A Blott On The Lauries

Set out below is the (feeble) response to a complaint from Wirral Council Super Duper Director Joe Blott to the long running ‘The Lauries’ story . Blott is, laughably,allowed to describe himself as a ‘Managing Director’ of Wirral Council. As far as we’re concerned this inadequate little man will always represent to us everything that is wrong with local government. How did we get to the stage where we reward ‘public servants’ with six figure salaries – not to serve the public – but to advance their careers by protecting a   public institution’s reputation?

And if Blott wants to complain to us  directly – can we suggest he does so from a legitimate email address  Blotto?

We offer in evidence that Blott will soon be on his way out of Wirral Council with a £390,000 reward for what exactly ?  Certainly his role in helping cover up the Wirralgate scandal will no doubt have helped his cause (and particularly his participation in the first Thynne investigation and dealing with the aftermath of the second one).

However the background to Blott’s  Lauries response can be found here :

The Sorry Story of The Lauries

The Sorry Story of The Lauries Part Two

However this is his final kiss-off for Wirral Council . What a luxury it must be to treat those who have paid your overinflated wages for years with such utter contempt and drag out an ‘investigation ‘ for as long as you can. By the time this reaches the Local Government Ombudsman – he’ll be long gone.

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Now we’re not legally qualified to comment on much of this response but the fact that even Blott concedes that Wirral Council have allowed trustees to act ‘de son tort’ is deeply worrying as it would appear that Wirral Council and their agents have allowed trustees to act wrongfully : https://thelawdictionary.org/de-son-tort/

But then when it comes to Wirral Council it’s a case of  : ‘plus ca change ,plus c’est la meme chose!’

Can We Have Some More Please?

Yesterday we published “The DASS VISION.”  Under the spirit crushing corporate speak and spin it’s easy to miss detail. Eldritch our elderly butler alerted Lord And Lady Wirral-Leaks to the fact that true to form, out of every misfortune DASS management seek to turn it to their advantage. So instead of getting rid of the quite frankly crap managers, the proposal is to ask Councillors for yet more money for “Management.” Yup you couldn’t make it up, and yet again we haven’t.


Check out Point 6.2.2

“Management capacity is strongly linked to the Departments ability to make the level of improvement required. Further discussion will be held with members regarding how additional investment in an improved management structure could contribute to improving policy practice and procedures, performance and business management processes. The Department would also benefit from a clearer focus on strategic commissioning. This would be used to inform members of changing need and aspirations, as well as plans to change the focus of provision to meet those needs”


So it’s MBA’s all round ? And the gravy train rolls on.  Last time we looked these Management courses cost the tax payer around £ 37,000. Factor in that much of the work is also done in Council time (study days, days to attend college) and the economic cost is arguably far greater and for what exactly?? , Oh and you’ll find managers asking overworked Social Workers to give up part of their working days, and put their cases on hold, to help their managers with their course work.


Attachments: Interview Questions for Dissertation

Info following the request for social workers to a focus group


From: Tomlin, Peter R.
Sent: 15 November 2010 11:43
To: Woodcock, Maria A.; Burns, Mo; Alldis, Sarah L.; Nicholls, Karen V.
Subject: FW: Peter Tomlin’s dissertation focus group.


Hi all


I should have contacted you before Sheena sent the e mail. This replaces the previous request for managers to attend – I’ve consulted with my course tutor and agreed that a discussion by practitioners over the issues raised by the questions (see attached) is a better way of verifying the evidence through a focus group. If your team members can help at all I’d be very grateful. Each session will not last more than an hour.


Once we have availability Sheena will organize the venue







From: Young, Sheena P.
Sent: 15 November 2010 11:25
To: Woodcock, Maria A.; Burns, Mo; Alldis, Sarah L.; Nicholls, Karen V.
Cc: Tomlin, Peter R.
Subject: Peter Tomlin’s dissertation focus group.


Hi All


Peter has asked if you could please arrange for four social workers to attend his dissertation focus groups to be held on any two of the dates below (two SW’s for each day).


Friday 19th Nov.              PM

Monday 22nd Nov.           AM

Tues 23rd Nov.                AM



Sheena Young


Access and Assessment

Department of Adult Social Services