwhile we still think that the problem with Wirral Council is its culture and which is revealed in the 24th and last recommendation of the SCR which reads :
To ensure the promotion of “professional curiosity” when vulnerable children seek advice
Or in layperson’s terms – try and employ people who actually give a shit about their job and more importantly vulnerable people. Simple as that.
However isn’t it reassuring to know that the day before Wirral Council was humiliatingly yet again being called out for being crap all over the local TV and press that its ‘leader’ saw fit to play air guitar and headbang along to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ ?