As we enter the final week of what has been an interminable general election campaign in the interest of political balance we’ve made some changes and additions to our original post.
One of our readers has heeded our word and undertaken some research on local candidates before they cast their vote. As they themselves say it’s not exactly a ‘leak’ (as it’s all in the public domain if you know what to look for). The candidate in question is Tony Caldeira the prospective parliamentary candidate for Wirral West .
Our source writes :
Tony Caldeira over in Wirral West runs on the ticket of being a successful businessman https://www.tonycaldeira.org.uk/about-tony. His Facebook page (1) states that he “will always be a champion for local business.” (see pic)
Looking at his business accounts, it seems that his principal business is Caldeira Holdings with, until last year, 5 subsidiary companies.
Picture 2 is from Caldeira Holdings most recent accounts (2). Now I’m not experienced at looking at these things, but it seems to me that:
– his main business (Caldeira Ltd) is losing a lot of money
– his overseas subsidiaries seem to have accrued big debts,
– one of his businesses (Caldeira Retail) went into voluntary liquidation
Caldeira Retail appears to have gone into liquidation owing £6.7m to employees, and small businesses, etc (3).
I just think that if being a great businessman is his ticket, he should be transparent about his own struggling business. And if he says he “will always be a champion for local business”, then people should know that he liquidated his multimillion pound debt to dozens of small businesses last year – not much of a champion for them, then?
Perhaps Mr Caldeira could comment as to whether our source has given a fair reflection of his current business interests?
We don’t know about you but we feel this general election campaign has been going on for most of our lives. Debate after debate after debate. And all of them signifying nothing. But at least we should be grateful that Wirral had a prominent audience member at last week’s televised debate.
A few people contacted us to say they recognised DASS manager Peter Ferguson – particularly someone who had dealings with him during the infamous ‘4 week delay ‘scandal. They weren’t impressed. However with the news that 220 DASS social care assessment staff are being ‘integrated’ with Wirral Community NHS Trust we can only hope that Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust CEO Karen Howell delivers on her promise that ‘As one organisation, we will deliver a fully integrated social care assessment and health service to local residents – helping to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time.’
One thing that has occurred to us as Wirral Council slough off yet more staff that we can’t understand that with less and less services and fewer staff to manage as to why there isn’t a corresponding cut in pay for Wirral Council’s most senior managers?
Finally we’d just like to comment that judging by recent events and the divisive nature of general election campaigns that whichever way you cast your vote (or not as the case may be) that political debate and dissent is set to continue long after Thursday’s election result……..