Former Wirral Council Director of Law, Bill Norman, has resigned from Cheshire East Council following the suspension of himself and two fellow senior officers.
No pay off we assume, but crucially, no disciplinary measures and no public accountability either… as usual. Knowing his history, maybe this serial gamer of the system and journeyman has been busy looking for something else during the downtime?
If the bulging sacks of cash and growing pension pot he’s amassed during his journey from Torbay to Wirral to Hereford to Cheshire East were not quite enough to cover the mortgage and the lifestyle, then maybe we’ll see him being welcomed into his next well-remunerated senior public sector or “charity” role very soon?
And if we’re wrong, and setting himself up for the future was not the reason for bailing out, presumably somebody in the know on the inside has tipped Norman off as to what form of redress was on the cards…
Next, it’ll be a managed reputation for the inner ring at Cheshire East as the replacement broom sweeps clean and the most damaging aspects of the Bill Norman section of the ‘independent’ investigation are carefully and dutifully ‘lost’.
When we were suspended for five months, followed by a welter of gross misconduct and ‘bullying’ charges, we were ordered not to contact anybody at Wirral Council, which is standard procedure. The stark difference in our case was that we were innocent on all charges and had no need or desire to contact any racist, bully, bigot, throwback, lackey, drone, clone, Unison traitor or otherwise, because we had no use for them and they for us.
But with Billy boy, he will have been desperate to stay in touch with events as they unfolded, simply to remain in pole position to call the shots.
And so ……………this is what came to pass.
It is all too familiar, customary, and the road most travelled. Because this is what transpires and passes for ‘due process’ under a system that’s been got at, contrived and honed over many years, with all paths converging towards the protection of the interests of senior officers and senior councillors…. and the same paths diverging away from the interests of honest whistleblowers, complainants and junior staff…. and by extension, the wider public.
Very rarely does a senior council officer come along who is acting in the public good.
Dignified people, with their good faith threats to the corrupt status quo, will continue to be targeted, lined up, destroyed and dispatched in disgrace as ‘not worthy, and not quite fitting the Bill’ – pun intended…