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Concerned that Wirral council leader downplayed Klonowski
4:07pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Letters
I WOULD like to respond to the letter headlined "Profoundly disagree with comments on Foulkes" from the leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies in last week's Globe.
I am particularly concerned about his statement: "The shortcomings highlighted by the Anna Klonowski report went back several years and did not place the blame on elected members."
Firstly, Ms Klonowski does not refer merely to 'shortcomings'.
Her review in fact states: "The council's reputation has further deteriorated because, in relation to Department for Adult Social Services at least, it has in some areas been unable or unwilling to accept these serious failings and to address them."
This would still appear to be the case.
Councillor Davies' historical distancing ("went back several years") is surely now longer a credible get-out following a series of high-profile inquiries - Hillsborough, Leveson, Mid-Staffs - all of which demonstrate that if truth, justice and accountability are denied, they will continue to be vigorously pursued.
As for the report not placing the blame on elected members, an investigation of councillors' conduct was specifically excluded from the independent review.
Regardless of that, I simply cannot fathom how anyone who has read Ms Klonowski's supplementary report 'Corporate Governance Arrangements - Refresh and Renew' could possibly absolve elected members of any blame when she states "the evidence confirms the consultant's conclusion that, over a considerable period of time, this council has been consistently unable to get a grip of a range of inter-related issues."
Martin Morton, by email