Flashbacks & Updates

Picture Puzzle


We have been sent the abvove picture with the rather cryptic message ” Who are this pugnacious bunch (oh and Chris Eubank) and why is this picture seemingly no longer available on the internet?”

Answers to wirralleaks@gmail.com

 On Patrol & On The Ropes

We’ve been informed that the remaining 3 staff in the Wirral Council control room have now been offered the chance to stay on after the March 31st cut off date due to senior officers not having a Mr.Magoo what operations are actually carried out in their own departments, even after they were informed by the soon to be stitched up eleven experienced staff members they haven’t got anything in place out of hours if they close the OUT OF HOURS control room.  We kind of thought the title rather gives it away but clearly, it was a bit ambiguous for those making the decisions.

We also understand the prize for this reprieve would be a pay grade drop and a new shift pattern for a job the self -serving management gurus deemed redundant on the 18th December 2013.

We understand these options weren’t available to the eleven staff members before being forced out of their positions.  Was this the Council’s duplicitous plan all along?  “Just stop whining about a reduction in pay and conditions and just be grateful you’ve got a job?” .And where were the union reps when this tawdry arrangement was made?  Exactly!  – exiting stage left (pun intended) with a nice little redundancy package of their own.

 Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am

Our thanks to Her Ladyship who wittily hinted in a previous article that the contractor taking over the Council’s Highways contract from Colas sounded like a professional wrestler – BAM Nuttall (geddit?).

 Left Hand Meet Right Hand

And so on to a cancelled meeting arranged to discuss the fact that the Council are “minded” to close Lyndale School (that usually means they’ve already “made their mind up”).  The cancellation was allegedly due to the Council failing to abide by its own constitution – a course of action which drew the following comment from one parent, Christine Woodland whose seven year old son Alex attends the school, who said she was “not surprised” at the blunder.

“The whole thing has been frustrating, but it doesn’t shock me that they have done this – it is Wirral Borough Council after all.”

Christine Woodland – we salute you!  , we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Joe Blott, Wirral Council’s Strategic Director for Transformation and Resources is seemingly responsible for addressing this latest debacle but judging by his attempt to constrain the Wirralgate investigation to the narrow issue of “an inappropriate comment” we’d advise Ms.Woodland and

Co not to be overly optimistic that openness and transparency will prevail.


 It Couldn’t Happen Here…or could it?

Another day, another useless document whose main purpose seems to be how many times the word “robust” can be interspersed between the tedious platitudes.  This time the document in question is  “The Implication of the Francis Report for Wirral” produced by Wirral Council’s Families & Wellbeing Policy and Performance Committee

Those familiar with the Francis Report will know that this was a highly damning report into the abuse and neglect of patients at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital.

This review document is most notable for its absolute determination NOT to use the W word.

The fact that the Mid-Staffs scandal was exposed by WHISTLEBLOWERS is of course studiously ignored, which may have something to with the fact that two of the Councillors involved in the review were Moira McLaughlin and Denise Roberts.

The fact that they would like to think that there are ROBUST processes in place to ensure that Mid-Staffs couldn’t happen on Wirral is not in the least bit reassuring when you consider the pair of them did their utmost to ensure that the abuses identified in the AKA  Independent Review would never see the light of day.

 Nokia Down

Talking of whistleblowing, we have been privy to a series of emails about the BIG/ISUS/Working Neighbourhoods case sent to all 66 Councillors.

Once again, this is a case that would not be out of place in an espionage novel – there is the reference to the acquisition of Nokia phone records and unpublished reports and the police, auditors and “pretend friends.”

Indeed, it must be said these emails can be said to make up for in detailed information what they lack in deference to Councillors and Council Officers.

Certainly, our esteemed elected members cannot claim they weren’t told about the multitude of questions and concerns this case raises.


The WBC Golf Set

We wouldn’t be so bold or foolish as to suggest WBC would EVER be as unprofessional as to conduct it’s business on the golf course. In fact this photo from the Corporate Golf Wank Off in 2006 suggests that would NEVER happen, EVER.

Control yourselves, this much testosterone, dodgy knitwear, ill-advised “slacks” and coquettishly unbuttoned polo shirts could tear the very fabric of space and time asunder !

Wirral Council – Ready, Shreddy, GO!!

Some time ago a mysterious picture was sent  to Lord & Lady Wirralleaks at Leaky Towers by the “Camberwick Green Kamikaze  Crew”.
At first glance we thought it was “Sir” Fred Goodwin  especially when we were informed it was a picture of the former head of a discredited and much maligned organisation .
However it later transpired it was the picture of “Sir” Kevin Miller – or “Windy”  as he was known by his adoring fan (yes that’ll be you Anthea!).

Now until the 4 week delay scandal came to our attention Windy had been a bit of a  mystery man.
However after reading a quite astonishing FOI request by whistleblower Martin Morton  on the Whatdotheyknow website (SEE IT IN ALL ITS JAW-DROPPING GLORY HERE)  it would seem that Windy Miller may be a bit Shady as well. 
It would appear he was getting someone by the name of  Mark Jones  to write secret and not very nice  reports about Morton and then forgetting all about it – only for his trusted Commandant Thomas Von Ryan to dob him in it good-style  with the cry: “ It vos Herr Vindy –  I vos only following orders”.
Although it must be said Von Ryan doesn’t seem to be the most reliable of witnesses as he appears to have a bit of a thing about having documents shredded. We are reliably informed this is known in Town Hall circles as “Von Ryan’s Excess”  and would appear to be catching as it is also reported in the whatdotheyknow request that 6 days after Morton  was front page news on the award winning Wirral Globe newspaper and 816 days after he retired as Director of DASS –  a “very white haired” Miller  is witnessed meeting with his successor as DASS  Director John “Webbmeister” Webb – who is then witnessed shredding documents!.
However I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation because as we know Windy is best mates with the Mayor Moira McLaughlin and she wouldn’t have let anything untoward happen when she was the Councillor responsible  for Social Services now would she???????………..  
Video of WBC’s secrecy HERE
And how whsitleblowers are abused HERE
Read Windy’s parting message HERE as he passes the torch of truth on to…..