Saints and Sinners

St Helens

Red marks the spot 

Wirral Leaks has a history of  picking up followers from far flung ,exotic places such as Hereford, Sandwell, Bristol , York and Cheshire East –  presumably from locals interested in what Wirral Council’s cast offs were up to before they landed on their doorstep. So following on from our  York Paving The Way  story we are proud to bring you news from St Helens. 

Indeed as far back as 2015 we were wondering whether Wirral should be twinned with St Helens when we wrote :

Talking of St Helens politicians by the sound of it Wirral should forget about Reno and make enquiries as to whether Wirral can be twinned with Labour controlled St Helens Council (aka St Hellhole Council according to one of our sources).

Witness recent allegations made against the former St Helens Council leader and now St Helens South & Whiston MP Marie Rimmer who could possibly teach our local political bullies a thing or two about how to deal with dissenters. Rimmer (a great name for a politician) was recently accused of kicking a Scottish independence supporter at a polling booth in Scotland (the case was , er, kicked out this week on a technicality but we understand it may be re-opened) :

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-mp-marie-rimmer-walks-9784035

Depending on the eventual outcome if the case goes back to court it could be that if St Helens rugby league team need a new prop forward who knows how to kick a conversion they may know where to go.

We feel we need to clarify at this point that we are not kicking Labour while they’re down nationally (if not locally) we just want them (no we NEED them) to be so much better than they are – politically,morally and ethically.

Full story here : Taxi Cuts

However considering the current situation in St Helens it seems we were wrong. St Helens puts Wirral to shame :

  • A major Police investigation of serving Councillors going back years  (which is more than be said of Wirral where Merseyside Police steer well clear )
  • Leader resigned from role and is suspended from the party  ( if only the same could happen on Wirral!)
  • The Cabinet holder for Growth ( Local Plan) has been sacked from his post as Chief Parliamentary Assistant to the MP ( Sackings? – unheard of on Wirral) 
  • Interim Leader was due to be challenged at Labour AGM  ( Challenged? – ditto)
  • A Labour  local election campaign  which was described to us by a St Helen’s resident as ‘despicable’ in Rainhill (much like the campaign against Green councillor Pat Cleary in Birkenhead & Tranmere) 
  • Returning Officer gave evidence to the Police which appears to have sparked the further investigations (shame Wirral’s Returning Officer Eric ‘Feeble’ Robinson didn’t give evidence to Merseyside Police on a non-electoral matter concerning Wirral councillors  – but then he’s not going to risk his £200K pa paycheck is he?)
  • Landslide victory by Independent candidate in Rainhill ( ‘Independents’ don’t get a look in on the insular peninsula )

Which us brings us round to one of our eternal pleas – the need for more independents and the independently minded in local politics. Therefore can we give a shout out to Rainhill  independent councillor James Tasker . You could say we’ve  taken to Tasker. This is from his Facebook page

I’m Rainhill born and bred. I’m standing as an Independent Councillor for Rainhill in the May elections, the only candidate who lives and can vote in Rainhill. I’m standing as a committee member of the Rainhill Civic Society, a member OF the community, FOR the community. I was a member of the Labour Party until very recently, but the local Party decisions made over the past few years, do not reflect my Labour Party values. They do not reflect your Labour Party values, they do not reflect the values, needs, and potential of our Rainhill community. Our Rainhill Councillors, represent themselves, not you, the people who allow them to make decisions on our behalf. This May, vote for someone who cares about Rainhill, lives in Rainhill, and can vote Rainhill.

 

And they did!

Dare we suggest you need some of this on Wirral ? For far too long you’ve had a group of local Labour councillors who put the lumpen into lumpenproletariat (that’s a Marxist joke – Pip’s Posse won’t understand a bleedin’ word of it! ) . They are quite happy to turn a blind eye to the excesses and abuses and hyperbole and hypocrisy of their leadership as long as get to play at being a pretend politician. Sure we get a few dissenters from time to time who question the cabal and then they get offered a Cabinet position and suddenly their concerns about how the local Labour group operates suddenly disappear ( yes, you know who you are!)

The day that Wirral is twinned with St Helens we may be tempted to return. Or perhaps not ….

Taxi Cuts

Fouolkes & Niblock

When Councillor Steve Foulkes, the then leader of the Wirral Labour group, said he was very happy and that he had “a number of beliefs and principles in common” when Councillor Steve Niblock defected from the Liberal Democrats to Labour it seems he wasn’t wrong http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-13416607 :

We at Leaky Towers are grateful for more masterful work from local blogger John Brace. His inquisitive nature, attention to detail and immaculate pigtail matches our very own Verity. However we’re taking the opportunity here to give his revelations the special Wirral Leaks treatment.

Brace’s latest find concerns the discovery of expenses claims made by Merseyside Labour councillors including one of Wirral’s very own – Steve “Suave” Niblock?.

http://johnbrace.com/2015/08/05/which-wirral-councillor-claimed-50-on-taxis-to-and-from-a-public-meeting/

It seems that by enjoying the benefit of  £50 return taxi ride to attend a Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority meeting in Liverpool the Lib Dem turncoat clearly demonstrated that he is now well and truly part of the Wirral Labour fold with their penchant for being driven around like royalty just like the top of the taxi rank herself – Matron McLaughlin aka the Queen of Sheba.

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/carry-on-cabby/

Now in the scheme of things a £50 taxi ride paid for by the public may not be equivalent to a near enough £50K bung to keep your gob shut.However in it’s own way it somehow strikes us as everything that’s wrong with the mindset of some politicians.Whatever possesses Niblock and his ilk to think that when services are being cut and people are losing their jobs that this sickening sense of entitlement is in any way OK?.As the saying goes: “Just because you can – doesn’t mean you should”…….

Now we know that , as Her Ladyship remarked , Cllr Niblock seems to get his fashion tips from Jeremy Corbyn, but for instance the next time he wanted to kit himself with a new bib & tucker for the next council piss up would he just pop over to top notch gentleman’s outfitters Gieves & Hawkes in Liverpool and hail for a taxi there and back?

We think he needs to cut out the taxis and get on the train or better still – Get in the sea https://twitter.com/getinthesea?lang=en

Ironically Niblock recently voted to close Upton and West Kirby fire stations (no really!) alongside fellow Merseyside Labour councillors one of whom is a certain Linda Maloney who thought it OK to spend £12 on a slap up salmon dinner and a drink of coke and expect the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority to pay for it.

http://johnbrace.com/2015/08/05/which-st-helens-councillor-claimed-36-for-3-salmon-dinners-and-3-drinks-of-coke/

Again we would ask Cllr.Maloney (another one who likes to be ferried around in a taxi) to consider would she as a rule spend such a princely sum stuffing her face on a piece of salmon or is that only when the public are picking up the tab?.

No doubt Niblock and Maloney would justify their voting decisions with the mantra : ” It’s the Tory cuts” and yes the ideologically rather than economically motivated cuts to public services need to be “robustly challenged” as local government bods are wont to say- however do they not see that freeloading from those same public services which are under threat undermines their feigned outrage?.

Talking of St.Helens politicians by the sound of it Wirral should forget about Reno and make enquiries as to whether Wirral can be twinned with Labour controlled St.Helens Council (aka St.Hellhole Council according to one of our sources).

Witness recent allegations made against the former St.Helens Council leader and now St.Helens South & Whiston MP Marie Rimmer who could possibly teach our local political bullies a thing or two about how to deal with dissenters. Rimmer (a great name for a politician) was recently accused of kicking a Scottish independence supporter at a polling booth in Scotland (the case was , er, kicked out this week on a technicality but we understand it may be re-opened) :

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-mp-marie-rimmer-walks-9784035

Depending on the eventual outcome if the case goes back to court it could be that if St.Helens rugby league team need a new prop forward who knows how to kick a conversion they may know where to go.

We feel we need to clarify at this point that we are not kicking Labour while they’re down nationally (if not locally) we just want them (no we NEED them) to be so much better than they are – politically,morally and ethically.

Now more than ever we need a credible opposition we can believe in and trust and after all the political soul searching and Miliband-bashing following this year’s General Election it seems to us ,especially in the wake of MPs expenses scandal and the realisation that we are now living in “The Age of Foodbanks” that  £50 taxi rides and slap up salmon dinners at the taxpayers expense indicate to us just how far some Labour politicians have drifted from the values of their traditional core voters.