Words of the Week

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We’d like to introduce a new feature to Wirral Leaks called  ‘Words of the Week’.

This is in recognition of the fact that in the age of the instant hit that some of our readers would like a more accessible route to the week’s stories and intrigues.

Firstly we are grateful to esteemed contributor Dr Robert Smith who introduced us to the delightful portmanteau word “peninsularity” . The Collins English Dictionary defines this word as :  insularity and narrowness of  mind resulting from living on a peninsula’

Of course we don’t think this applies to everyone on Wirral but most definitely to the toxic, inward-looking ,  nepotistic culture which still exists within our local political elite.

Our second word comes via an email from a well placed source. The word being “unglaublich”. It’s not a word that we’re familiar with . However our source kindly provides a definition as they reveal that cash-strapped Wirral Council have been splashing out on more furniture. We’re wondering whether they’re making Wallasey Town Hall (and adjacent offices) more appealing  to the Wirral Chamber of Commerce when they take over the whole damn lot of what’s left of Wirral Council !?.

Meanwhile we look forward to our readers contributing to our new feature in a similar vein to this week’s wordsmith :

Words fail me.

I am reliably informed that quantities of new furniture were delivered to Wallasey Town Hall yesterday.

We are constantly told that savings have to be made and yet, despite all this, things like this go on.

The municipal machine rumbles on and is not being scrutinised effectively.

Too much power is in too few hands in our Borough.  

 unglaublich

incredible {adj}
incredibly {adv}
elusive {adj}
unbelievable {adj}
sublime {adj} [impertinence, confidence]
epic {adj} [sl.]
staggeringly {adv}
unbelievably {adv}
phenomenally {adv}
elusively {adv}
past belief {adj}
beyond belief {adj}
mind-boggling {adj} [coll.]

Trees & Seats

We had a strong public response to all of last week’s stories. So here’s an update from us and a follow-up from elsewhere :

Trees of The Week 

Following on from our tree plea

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/wirral-chainsaw-massacre/

we’d like to thank our reader J who sent us some scary pictures of trees in Broadway ,Wallasey which we have to say reminded us of the tree monster from 1950’s schlock horror movie “It Came From Hell”……

img_9206-2It Came from hell

Bums on Seats

We recognised the picture from the article in today’s Wirral Globe feature from somewhere!.

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/14261331.Blast_for_council_bosses_over___66_000_desk_delivery/

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/well-furnished/

Apparently Lib Dem Cllr Persistent Phil Gilchrist has got Wirral Council CEO Eric Feeble to cough up that the new furniture which we reported last week had cost the not inconsiderable sum of £66K.

As the chairs arrived to match the desks and obscuring much of the Town Hall annexes Persistent Phil asked : “Was it really necessary to purchase this lot? .

Stressed Eric did a bit of mild bamboozling by claiming that  : “The funding is capital not revenue and therefore cannot be used for day to day running of the council”  in the hope that the mention of complex financial terms “capital ” and “revenue” would be enough to make any enquirer glaze over.

However Eric does advise to Persistent Gilchrist that new office furniture is one thing but the big money needed to be spent on the Town Hall annexes themselves :

” The North Annexe is in a generally poor condition, below is a list of some of the issues

1)  The electric underfloor heating has failed in areas it is costly to both run and repair and is an inefficient method of heating

2)  The lift needs replacing and or major overhaul

3)  The roof needs repairs and current insulation levels are poor

4)  The toilet welfare facilities are poor and inadequate

The South Annexe is generally in a fair condition, has a new efficient, gas wet heating system, the lift has recently been the subject of a major overhaul, and the roof was recently re-roofed using insulation that meets current building regulations. The scheme currently on site is improving toilet and welfare facilities, together with some general redecoration. “

Makes you wonder what Wirral Council were doing with the “capital” in previous years –  other than removing the asbestos.

It all seems very symbolic to us – sick building syndrome for a sick organisation. All surface and no structure whilst the council staff that are still left sit at their brand new desks waiting for the roof to cave in……..