EXCLUSIVE: Shocking revelations by Wirral whistleblower Martin Morton feature in major new Parliamentary inquiry

Wirral Globe: EXCLUSIVE: Shocking revelations by Wirral whistleblower Martin Morton feature in major new Parliamentary inquiry EXCLUSIVE: Shocking revelations by Wirral whistleblower Martin Morton feature in major new Parliamentary inquiry

A MAJOR new Parliamentary inquiry into whistleblowing features a case study of Martin Morton - whose astonishing revelations in the Globe sent shockwaves through Wirral Council.

The review by the National Audit Office found there is no cross-Government strategy to assist whistleblowers.

And half of workers stay silent about misconduct they witness amid an "uncoordinated" approach, it warned.

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, said ministers should do more to support people who were trying to protect taxpayers' money.

The report will be used to form new Government policy to help workers blow the whistle.

Mr Morton was asked to contribute to the findings after his whistleblowing exposed the systematic overcharging of rents for vulnerable tenants in council care homes in 2008.

The former adult social services manager raised his concerns with his superiors, but was bullied out of his job and signed a gagging clause to prevent him revealing the truth.

But instead of staying silent, he came to the Globe and we helped him tell his story.

Our series of exclusive articles highlighting the scandal led to the local authority eventually agreeing to pay back around £700,000 that had been unlawfully collected.

Shocking as those revelations were, they were just the tip of an iceberg that triggered a devastating inquiry by consultant Anna Klonowski.

She found the town hall had become more concerned with its own internal machinations than the needs of Wirral people.

And she memorably recorded that "In Wirral, the abnormal had become commonplace."

The fall-out from the Klonowski review led to a root and branch reorganisation of the council which is still ongoing, and many of its most senior officials in post at the time left their jobs.

Mr Morton told the Globe today: "I welcome the publication of the National Audit Office report and the inclusion of my experience as a whistleblower within the case studies.

"There seems to be an increasing recognition within Parliament that there needs to be a 'rebranding' of whistleblowing as a resource - particularly within social care and health - to ensure both the safeguarding of vulnerable people and safety of patients.

"It is particularly telling the National Audit Office has published this report because beyond the personal cost to individuals like myself  - which are incalculable - there are usually massive financial and reputational costs to public bodies who fail to address whistleblowing concerns properly.

"This ultimately impacts on front line services facing cuts as public money is diverted away from where it is needed most.

"This is another compelling reason why politicians - both local and national - should sit up and take notice."

He continued: "As I say in the report, I feel whistleblowers need to be more in control of the process in terms of timescales, outcomes and have the opportunity to take their concerns externally without fear of reprisal.

"I also strongly believe that there needs to be real accountability and the imposition of sanctions for those who try to silence or victimise whistleblowers or reward wrongdoing."

Mr Morton said he is hoping as a result of the probe, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee will make strong recommendations to Parliament that will ensure the imbalance of power that whistleblowers face can be addressed.

Ms Hodge said: "It is extremely worrying therefore that half of workers stay silent about misconduct, possibly because they fear what will happen if they speak out.

"Government must do more to support those workers that try to protect taxpayers' money.

"Government's uncoordinated, piece-meal approach to whistleblowing is simply not good enough and it is completely unacceptable that almost two-thirds of those who speak out receive no response at all from their management.

"The longer this goes on, the more likely it is that patterns of wrong-doing will be missed - undoubtedly resulting in taxpayers' money being mis-spent or even lives being put at risk."

 

 

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1:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

WirralAl says...

Its amazing and then they reward the person who was in charge. The man who does care about the people of Wirral and make him the Mayor.

Yes that's correct the person who was in charge when all this was going on ie Steve Foul Kus gets the privilege of being given such a role.

No punishment just reward!!!

HE HAS WASTED MILLIONS OF OUR COUNCIL TAX AND NOW HE GETS TO GLOAT AND LAUGH AT US ALL.

What does that say about the council !!!!

NOTHING HAS CHANGED. MARTIN YOUR A GOOD MAN but you must be sick as a dog with this crass and dysfunctional council
Its amazing and then they reward the person who was in charge. The man who does care about the people of Wirral and make him the Mayor. Yes that's correct the person who was in charge when all this was going on ie Steve Foul Kus gets the privilege of being given such a role. No punishment just reward!!! HE HAS WASTED MILLIONS OF OUR COUNCIL TAX AND NOW HE GETS TO GLOAT AND LAUGH AT US ALL. What does that say about the council !!!! NOTHING HAS CHANGED. MARTIN YOUR A GOOD MAN but you must be sick as a dog with this crass and dysfunctional council WirralAl
  • Score: 23

4:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Twice I had to whistlebow to the Charity Commission for illegal activities by the person in charge and twice they only succeeded in telling the so called boss at the time who the whistleblower was which made my position untenable......so be very careful whistleblowing to any government connected departments.........
Justice for Martin
Twice I had to whistlebow to the Charity Commission for illegal activities by the person in charge and twice they only succeeded in telling the so called boss at the time who the whistleblower was which made my position untenable......so be very careful whistleblowing to any government connected departments......... Justice for Martin Llamedos 1
  • Score: 16

5:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hobroW says...

Mrs Hodge had in 2012 asked myself if I were available to travel to Westminster should I be needed in the A4e investigation and related matters for the PAC which she chairs.

The erdf auditor quoted me 70% of frauds uncovered come from whistleblowers; and only 30% from systems audit. Can you imagine how much money could be saved if government took this to heart?

At present we do not incentivise whistleblowers as that seems unEnglish. We allow incentives to malfeasors simply by permitting them to continue when we ignore whistleblowers. Anybody who has watched the Morton case unfold or indeed the Colas or the BIG/ISUS cases will be thinking it is not worth whistleblowing-only result is harassment., penury and stress in not seeing justice done in a timely fashion.

Remember that Mr Griffith's was sacked after only 40 days ostensibly for incompetence, really because he had discovered anomalies on a staggering scale, whereas I was subjected to abuse and insults, then lost my job WHILST those now found wanting, and involved in files and cases referred to the Police CONTINUED to draw handsome salaries.Remember that taking 2 years plus to find a whistleblower is correct does not vindicate him soon enough to persuade employment agencies that the reason he has not a reference is because he has JUSTIFYINGLY whistleblown. Even to-day I had a young employment agency worjker cavilll at the word whistleblower-she replied that's beyond my experience how do I explain that to an employer?


Now that is not incentivising whistleblowers , is it?
Mrs Hodge had in 2012 asked myself if I were available to travel to Westminster should I be needed in the A4e investigation and related matters for the PAC which she chairs. The erdf auditor quoted me 70% of frauds uncovered come from whistleblowers; and only 30% from systems audit. Can you imagine how much money could be saved if government took this to heart? At present we do not incentivise whistleblowers as that seems unEnglish. We allow incentives to malfeasors simply by permitting them to continue when we ignore whistleblowers. Anybody who has watched the Morton case unfold or indeed the Colas or the BIG/ISUS cases will be thinking it is not worth whistleblowing-only result is harassment., penury and stress in not seeing justice done in a timely fashion. Remember that Mr Griffith's was sacked after only 40 days ostensibly for incompetence, really because he had discovered anomalies on a staggering scale, whereas I was subjected to abuse and insults, then lost my job WHILST those now found wanting, and involved in files and cases referred to the Police CONTINUED to draw handsome salaries.Remember that taking 2 years plus to find a whistleblower is correct does not vindicate him soon enough to persuade employment agencies that the reason he has not a reference is because he has JUSTIFYINGLY whistleblown. Even to-day I had a young employment agency worjker cavilll at the word whistleblower-she replied that's beyond my experience how do I explain that to an employer? Now that is not incentivising whistleblowers , is it? hobroW
  • Score: 14

6:18pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hobroW says...

The very people we whistleblew about were able to collect two fiurther erdf contracts and continued to trade on this income right up to now. Only at the end of month will the last of the two contracts expire. That's great ain't it knowing that these directors are peddling the same stuff and being paid for it whilst £50k on grant Thornton and weeks of DCLG time are being spent investigating them. The Making Business Work {erdf} administrators knew of the investigations in April 2012 but the contract was terminated much, much later

The subcontractor whose work was severely criticised in the Grant Thornton BIG report, and whose file was referred to the police? What of him? well Invest wirral took him over from wirralbiz in July 2011 and despite having received the same evidence as had Grant Thornton continued to employ his services in the same role {BIG) until the spoending squeeze hit WBC in September 2012.

as I said above "we allow incentives to malfeasors simply by permitting them to continue"
The very people we whistleblew about were able to collect two fiurther erdf contracts and continued to trade on this income right up to now. Only at the end of month will the last of the two contracts expire. That's great ain't it knowing that these directors are peddling the same stuff and being paid for it whilst £50k on grant Thornton and weeks of DCLG time are being spent investigating them. The Making Business Work {erdf} administrators knew of the investigations in April 2012 but the contract was terminated much, much later The subcontractor whose work was severely criticised in the Grant Thornton BIG report, and whose file was referred to the police? What of him? well Invest wirral took him over from wirralbiz in July 2011 and despite having received the same evidence as had Grant Thornton continued to employ his services in the same role {BIG) until the spoending squeeze hit WBC in September 2012. as I said above "we allow incentives to malfeasors simply by permitting them to continue" hobroW
  • Score: 11

6:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening.
Leigh Marles please answer.
Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 17

7:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Growl Tiger.....I suspect Leigh Marles would be up for some kind of execution from the powers that be if he allowed comments on the choice of Mayor. I have a funny feeling that there would not be enough gigabytes attached to this page to support all the comments. We all know that a huge proportion of the electorate of Wirral would NOT support Foulkes as a suitable Mayor.....unfortunat
ely we have no say in the matter other than to use our votes in the coming months
Growl Tiger.....I suspect Leigh Marles would be up for some kind of execution from the powers that be if he allowed comments on the choice of Mayor. I have a funny feeling that there would not be enough gigabytes attached to this page to support all the comments. We all know that a huge proportion of the electorate of Wirral would NOT support Foulkes as a suitable Mayor.....unfortunat ely we have no say in the matter other than to use our votes in the coming months Llamedos 1
  • Score: 12

7:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MX says...

Even more unfortunately voting will not apply to Cllr.Foulkes as I understand an incoming Mayor is exempted from having to be elected.Democracy in action.
Even more unfortunately voting will not apply to Cllr.Foulkes as I understand an incoming Mayor is exempted from having to be elected.Democracy in action. MX
  • Score: 7

8:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

reliant22 says...

MX wrote:
Even more unfortunately voting will not apply to Cllr.Foulkes as I understand an incoming Mayor is exempted from having to be elected.Democracy in action.
Yes.
This is why Steve Foulkes as Council Leader, having the choice between a Committee-led Council and Mayor as given by the then Labour Government, chose the Mayor for obvious reasons. The public do not elect this Mayor, so a free-for-all, whereas a Committee would be more accountable to the electorate.
All anyone with a conscience can do is boycott visits by the Mayor and make sure there are no invitations for him to attend.
Disgraceful.
Arrogant Labour as usual,. Please vote them out once and for all,
[quote][p][bold]MX[/bold] wrote: Even more unfortunately voting will not apply to Cllr.Foulkes as I understand an incoming Mayor is exempted from having to be elected.Democracy in action.[/p][/quote]Yes. This is why Steve Foulkes as Council Leader, having the choice between a Committee-led Council and Mayor as given by the then Labour Government, chose the Mayor for obvious reasons. The public do not elect this Mayor, so a free-for-all, whereas a Committee would be more accountable to the electorate. All anyone with a conscience can do is boycott visits by the Mayor and make sure there are no invitations for him to attend. Disgraceful. Arrogant Labour as usual,. Please vote them out once and for all, reliant22
  • Score: 12

10:18pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Unfortunately, in a Wirral we get the spin merchants getting involved and doing a hatchet job on the person instead of listening to them. Within Wallasey Town Hall, senior officers and politicians have been to quick to allow the PR department to take control and start dishing the dirt. I firmly believe that these same people are at last realising that taking this advice has been counter productive and that same trust that was in existence has now truly dissipated.
Unfortunately, in a Wirral we get the spin merchants getting involved and doing a hatchet job on the person instead of listening to them. Within Wallasey Town Hall, senior officers and politicians have been to quick to allow the PR department to take control and start dishing the dirt. I firmly believe that these same people are at last realising that taking this advice has been counter productive and that same trust that was in existence has now truly dissipated. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 6

8:28am Thu 20 Mar 14

hobroW says...

We anticipate the DCLG report on the ISUS program before end March , two years after I left the firm having deposited large volumes of data with counter Fraud.

WBC was compelled with the advent of Mr Burgess to have the interim Finance director report on how it was that after having the data for over 1 year Counter Fraud produced a report, "not fit for purpose" and which the council could not publish for fear of being shot down in flames. The investigation papers were described as being dispersed to the four winds and the glib acceptance of the firm's explanation that I was a violent person was severely criticised as not being evidenced and indeed no justification for ignoring clear data. Mr Garry's glibness was that public contracts always had a measure of malfeasance , that I did not understand this, that I was a disturber of the natural balance.

Imagine how frustrating it is to have waited for justice for over one year and to have been so let down by the so-called guardians of the public purse. Consider the wastage of 2.5 days of being interviewed let alone the preparation work behind this; to have discovered that Counter Fraud had not even read my emails containing data.

For the public consider how this led to £50,000 of your money to perform a task which Counter Fraud ought already to have done.

And no expression even of regret from WBC!!
We anticipate the DCLG report on the ISUS program before end March , two years after I left the firm having deposited large volumes of data with counter Fraud. WBC was compelled with the advent of Mr Burgess to have the interim Finance director report on how it was that after having the data for over 1 year Counter Fraud produced a report, "not fit for purpose" and which the council could not publish for fear of being shot down in flames. The investigation papers were described as being dispersed to the four winds and the glib acceptance of the firm's explanation that I was a violent person was severely criticised as not being evidenced and indeed no justification for ignoring clear data. Mr Garry's glibness was that public contracts always had a measure of malfeasance , that I did not understand this, that I was a disturber of the natural balance. Imagine how frustrating it is to have waited for justice for over one year and to have been so let down by the so-called guardians of the public purse. Consider the wastage of 2.5 days of being interviewed let alone the preparation work behind this; to have discovered that Counter Fraud had not even read my emails containing data. For the public consider how this led to £50,000 of your money to perform a task which Counter Fraud ought already to have done. And no expression even of regret from WBC!! hobroW
  • Score: 6

9:37am Thu 20 Mar 14

woodyres2 says...

Growl Tiger wrote:
Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer.
I agree with you there Growl Tiger, I have plenty to say about that article and am always annoyed when we are not allowed to comment.

Did anyone notice a story about Tranmere Rovers wanting to create 4 new playing fields in Leasowe which appeared on Monday afternoon ? Strange thing was the whole story had gone by Tuesday morning .... why was that I wonder ? Did someone not want us asking too many questions ? The local independant councillor in Leasowe was being very vocal about it all, unlike our labour councillors here in Woodchurch who have done & said nothing about the whole sorry affair.

As a Woodchurch Resident we have been aware for years of the Council's dealings with Tranmere Rovers regarding moving to Woodchurch, we believe there is some shady dealing going on here.

Why is the Globe not investigating & reporting on this ??
[quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer.[/p][/quote]I agree with you there Growl Tiger, I have plenty to say about that article and am always annoyed when we are not allowed to comment. Did anyone notice a story about Tranmere Rovers wanting to create 4 new playing fields in Leasowe which appeared on Monday afternoon ? Strange thing was the whole story had gone by Tuesday morning .... why was that I wonder ? Did someone not want us asking too many questions ? The local independant councillor in Leasowe was being very vocal about it all, unlike our labour councillors here in Woodchurch who have done & said nothing about the whole sorry affair. As a Woodchurch Resident we have been aware for years of the Council's dealings with Tranmere Rovers regarding moving to Woodchurch, we believe there is some shady dealing going on here. Why is the Globe not investigating & reporting on this ?? woodyres2
  • Score: 6

12:22pm Thu 20 Mar 14

reliant22 says...

woodyres2 wrote:
Growl Tiger wrote:
Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer.
I agree with you there Growl Tiger, I have plenty to say about that article and am always annoyed when we are not allowed to comment.

Did anyone notice a story about Tranmere Rovers wanting to create 4 new playing fields in Leasowe which appeared on Monday afternoon ? Strange thing was the whole story had gone by Tuesday morning .... why was that I wonder ? Did someone not want us asking too many questions ? The local independant councillor in Leasowe was being very vocal about it all, unlike our labour councillors here in Woodchurch who have done & said nothing about the whole sorry affair.

As a Woodchurch Resident we have been aware for years of the Council's dealings with Tranmere Rovers regarding moving to Woodchurch, we believe there is some shady dealing going on here.

Why is the Globe not investigating & reporting on this ??
Perhaps Leigh Marles has been issued with a gagging order, or at least , maybe the advertisers in the Globe has!
Nothing is beyond the Town Hall it would appear.
[quote][p][bold]woodyres2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer.[/p][/quote]I agree with you there Growl Tiger, I have plenty to say about that article and am always annoyed when we are not allowed to comment. Did anyone notice a story about Tranmere Rovers wanting to create 4 new playing fields in Leasowe which appeared on Monday afternoon ? Strange thing was the whole story had gone by Tuesday morning .... why was that I wonder ? Did someone not want us asking too many questions ? The local independant councillor in Leasowe was being very vocal about it all, unlike our labour councillors here in Woodchurch who have done & said nothing about the whole sorry affair. As a Woodchurch Resident we have been aware for years of the Council's dealings with Tranmere Rovers regarding moving to Woodchurch, we believe there is some shady dealing going on here. Why is the Globe not investigating & reporting on this ??[/p][/quote]Perhaps Leigh Marles has been issued with a gagging order, or at least , maybe the advertisers in the Globe has! Nothing is beyond the Town Hall it would appear. reliant22
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

How about Wirral Globe doing one of their democratic surveys and ask the question " Do you agree that Mr Foulkes deserves to be Mayor of Wirral"......nah, dont bother, already know the answer
How about Wirral Globe doing one of their democratic surveys and ask the question " Do you agree that Mr Foulkes deserves to be Mayor of Wirral"......nah, dont bother, already know the answer Llamedos 1
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Thu 20 Mar 14

keen gardener says...

Wirral Globe...hmmmmm...ie "Selective Headlines" - "Selective Updates" - "Selective Removal" of previous as and when it suits...but whom does it suit? Who is playing the tune I ask? PS What happened to the Wirral merger with Liverpool following the "brave" decision to say no to West Cheshire? What? When? Whom?
Wirral Globe...hmmmmm...ie "Selective Headlines" - "Selective Updates" - "Selective Removal" of previous as and when it suits...but whom does it suit? Who is playing the tune I ask? PS What happened to the Wirral merger with Liverpool following the "brave" decision to say no to West Cheshire? What? When? Whom? keen gardener
  • Score: 2

8:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Positive thinker says...

Is he still harping on
Is he still harping on Positive thinker
  • Score: -6

12:04am Fri 21 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

hobroW wrote:
We anticipate the DCLG report on the ISUS program before end March , two years after I left the firm having deposited large volumes of data with counter Fraud.

WBC was compelled with the advent of Mr Burgess to have the interim Finance director report on how it was that after having the data for over 1 year Counter Fraud produced a report, "not fit for purpose" and which the council could not publish for fear of being shot down in flames. The investigation papers were described as being dispersed to the four winds and the glib acceptance of the firm's explanation that I was a violent person was severely criticised as not being evidenced and indeed no justification for ignoring clear data. Mr Garry's glibness was that public contracts always had a measure of malfeasance , that I did not understand this, that I was a disturber of the natural balance.

Imagine how frustrating it is to have waited for justice for over one year and to have been so let down by the so-called guardians of the public purse. Consider the wastage of 2.5 days of being interviewed let alone the preparation work behind this; to have discovered that Counter Fraud had not even read my emails containing data.

For the public consider how this led to £50,000 of your money to perform a task which Counter Fraud ought already to have done.

And no expression even of regret from WBC!!
Just to let everyone know that the Information Commissioner today backed Wirral Council in a Decision Notice regarding the departure of the former Chief Internal Auditor David Garry. They said the public couldn't have access to most of the information because it was 'personal data' and if they did it could cause distress to Mr Garry. So all we got to discover in the end was that he was paid off £46,584 for his role in the scandalous conduct that was indulged in.

So next time you see this council behaving atrociously, remember their confidence in it could be fuelled from elsewhere. Certainly, they have friends down in Wilmslow, who are paid by us to step forward and courageously back them up when things go wrong.

It took a long time to get today's decision. I lodged the first request for information on 18th October 2012 - 17 months ago.

The council labelled my request "vexatious" when they responded 5 months later - but soon had to back down from that. The ICO has gotten ALL the dates wrong in its decision notice. It also 'forgot' to mention Wirral's 'vexatious' claim against me. It so happens that all of these "mistakes" work against the public interest and in favour of the council.

I've emailed them to demand that they set the record straight immediately, but what a shambles... we certainly get the public servants you vote and pay for, and not the ones you deserve.
[quote][p][bold]hobroW[/bold] wrote: We anticipate the DCLG report on the ISUS program before end March , two years after I left the firm having deposited large volumes of data with counter Fraud. WBC was compelled with the advent of Mr Burgess to have the interim Finance director report on how it was that after having the data for over 1 year Counter Fraud produced a report, "not fit for purpose" and which the council could not publish for fear of being shot down in flames. The investigation papers were described as being dispersed to the four winds and the glib acceptance of the firm's explanation that I was a violent person was severely criticised as not being evidenced and indeed no justification for ignoring clear data. Mr Garry's glibness was that public contracts always had a measure of malfeasance , that I did not understand this, that I was a disturber of the natural balance. Imagine how frustrating it is to have waited for justice for over one year and to have been so let down by the so-called guardians of the public purse. Consider the wastage of 2.5 days of being interviewed let alone the preparation work behind this; to have discovered that Counter Fraud had not even read my emails containing data. For the public consider how this led to £50,000 of your money to perform a task which Counter Fraud ought already to have done. And no expression even of regret from WBC!![/p][/quote]Just to let everyone know that the Information Commissioner today backed Wirral Council in a Decision Notice regarding the departure of the former Chief Internal Auditor David Garry. They said the public couldn't have access to most of the information because it was 'personal data' and if they did it could cause distress to Mr Garry. So all we got to discover in the end was that he was paid off £46,584 for his role in the scandalous conduct that was indulged in. So next time you see this council behaving atrociously, remember their confidence in it could be fuelled from elsewhere. Certainly, they have friends down in Wilmslow, who are paid by us to step forward and courageously back them up when things go wrong. It took a long time to get today's decision. I lodged the first request for information on 18th October 2012 - 17 months ago. The council labelled my request "vexatious" when they responded 5 months later - but soon had to back down from that. The ICO has gotten ALL the dates wrong in its decision notice. It also 'forgot' to mention Wirral's 'vexatious' claim against me. It so happens that all of these "mistakes" work against the public interest and in favour of the council. I've emailed them to demand that they set the record straight immediately, but what a shambles... we certainly get the public servants you vote and pay for, and not the ones you deserve. PaulCa
  • Score: 11

12:06am Fri 21 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

reliant22 wrote:
woodyres2 wrote:
Growl Tiger wrote:
Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer.
I agree with you there Growl Tiger, I have plenty to say about that article and am always annoyed when we are not allowed to comment.

Did anyone notice a story about Tranmere Rovers wanting to create 4 new playing fields in Leasowe which appeared on Monday afternoon ? Strange thing was the whole story had gone by Tuesday morning .... why was that I wonder ? Did someone not want us asking too many questions ? The local independant councillor in Leasowe was being very vocal about it all, unlike our labour councillors here in Woodchurch who have done & said nothing about the whole sorry affair.

As a Woodchurch Resident we have been aware for years of the Council's dealings with Tranmere Rovers regarding moving to Woodchurch, we believe there is some shady dealing going on here.

Why is the Globe not investigating & reporting on this ??
Perhaps Leigh Marles has been issued with a gagging order, or at least , maybe the advertisers in the Globe has!
Nothing is beyond the Town Hall it would appear.
The Wirral News have been gagged. It's lasted over a year now.
[quote][p][bold]reliant22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodyres2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Why are we not being allowed to comment on either the case clearing a councillor for making comments under his official capacity or the one regarding the mayoral appointment? The person in the limelight was the one in charge at the time all this was happening. Leigh Marles please answer.[/p][/quote]I agree with you there Growl Tiger, I have plenty to say about that article and am always annoyed when we are not allowed to comment. Did anyone notice a story about Tranmere Rovers wanting to create 4 new playing fields in Leasowe which appeared on Monday afternoon ? Strange thing was the whole story had gone by Tuesday morning .... why was that I wonder ? Did someone not want us asking too many questions ? The local independant councillor in Leasowe was being very vocal about it all, unlike our labour councillors here in Woodchurch who have done & said nothing about the whole sorry affair. As a Woodchurch Resident we have been aware for years of the Council's dealings with Tranmere Rovers regarding moving to Woodchurch, we believe there is some shady dealing going on here. Why is the Globe not investigating & reporting on this ??[/p][/quote]Perhaps Leigh Marles has been issued with a gagging order, or at least , maybe the advertisers in the Globe has! Nothing is beyond the Town Hall it would appear.[/p][/quote]The Wirral News have been gagged. It's lasted over a year now. PaulCa
  • Score: 8

12:06pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hobroW says...

Paul dont worry overmuch as I have all The reocrds of correspondence by email emanating from D Garry which prove his arrogant dismissal of our concerns backed up by data.

His attitude appeared to me to be that all puyblic contracts were subject to degrees of malfeasance-just get on with it. He never visited wirralbiz nor sent anyone there apart from a short visit in December 2011 by B Edwards who was turned away easily with a "You are not going to interview our staff"

Meanwhile after two years of enjoying Big Enterprise in Communities money and over a year of "Making business Work" money I am led to understand by SENW of dale Street Livrpool that several months ago wirralbiz telephoned to announce their retirement.


both parties may desire a quiet retirement from the scene but we are not aiming to let that happen
Paul dont worry overmuch as I have all The reocrds of correspondence by email emanating from D Garry which prove his arrogant dismissal of our concerns backed up by data. His attitude appeared to me to be that all puyblic contracts were subject to degrees of malfeasance-just get on with it. He never visited wirralbiz nor sent anyone there apart from a short visit in December 2011 by B Edwards who was turned away easily with a "You are not going to interview our staff" Meanwhile after two years of enjoying Big Enterprise in Communities money and over a year of "Making business Work" money I am led to understand by SENW of dale Street Livrpool that several months ago wirralbiz telephoned to announce their retirement. both parties may desire a quiet retirement from the scene but we are not aiming to let that happen hobroW
  • Score: 9

12:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Hugo1008 says...

Well done to the Globe and Martin for their relentless pursuit for some Honest, Real and Corect Propper Justice in this appaling case.

Not just for the disgraceful actions of senior officials at the time but also for the deeply disgraceful actions from elected and employed officials in trying to cover up the scandal, paying off senior directors and managers who failed the people of Wirral time and time again, and never held accountable for any failures.
The sheer incompetance and scandalous behavior of our so called elected peoples representatives in the form of Councillors, themselves so deeply involved in the proceedings that not only took place in that dreaful period but continues to this day, by an abject failure to put things right and correct the wrongs in an Open, Fair, and Transparent manner.

Just think some of those disgraceful failures overseen by long serving Elected Councillors who are soon to be competing for re-election and even being placed into positions of high importance to the whole structure of running and being part of Wirral Borough Council is just adding deep insult to scandalous injury and should be remembered by the electorate.
Well done to the Globe and Martin for their relentless pursuit for some Honest, Real and Corect Propper Justice in this appaling case. Not just for the disgraceful actions of senior officials at the time but also for the deeply disgraceful actions from elected and employed officials in trying to cover up the scandal, paying off senior directors and managers who failed the people of Wirral time and time again, and never held accountable for any failures. The sheer incompetance and scandalous behavior of our so called elected peoples representatives in the form of Councillors, themselves so deeply involved in the proceedings that not only took place in that dreaful period but continues to this day, by an abject failure to put things right and correct the wrongs in an Open, Fair, and Transparent manner. Just think some of those disgraceful failures overseen by long serving Elected Councillors who are soon to be competing for re-election and even being placed into positions of high importance to the whole structure of running and being part of Wirral Borough Council is just adding deep insult to scandalous injury and should be remembered by the electorate. Hugo1008
  • Score: 7

1:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hobroW says...

those who ignoire their history are doomed to repeat it
those who ignoire their history are doomed to repeat it hobroW
  • Score: 1

1:19pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

Wirral Council-fit for purpose? Definitely not!
Wirral Council-fit for purpose? Definitely not! bigfoot
  • Score: 4

5:56pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Positive thinker says...

HobroW,

Anyone with an ounce of common sense wouldn't listen to
them clowns,just read the headline I think we can safely say
it will. be the usual shisters in attendance
HobroW, Anyone with an ounce of common sense wouldn't listen to them clowns,just read the headline I think we can safely say it will. be the usual shisters in attendance Positive thinker
  • Score: -5

11:16am Sat 22 Mar 14

hobroW says...

Positive thinker wrote:
HobroW,

Anyone with an ounce of common sense wouldn't listen to
them clowns,just read the headline I think we can safely say
it will. be the usual shisters in attendance
In concord again with PT- I will open another can of beer tonight!

Just thought I would lket readers know what sume swe were talking of just with ISUS for now, not working Neighbourhoods which preceded it and which complemented it .

To sign on a client to ISUS scheme £176

To have at least 3 interviews with them £220

To have them start-up £1,144

Every year thereafter these ISUS start-ups and any other SME founded outside of ISUS could receive Intensicve start up being the £220.


THE CLIENT RECEIVED £500!!

The emphasis clearly is on the quality of the start-up advice.....??? since the advisor company received in first year £1,576 and could receive £220 every year thereafter. Further working neighbourhoods could contribute to 3 reviews at over £100 a time and also would contribute average of £180 per client for a course of 6 lectures...so some £2000 per client.

You would hope the WBC would be careful that it was getting value for money??
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: HobroW, Anyone with an ounce of common sense wouldn't listen to them clowns,just read the headline I think we can safely say it will. be the usual shisters in attendance[/p][/quote]In concord again with PT- I will open another can of beer tonight! Just thought I would lket readers know what sume swe were talking of just with ISUS for now, not working Neighbourhoods which preceded it and which complemented it . To sign on a client to ISUS scheme £176 To have at least 3 interviews with them £220 To have them start-up £1,144 Every year thereafter these ISUS start-ups and any other SME founded outside of ISUS could receive Intensicve start up being the £220. THE CLIENT RECEIVED £500!! The emphasis clearly is on the quality of the start-up advice.....??? since the advisor company received in first year £1,576 and could receive £220 every year thereafter. Further working neighbourhoods could contribute to 3 reviews at over £100 a time and also would contribute average of £180 per client for a course of 6 lectures...so some £2000 per client. You would hope the WBC would be careful that it was getting value for money?? hobroW
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Sat 22 Mar 14

MX says...

"Is he still harping on..." asks Positive Thinker
It strikes me as a case of what former US President Calvin Coolidge once said:
“They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.”
"Is he still harping on..." asks Positive Thinker It strikes me as a case of what former US President Calvin Coolidge once said: “They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.” MX
  • Score: 3

9:45pm Sat 22 Mar 14

drhowardfredrics says...

Kudos to Martin Morton for his bravery and tenacity in reporting the truth. The world needs more men like him.
Kudos to Martin Morton for his bravery and tenacity in reporting the truth. The world needs more men like him. drhowardfredrics
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Mon 24 Mar 14

hobroW says...

Repetition was used formerly and effectively to learn times tables or Latin conjugations. Learn your lines by repeating them. Repeat themm till you have learnt the lesson.

Nothing yet convinces that WBC has learnt its lesson.
Repetition was used formerly and effectively to learn times tables or Latin conjugations. Learn your lines by repeating them. Repeat themm till you have learnt the lesson. Nothing yet convinces that WBC has learnt its lesson. hobroW
  • Score: 1

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