The sheer ingratitude of Labour @CLPWallasey makes itself known

blocked by @CLPWallasey

Background

Starting around three years ago, Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (membership 1300 at the time) democratically set out their stall at the local AGM on 24th June 2016, the day after the EU referendum.

This clearing of the air was long overdue and all done within the party rulebook. The 44 delegates present agreed to state their support for Jeremy Corbyn as the leader and for Angela Eagle as local Wallasey MP.  They’d already shown their loyalty by supporting Eagle in her failed bid for the deputy leadership.

But Eagle was not happy about Wallasey members’ support for Corbyn, a position which flew into the face of her own stated, on the record praise for Corbyn’s campaign trail performance in the lead-up to the Brexit referendum.

She was not present at the AGM but it appeared to be a tempestuous meeting, from which arose media-borne allegations of bullying, intimidation and homophobia against certain members, which were much later proven to be completely without foundation.

From the moment these allegations were lodged we viewed them as fake, and an extremely malicious form of “trial by media”.

And so it proved when Wallasey CLP quickly became suspended for 18 months by a secretive, kangaroo court squatting inside Iain McNicol’s hard right NEC, which in turn was squatting inside the party. 

The next day, behind everybody’s back, Angela Eagle had a new website set up, angelaforleader.org, but continued to keep quiet about it.  Two days after that, she went public, revealing she intended to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party.  We then got the lies of Brickgate and the rest is history.  Her pathetic tilt at stardom failed miserably and fizzled out very publicly and very quickly.

Acting completely independently and without any consultation, starting on 12th July 2016, we decided it was time to lend our support for what it was worth.  We did this on here and via our social media channel of choice – Twitter.  And we did a lot.

1. BREAKING NEWS – #Brickgate – Angela Eagle’s Office Window was NOT broken…

2. #Brickgate – A Story That Won’t Go Away

3. Writer of gushing Guardian eulogy of Angela Eagle fights facts with innuendo

4. #Brickgate – Angela Eagle and The Guardian – a further update, and probably not the last

5. #Brickgate – Angela Eagle MP – Freedom of Information Request to Merseyside Police

6. #Brickgate – Reports of ‘attempted break-in’ at Polish off licence, opposite Angela Eagle’s Office

7. Exclusive – Wallasey Branch of Constituency Labour Party – Timeline to Wallasey CLP Suspension

8. Angela Eagle’s 17 whistleblowers – The Eagle 17 – Are they for REAL?

9. #Brickgate FOI request – A response is in from Merseyside Police

10. #Brickgate / Angela Eagle / Broken Stairwell Window – Our Complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation

11. #Brickgate – Angela Eagle – Merseyside Police Change Their Position on Freedom of Information Request

12. Post Factual Politics – an Update on #Brickgate – Investigation Complete – Nobody Arrested

13. False Flag “Whistleblowing” – A Guide – Part One – Starring Angela Eagle

14. #Brickgate latest ~ Wirral Labour Council: “Eagle broken window was Anti-Social Behaviour” – and NOT an angry mob from Islington

15. #Brickgate – Police finally admit – There’s No Evidence to Conclude ‘Angela Eagle’s Window’ was Smashed by a Brick

16. #Brickgate – Angela Eagle’s PR man – Imran Ahmed – throws his weight around on Twitter

17. #Brickgate – and the Alternative “Reality” of Conor Pope

18. #Brickgate Update – Angela Eagle’s alleged ‘Broken Office Window’ – all the links

19. #Brickgate – Police say “no proof a brick broke a window”. But 50 mainstream political journalists are unmoved

20. UPDATED – #Brickgate becomes #PieceOfMasonryGate as More Intriguing Answers Come in…

21. Merseyside Police Expose Angela Eagle’s #Brickgate Newspaper, TV and Radio Falsehoods

22. The Quest for the Fabled “Window of #Brickgate” – Part One

23. EXCLUSIVE – Wirral Council is Taking an Axe to its Customer Service Staff – 100 Full Time Jobs to Go

24. Do you live in Wallasey? After #Brickgate, a string of bogus allegations and council abuse, does Labour candidate Angela Eagle deserve your vote?

25. We had an Important Question for our Local Councillor, Paul Stuart

26. Wallasey CLP Suspension, Latest. The Labour Party, Breaching Data Protection Act, Unlawfully Withholds Paul Davies’ Personal Data.

27. BBC to help young students “Identify Fake News” #Brickgate

28. #Brickgate, Angela Eagle fed #FakeNews to the Daily Mail, and speaking truth to power

29. Transcript of our conversation with Angela Eagle on 11th May 2018

30. #Brickgate – Edited transcript of phone conversation between us and Jim Waterson of Buzzfeed (at the time)

31. #Brickgate, an update, almost three years later

32. Angela Eagle supporters have been discovered telling lies about Wallasey CLP Vice Chair Paul Davies

33. Wallasey CLP News. Does the Malicious Behaviour of an Angela Eagle Supporter Equate to Gross Misconduct?

34. Anti-Semitism, Israel and the Labour Party [version 2] – by Paul Davies, suspended Vice-Chair of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party

35. UPDATED – Wallasey Momentum’s Response to Labour NEC Report ~ Alleged Homophobia Towards Angela Eagle

36. Wallasey Constituency Labour Party ~ Press Release, with enclosures.

37. UPDATED with TV Report – EXCLUSIVE – Wallasey CLP Response to Labour Party Report. Personal Critique by Vice Chair Paul Davies

38. Eagle asked Wallasey CLP to support #OwenSmith – knowing they couldn’t vote

39. Police ‘no brick’; proven-false #smears; time #Wallasey CLP had INDEPENDENT report

40. Wallasey vice-Chair under expulsion threat – for refuting false allegations

41. Wallasey CLP vice-Chair Paul Davies. NEC investigation this Wednesday

42. 19-page Letter to Labour NEC Disciplinary Committee by Wallasey CLP vice-Chair Paul Davies – published in FULL

43. The Wallasey CLP Homophobia and Intimidation Allegations Have Collapsed

44. All charges dropped v #Wallasey CLP. When will it be reinstated – and false accusers punished?

45. What are the Charges Against Wallasey CLP’s Paul Davies?

46. Wirral’s Hard Right Labour getting a taste of democracy as The Matron resigns from the party

…plus so much more aimed at exposing the enemy within – here on Wirral – the pisspoor Tories, the squatting, hard right Labour faction, now dwindling, their once-bountiful, blue-tinged, toxic grapes, now withering on the vine.

Nobody protested, apart from the usual suspect, sock-puppet accounts that were loyal to Angela Eagle, Wirral Council’s hard right Labour councillors and to the hideous local status quo.

We personally know some prominent members of Wallasey CLP – who will remain nameless – and our action was taken through a sense of loyalty to both these old friends and to the Labour Party’s aims and values – a party to which admittedly we are not, never have been and never will be a member.

The last time we’d voted Labour was in 1992, five years before Tony Blair arrived as Labour Prime Minister.  We even regret doing that to this day because it installed Angela Eagle. And look how that turned out.

We fully appreciate that when you become a member of any political party – whether you rise through the ranks or not – signing on the dotted line means you willingly surrender certain, crucial ‘freedom of speech’ aspects to your internationally recognised Human Rights.

To be specific, when you sign up and pay your £4.30 per month, your Article 10 rights to Freedom of Expression become instantly curtailed and reduced in scope as an ominous disincentive to speak out in public is brandished over your head.  This is not unique to the Labour Party.  They’re all at it.

Article 10 EU Convention on Human Rights - freedom of expression

We could never join a political party.  Because its serving officers would take it upon themselves to interfere and aim to stop us blogging about awkward truths, which might involve dishonesty, deceit, or even bullying and abuse, all of which has occurred on Wirral over and over again in the past … and will again in the future.

Why?  Because the poor things treasure their reputations above all else and despise any independent, beyond their control publishing of dangerous, factual content by persons they regard as ‘upstarts’ or ‘subversives’.  Persons like us.

We are viewed as ‘threats’ by these inadequate, jumped-up abusers of the power foolishly vested in them. 

Our determined input over the last three years will have greatly assisted the cause of left-wing members and officers of @CLPWallasey, who were probably aching to speak up and make their views known, but felt either browbeaten, self-censored or potentially intimidated into not doing so.

Imagine how we felt upon discovering we’d been blocked by the very people we’d set out to help and had been helping continuously for the last three years.  We still support Labour of course.  The wider cause of the unrepresented UK working class is so much greater than these petty, piddling local issues.

We made a direct approach to try and get this fixed some weeks ago, but that appears to have failed.  So this is where our specific Wallasey CLP help must come to an end.

We should stress that what we did was all done beneath the radar, and no public gratitude was ever expressed, sought nor expected.  Which to us is totally as it should be, entirely fitting in the circumstances and the appropriate way for both Wallasey CLP and the Wirral In It Together blog to behave.


This blog is now well into its eighth year and has always been at pains to speak from a public interest standpoint and to criticise the failures (ongoing) of Wirral Council and others.  So much so we’ve even had UKIP people cheering us on.

Admittedly, over the last three years, we’ve lost some followers and gained probably a lot more due to our more obvious left-wing bias.

This post is being made to reassure readers that no matter WHO populates the members’ chamber and aspires to the control/leadership of Wirral Council in the future, we will continue to watch them like a hawk and to expose their failures and their perceived crimes to the local population.

We don’t give a damn if they’re right-wing, left-wing or middle of the road centrists. As usual, no leeway will be given.


Toodle pip!

 

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Two lovely policewomen knocked on our door today. Wirral Labour Councillor Adrian Jones had accused us of ‘harassment’

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Councillor Adrian Jones and Paul Cardin … in happier times

The ‘harassment’ issue here related to a chance meeting between us and Councillor Jones in the Wallasey Asda car park on 4th June 2019. From memory, the discussion went as follows:

Paul: Hi Adrian.  I’ve got a question for you.  I’ve been doing a bit of citizen journalism.  I know I should be asking your wife this question really, but how can she be commissioning her own job?  She’s sitting on the Joint Strategic Commissioning Board, but she’s working on the same trust.  Now, surely that should be declared as a conflict of interest?  Is it?

Adrian: It never occurred to me.  I don’t know.

Paul: Hadn’t occurred to you?  Does it sound right to you though, as an experienced councillor?

Adrian: I’ll ask the Borough Solicitor.

Paul: Right, okay…is that Vicki?

Adrian: Well, no it’s not, but I’ll ask the Borough Solicitor.

Paul: Who’s the Borough Solicitor, please?

Adrian: If you look on the web, you’ll find his name is…can’t remember.

Paul: You can’t remember who the Borough Solicitor’s name is?

Adrian: You’ll find it on…

Paul: Oh, right, okay.  So there’s no answer to that question?  It’s a very direct, easy one for you.  It seems like a conflict of interest, wouldn’t you agree?  How can somebody commission their own job?  Tell you what, here’s an easier one.  How much public money do you and your wife take home, on average, per annum?

Adrian: You really are a terrible bore and you’re offensive.

Paul: Why am I offensive?  That’s an easy question.

Adrian: I’d rather you…

Paul: How much public money…

Adrian: …not pester me in public.

Paul: Well, this is…

Adrian: Now, look, I’m asking you not to pester me…

Paul: You’re supposed to represent the public.

Adrian: And I’ll ask you to stop pushing me as well.

Paul: No, you just shoved into me.

Adrian: No, I didn’t.

Paul: You’re supposed to represent the public.  I’m not pestering you.  I’m asking good, honest questions.  I’m asking you to represent the public.  Now, it’s simply asking how much money you take home.  Public money.  That’s my money.  That’s my council tax you’re taking home.

Adrian: Well, you can look on the web and go and discover it.

Paul: So I’ve got to go and look on the web.  Do I have to put an FOI request in?

Adrian: You really are a nuisance.

Paul: That costs money.  I’m a nuisance?  Oh, come off it.  Come on, let’s be accountable.  Let’s have some accountability, Adrian.

Adrian’s friend: All right, Adrian!

Adrian: Not quite.  I’m in fact being harassed by this …

Paul: You’re not being harassed.  This is one incident.  Harassment in law takes two or more incidents.

Adrian: It’s one incident of the many.

Paul: No, come off it.  I’m merely…

Adrian: Now that there’s actually a witness…

Paul: I’m trying to…

Adrian: …here, would you mind…

Paul: I’m trying to represent…

Adrian: Would you please go away?

Paul: I’m trying to do your job.  I’m trying to represent the public.

Adrian: I’m asking you to go away.

Paul: I’m not going to go away until I get answers to the questions, Adrian.

Adrian: If you’re not going to go away now…

Paul: You’re taking a lot of money over the domestic threshold and you’re not prepared to tell us how much it is.

Adrian: I’m asking you very politely to go away.

Paul: What about *LOBO loans?  What do you think the answer’s going to be on that one?

Adrian: It’s a pity for you that there’s actually a witness present.

Paul: A witness to what?

Adrian: All I want you to do…

Paul: I’m asking questions.

Adrian: …is stop harassing me.

Paul: I’m not harassing you, Adrian.

Adrian: Well, I think you’re harassing me.

Paul: Not at all. I’m asking you to represent the public.

Adrian: It’s my perception…

Paul: I’m asking you…

Adrian: …that you’re harassing me.

Paul: I’m asking you to be accountable.

Adrian: Go away.

Paul: That’s not harassment.  Adrian, oh please.

Adrian: Go away.

Paul: Oh, don’t run away, Adrian.  You’re a public servant, Adrian.  Don’t run away.


*We recently went public on the fact that it was us who lodged the official objection against the LOBO loans aspect of Wirral Council’s public accounts almost three years ago. 

That’s it.  Apologies to any readers who may have been expecting threats, foul language, wild accusations or fits of rage consistent with an ongoing campaign of harassment.


 

Following today’s police visit, we’ve agreed to not ask any questions of Councillor Jones should we see him out and about at any time in the future and will restrict those questions to the official channels and to the confines of council meetings, etc.


 

Here’s an email we sent on the day of this chance encounter to Wirral Council’s Monitoring Officer (‘Borough Solicitor’) Philip McCourt:

email to philip mccourt wirral council monitoring officer

Answer came there none because Mr McCourt appears to have chosen not to respond.  We’re persistent and we chased him up earlier today with the following:

follow up email to philip mccourt wirral council monitoring officer

For some context, here’s (some of) what Councillor Adrian Jones has been deeply involved in during his time as a Wirral Councillor.  Much of this is factual, proven and highly irregular conduct, linked to failure and unpunished malfeasance that still requires further investigation.

That’s because for particularly controversial items such as the years of abuse of Wirral’s disabled people, brave whistleblowers risked everything, went public, took the consequences (they were bullied and forced out of their jobs), and independent investigators were called in to get to the bottom of it.

Sadly, here we are today and no trace of any adherence to due process and a willingness to accept proper accountability has ever been seen or registered by impartial onlookers, the press, voters or council staff themselves.

Jones, his wife and many of their colleagues have been abusing their power, stonewalling and holding the fort at this basket case for many years now, in the teeth of justified public shock, anger, deepening concern and disillusionment.


I gave the two lovely police officers the name of our blog and I’m hopeful that when they get a chance to relax and put their feet up, they will tune in, read some of the information herein and avail themselves of some of the essential broader context.

Like all politically engaged citizens, we don’t like to see our precious public money being frittered away. Hopefully, upon seeing the findings of the many independent investigations…

… the shabby behaviour of the local council and its members and senior officers will crystallize and become clear.

If they read our blog, these police officers will be presented with the facts and a much clearer idea of how real victimhood and feigned victimhood are two completely separate and distinct areas.

Bearing all this in mind should help them to correctly evaluate and balance the issues when Wirral’s councillors approach them and attempt to create ‘harassment’ allegations in the future. 

Here’s a tweet from the highly regarded “Secret Barrister”:


Links:

  1. A proven abuser was appointed to Head of Adult Social Services at Reading Council – but who’s been involved in covering it all up?
  2. High Noone at Reading Council. Danger averted…
  3. Our local councillor Adrian Jones washes his hands of Wirral Council abuse, then passes the buck to Reading Council
  4. Reading Council Safeguarding emergency. Confirmation of Noone and Fowler’s compromise agreements
  5. It’s “Wirral In It Together” ……as the Wirral Tory Leader closes ranks to march in lockstep with his Labour chums
  6. Thousands endangered in Reading. Here’s the FOI request spelling it all out. Yet still… Wirral Council FAILED
  7. It looks like holding Wirral and Reading Councils to account is not going to be easy
  8. The causal link between a Wirral Council failure and a safeguarding emergency
  9. An emergency safeguarding message has been left with our representative on Wirral Council, Seacombe Councillor Adrian Jones
  10. BIG Fund – The Wirral Council Leader’s Dishonesty Becomes Compounded
  11. Angela Eagle supporters have been discovered telling lies about Wallasey CLP Vice Chair Paul Davies
  12. No news really… just another Wirral Councillor alienating an inconvenient citizen
  13. CONFIRMED – 62 Wirral Councillors now registered with the ICO – but YOU are paying…
  14. UPDATE: Wirral Councillor humiliates himself AGAIN. Trashes a critic… then breaches his data privacy
  15. Wirral Council’s facilitation of whistleblowers

    Toodle Pip!


 

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A response to today’s email has just arrived:

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WARNING: WIDESPREAD FACIAL SURVEILLANCE IS AN “IMMINENT REALITY”

Coming to a UK Town or city near you.

Soon.

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WARNING: Widespread Facial Surveillance is an “Imminent Reality”

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May 21st, 2019

The dystopian future George Orwell warned us all about in his iconic novel, 1984 has quickly become our reality. Widespread facial surveillance in the “land of the free” is an “imminent reality.”

A tech privacy report, that has been swept under the rug by the mainstream media has declared that Americans are about to live through the very world Orwell wrote of. Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country. Ground zero, though, appears to be Detroit.

The “America Under Watch” report is a warning that authorities in select U.S. cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of…

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After THREE months, not one UK “news gathering” organisation has reported the Tory / Ind #antisemitism that occurred inside Wirral Council’s Chamber


 

Here’s our most recent posting. We lodged a standards complaint against one Tory and two Independent councillors whom we believe to be guilty through their publicly recorded actions of engaging in clear antisemitism. As a result, we were gagged for some weeks as the complaint was investigated:

#Antisemitism. We lodged a well-founded Standards Complaint against Tory & Independent Wirral Councillors. Here’s the outcome – it won’t be investigated

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Private Eye’s Ian Hislop Pushes the Anti-Semitism Smears on Have I Got News For You

Should I stop buying this? I’m seriously tempted. I’ve noticed these gaps in coverage, piggybacking onto MSM smears before and thought, oh, well, I’m only buying it for Rotten Boroughs by Tim Minogue, and the occasional excellent piece by M.D. Dr Phil Hammond so the rest of it can go take a running jump. We can’t deny a hell of a lot of good work goes into it for a bi-weekly publication. I’ll carry on for now and see if they buck up, the penny drops and they quit the oh, so easy #fakery

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This is another issue that I couldn’t let pass without comment. On Friday on the Beeb’s satirical news quiz show, Have I Got News For You, Ian Hislop took it upon himself once more to push the establishment smear that anti-Semitism is rife in Labour. The editor of Private Eye was responding to a question about the expulsion of Alistair Campbell, Blair’s former spin doctor, by the party for saying he voted Lib Dem in the elections. As Mike and Martin Odoni have shown on their blogs, Labour has Campbell bang to rights. What he’s done is very much against Labour party regulations. And Martin has further pointed out that there is no hypocrisy on Jeremy Corbyn’s part for his congratulation of George Galloway when he won Bradford West for the Respect Party. He was only doing what other Labour leaders have done before, such as Neil Kinnock when…

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New and available now. A superb eBook, charting #Brexit – from TheDuran.com

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This link [see 16:28] to the most recent video release on The Duran YouTube account features Alexander Mercouris – Editor in Chief of The Duran – providing a compelling and comprehensive summary of the #Brexit eBook.


Upon discovering TheDuran.com website and YouTube account, we’ve spent the last couple of years eagerly tuning in – along with 77,000 fellow YouTube subscribers – and have found these video presentations to be hugely entertaining and informative.

They form an absolutely indispensable record of historical ebbs and flows as the #Brexit process has unfolded.  These extremely fluid political events are described from clear vantage points focusing both inside the UK Parliament and from a broader standpoint, looking out across the UK media landscape.

The #Brexit eBook brings together the contents of six separate discussions recorded between 9th March and 17th April 2019.

The ebook also includes a substantial foreword by Alexander Mercouris, which links to previous web articles and offers excellent insights into the #Brexit process through every twist and turn along the way.

We can even see how TheDuran.com were amongst the first commentators to predict how the democratic will of the people risked not being honoured and that this would result in a single-issue Brexit Party emerging and throwing down the gauntlet to the old guard in Westminster.

At a mere $4.99 this #Brexit eBook comes highly recommended by the Wirral In It Together blog.


 

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Four Horsemen – Feature Documentary – Official Version

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Alastair Campbell ejected from Labour

Fifth columnist with Tory sympathies is put where he belongs…

➡️➡️ OUT of the Democratic ⬅️⬅️

➡️➡️ Socialist  Labour Party ⬅️⬅️

Could this be the beginnings of a purge? We fervently hope so…

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Former adviser to Tony Blair Alastair Campbell was finally ejected from Labour today.

Campbell’s most notable contribution to life on earth was to concoct a false report on the military capabilities of the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein; Campbell’s invention led directly to hundreds of thousands of deaths and the destruction of Iraq.

Campbell’s immediate response to his ejection was typical of his character: Petulant, haughty and full of distractions and false equivalences. 

All italicised text below are exact quotes from Campbell today.

Sad and disappointed to receive email expelling me from Labour – particularly on a day leadership finally seems to be moving to the right place on Brexit, not least thanks to tactical voting by party members, including MPs, councillors and peers who back a People’s Vote.”

Labour voters can switch to voting for another party but Labour members are required, in order to remain members, to…

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#Antisemitism. We lodged a well-founded Standards Complaint against Tory & Independent Wirral Councillors. Here’s the outcome – it won’t be investigated

Our pinned tweet – at the top of our @Wirral_in_it Twitter timeline


Bear with us, please. This is long and very involved… but to cover this properly, we have to do it justice…

The background

On 4th March 2019 there was a Wirral Council Budget meeting, which was broadcast live by the council.

Crucially, check out our earlier posts of 31st March, 12th March and 7th March 2019 to get yourselves right up to date on the full details of what occurred at this budget meeting. No national mainstream media organisation has reported the antisemitism aspect. The local media reported this as a budget meeting, oh, and by the way, there was a walk-out by the Tories. There was no mention of Tory party antisemitism. All antisemitism references were carefully and specifically attributed to Jewish Councillor Jo Bird:

31st March 2019

Wirral Tory / Independent antisemitism? Not reported in newspapers or media

12th March 2019

https://wirralinittogether.blog/2019/03/12/wirral-tories-embargo-jewish-councillor-as-she-speaks-about-her-familys-persecution-in-the-holocaust/

7th March 2019

https://wirralinittogether.blog/2019/03/07/as-the-feigned-anti-semitism-campaign-targets-its-outrage-locally-are-wirrals-tories-being-genuinely-anti-semitic/


Standards Complaint lodged on 31st March 2019

As readers know, this blog is now well into its eighth year.  A long time ago we took up an invitation, one that’s often issued to the watching public by local, paid politicians.

It’s where they beseech us to become engaged in local politics and to put something back. Sometimes they’ll openly criticise the people who voted for them because they are not ‘doing their bit’.

They always carefully omit to mention that any involvement by the public must be under their guidance and on their terms.

So not wishing to be controlled, monitored, drip-fed and managed, we’ve been doing it independently and under our own steam.

In the spirit of co-operation and robust enquiry, we lodged a Standards complaint on 31st March 2019 – made under the Members’ Code of Conduct – against three Wirral Councillors; Ian Lewis (Tory leader), Moira McLaughlin (Independent, former Labour) and Chris Meaden (Independent, former Labour).

It involved an alleged crime – antisemitism.

Here they are:

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Left to right, Lewis, McLaughlin, Meaden

Following the May local elections, Meaden is no longer drawing any public allowance, and as far as public life is concerned, has faded into history.

The alleged crime of antisemitism is connected to the following Council budget meeting of 4th March 2019:

[COUNCIL VIDEO]

https://wirral.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/406578


Here’s the detailed Standards Complaint we lodged on 31st March 2019 (continue to scroll down for a more readable version of its contents):

Wirral council standards complaint lewis mclaughlin meaden

For anyone struggling with the size of text, here’s the main body of the complaint.  For emphasis, we’ve emboldened the important, underlined sections above:

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The incident occurred at the Council Budget meeting of 4th March 2019.
At [01:21:50] in the Council Broadcast, when Councillor Jo Bird was due to speak, Councillor Lewis intervened.

ian lewis interruption of Jo Bird's speech

He stated that he wished to raise a motion – under Council Standing Order Section 12(13) – that “a member be not heard”. Without asking for assistance, Mayor Watt’s first reaction was to put the motion to a show of hands.

Standing order 12, 13, Wirral Council

Upon checking Standing Order Section 12(13), I noted that it had been written with the intention of quelling unruly or outrageous councillor behaviour occurring at the current meeting. Because Councillor Jo Bird had been suspended by her party following an incident in May 2017, and had not caused any problems at the current meeting, I therefore believe that Councillor Lewis’ action was dishonest. I also suspect Councillor Lewis knew the likely outcome of any vote beforehand – and that it would be unlikely to succeed. The key words Councillor Lewis used here are quoted within the Standing Order and are, “I move that a member be not heard.” In this case it is inappropriate and appears to be the unjustified removal of a councillor’s freedom of speech and her ability to represent and discharge the wishes of her constituents’ within the council chamber.

To quote Section 15 of the Standing Orders (Disorderly Conduct), nowhere during this Council Budget meeting did the intended target of Ian Lewis’ motion – Jewish Councillor Jo Bird – “misconduct herself, persistently disregard the ruling of the Mayor or behave irregularly, improperly or wilfully obstruct the business of the council, such that her continued presence at the meeting could not reasonably be tolerated”.


I believe, despite Liberal Democrat Councillor Phil Gilchrist’s intervention, [see 01:22:19 to 01:25:13 of council broadcast] that the Conservative Mayor, Councillor Geoffrey Watt and his legal adviser – the Director of Law and Monitoring Officer Mr Philip McCourt – made a gross error of judgment in permitting this motion and the subsequent vote to go ahead. Not least, Philip McCourt whose specific failing was to place the decision “in the gift of the Mayor”, a Mayor whom despite his impartial standing is a member of the Conservative Party.

Because Ian Lewis’s…

o knowledge or reasonable knowledge that Councillor Jo Bird was a Jewish councillor
o action in raising this completely inappropriate motion would be “using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”
o awareness of the likelihood that the vote would most likely fail
o party would most likely be provided with the opportunity to vacate the chamber

… suggesting Councillor Ian Lewis was both discriminatory and anti-Semitic.
I do not know for certain, but I suspect that never before will this motion have been used to silence a councillor, except in situations that may require it, i.e. unruly, irregular, improper, offensive behaviour – occurring at the actual meeting – which obstructs the business of the council or disregards the authority of the Mayor.

In this case, there was no unruly, irregular, improper or offensive behaviour consistent with Standing Order 15 / Section 12(13) at the actual meeting and in addition, the “anti-Semitism” charges that were brought against Councillor Jo Bird have since been found to be without foundation.
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Independent Councillor Moira McLaughlin and Independent Councillor Chris Meaden.

The incident occurred at the Council Budget meeting of 4th March 2019.

The incident is connected to the motion raised by Councillor Ian Lewis and the vote which failed as follows: 22 votes for, 39 votes against and 1 abstention.

When Councillor Jo Bird was granted permission to speak by Mayor Geoffrey Watt, a large number of Tory councillors rose to their feet and began to file out of the chamber. As witnessed on the Council broadcast, a number had passed the location of Councillor Bird while she was speaking. The Council broadcast camera cut away to show Mayor Geoffrey Watt calling for a brief adjournment “while some members leave.”

Councillor Jo Bird resumed speaking and continued as follows, “…thank you, it is unfortunate that the Conservative members have chosen to leave, thereby depriving their own residents of their voice in this chamber. And I’d like to address everybody, fellow councillors and residents of Wirral. I nip out during the Christian prayers here partly because I’m Jewish. My great-grandparents were refugees from ethnic cleansing
and fascism in Europe. My grandfather never knew his cousins because they perished in the Holocaust. I know from lived experience…”

At this moment, which was between [01:31:54 and 01:31:56] in the broadcast, and in full earshot of Jo Bird’s words regarding her family’s persecution during the Holocaust, Independent Councillors Chris Meaden and Moira McLaughlin can be seen walking past and out of the chamber.

It is my contention that to not heed Councillor Jo Bird’s sincere and moving words and to continue to walk out of the chamber is a strong indication that the two councillors’ actions reveal an astounding lack of respect and suggest them to be anti-Semitic.
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*sharp-eyed readers will notice I mixed up my Standing Order 12(13)s with my Standing Order 15s

A few days later, we received the following response:

Letter to Mr P Cardin 3rd April 2019 from Vicki Shaw, Acting Senior Manager Legal and Committee Services and Deputy Monitoring Officer

antisemitism standards complaint vicki shaw wirral counci 3rd April 2019 response


Relevant documents

Wirral Council Members’ Code of Conduct

https://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents/s50038393/Part5MembersCodeofConduct.doc.pdf

Wirral Council Protocol for dealing with allegations under the Members’ Code of Conduct

https://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents/s50018253/Appendix%204%20ATT409412.pdf


5th April 2019

Upon reading these documents, we had some further enquiries to make.  We sent the following email to Vicki Shaw today:

05 04 19 - email 1 to Vicki Shaw at Wirral Council

Vicki Shaw responded very quickly as follows:

05 04 19 - email 1 from Vicki Shaw at Wirral Council


Upon noticing a discrepancy here, the fact that Wirral Council were picking, choosing and following whichever Central Government guidance suited them, we responded with the following:

05 04 19 - email 2 to Vicki Shaw at Wirral Council


We’re fully aware that Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights enshrines freedom of expression for all citizens, along with the right to receive and impart information. 

Ms Shaw made no reference to these rights in any of her correspondence. Readers will notice that highly selective Ms Shaw, in line with abnormal Wirral Council culture, chooses which points to accept and ‘address’ and which points to reject.

We now had to decide whether to:

a. willingly surrender our Article 10 rights in order to accommodate a council that in publishing its newspaper Wirral View had breached Central Government guidelines on 30 separate occasions at the time of writing, or;

b. go ahead and publish

…with a heavy heart, we relented and didn’t tweet or publish anything at all until today.


Where the official facilitation of the alleged crime of antisemitism is concerned, the crux of what Councillor Gilchrist suggests at [01:22:29] – prior to the vote – is important here:

“My recollection without looking at the Standing Order is that for a member to be not heard, they actually have to do something outrageous in this chamber or address the council in a particular manner.  Councillor Bird has apparently made statements at a meeting somewhere else in the country which have received considerable attention for their offensive nature in the last few hours.  Nothing however’s been said specifically in this chamber and on that basis I want to hear Mr McCourt’s advice on the exact interpretation of this Standing Order.”

Well spotted Councillor Gilchrist. You hit the nail on the head.

Sadly, Vicki Shaw in her “preliminary assessment and evaluation” appeared to relegate / downgrade this crucial element when arriving at her convenient “no case to answer” verdict before closing the case without any further investigation (see below).


 

The key here to Vicki Shaw’s failure (upon failure) is the portion of the video between [01:23:11] and [01:24:15]. Here, Monitoring Officer Philip McCourt – who should have been aware of the danger of a potential criminal anti-semitism incident arising, actually disregarded the contents of Standing Order 15 / Section 12(13) and handed the baton to the Tory Mayor to make this important decision. Philip can be viewed stating… whether the member be not heard was “in the gift of the Mayor”.

It clearly was NOT in the gift of the Mayor to decide. Ignoring the provisions of Standing Order 15 was in our opinion, an action steeped in reckless, Tory Party bias.

Philip had already referred Mayor Watt to Standing Order 15 / Section 12(13) stating the direct opposite; that some sort of disruption by Councillor Jo Bird would have been required to justify a “freedom to speak ban”.

standing order 15 wirral council

What did Monitoring Officer Philip McCourt say? See [01:23:11]

“Members, there are two relevant Standing Orders.  There is a set of Standing Orders concerning disorderly conduct.  And as Councillor Gilchrist states, that relates though, directly to one of the motions that may be moved without notice which is that a member should not be further heard.  It is usually the case that that vote comes after some form of disturbance or disruption within the chamber, rather than simply denying a councillor a statement.  It is within the Mayor’s gift this evening to say that is a motion that’s not properly moved this time, or dispense with it by moving very quickly to the vote. That’s within the Mayor’s gift and we may wish to converse on that”.

How did Tory Mayor Watt respond? See [01:25:03]

“The Standing Order apparently is that the member be not heard. It’s nothing to do with disorderly conduct anywhere.  So if that has been properly proposed and seconded, I have to put it to the vote… (which appears to us to be both mealy-mouthed and nonsensical).


 

The Vicki Shaw decision(s)

  1. Councillor Ian Lewis (Antisemitism alleged, but not acknowledged as such – neither, as an alleged crime – by Head of Legal Ms Shaw in her decision).

antisemitism standards complaint vicki shaw wirral council 16th May 2019 decision


*See points 1 to 5, addressed below.

Again, should the above text be difficult to read, here’s a more readable version with underlined sections in bold:

Dear Mr Cardin

STANDARDS COMPLAINT

Further to my letter of 3 April 2019, I have now completed my initial assessment and
evaluation of the complaint you made against Councillor Lewis.

Under the Council’s protocol for dealing with complaints against members I must
determine how the complaint should be addressed. This can range from no action to
a full formal independent investigation.

As part of my assessment and evaluation I have had regard to the views of an
Independent Person. I have also had regard to the public interest and I have duly
considered all the relevant facts and issues that were raised.

The test in deciding whether or not there has been a breach of the code is objective:
would a reasonable person aware of all the material facts and ignoring all immaterial
factors consider that there has been a breach of the code?

The code of conduct only applies to the conduct of a member acting in an official
capacity and not at any other time. I have concluded that these allegations do fall
within the jurisdiction of the Code because Councillor Lewis was acting in his capacity
as a Councillor attending a Council meeting.

So far as material, the Code of Conduct provides as follows:

… General Obligations

1. When acting in
1.1 DO treat others with respect.
1.2 DO NOT conduct yourself in a manner which is contrary to the Council’s duty to
promote and maintain high standards of conduct of members.

Cllr Bird rose to speak in a debate about the budget and although she began by
speaking about her family history it would not be unreasonable for Members to expect that her speech would address budget issues which other Members may or may not wish to listen to.

As you have pointed out when Cllr Lewis rose and moved that Cllr Bird “be not heard”
under Standing Order 12 the Mayor initially proceeded straight to a vote but following
the intervention of Cllr Gilchrist sought advice from the Director of Governance and
Assurance. The initial advice given to Members by the Director was technically correct.
Whilst advice can be given by officers it is a matter for Members whether or not to
accept that advice. Under the Council’s Constitution the ruling of the Mayor in relation
to the interpretation of Standing Orders is final. The Director has, however, readily
accepted that he could have given stronger advice placing greater emphasis on the
link between Standing Order 12 and Standing Order 15 and indeed spoke immediately
to the Group Leaders at the close of the meeting and to Cllr Bird to relay this. Cllr Bird
had clearly not breached Standing Order 15 by behaving improperly or wilfully
obstructed the business of Council and the Mayor therefore should have been advised
more robustly to rule Cllr Lewis’ motion out of order.

Following the vote in relation to Cllr Lewis’ motion being lost the Conservative group
then walked out of the Council Chamber when Cllr Bird rose to speak. Whilst it may
be argued that Members getting up and leaving the Council Chamber while other
Members are speaking shows a lack of respect there are no Standing Orders within
the Council Constitution which prohibit Members from leaving the room during debates and it has been common custom and practice over many years for Members to leave and return to the Chamber during Council meetings including whilst other Members are speaking.

In considering whether there has been a failure to comply with paragraphs 1,1 and 1.2
of the Code of Conduct, I have had regard to Article 10 of the European Convention
on Human Rights. The right to freedom of expression is a crucially important right in a
democratic society and may only be interfered with where there are convincing and
compelling reasons within Article 10(2) justifying that interference. If the comments
amount to political expression then enhanced protection will apply. Article 10 protects
not only the substance of what is said, but also the form in which it is conveyed. In a
political context, the immoderate, offensive, exaggerated and aggressive may be
tolerated where it would not otherwise be. The Conservative Group took this action
because in their view they had to make a protest about Cllr Bird’s alleged antisemitic statements as reported in the press and her then suspension from the Labour Party.

The Courts have recognised that the term ‘political expression’ has a broad application
extending to all matters of public administration and public concern, including the
manner of performance of public duties by others and that politicians are subject to
wider limits of acceptable criticism and are expected to be more thick skinned and
tolerant to comment than ordinary citizens. Nevertheless, there are limits to what
amounts to acceptable public criticism such that the public interest in protecting an
individual’s private interests such as reputation must be weighed against open
discussion of matters, if the relevant comment was made or behaviour displayed by a
politician in political expression. Where the line is crossed is a matter which requires
an evaluative judgment involving a number of factors that have to be weighed together.
As the actions complained of took place at a meeting of the Council which is clearly a
place for political debate it is my view that the motion moved by Cllr Lewis and
behaviour displayed amounted to political expression and must be considered in that context.

Having carefully considered the facts and weighed all of the factors involved in this
matter it is my conclusion that the actions of Cllr Lewis did not on this occasion cross
the line and amount to a breach of the Members Code of Conduct. The Independent
Person agrees with my decision.

I have written to Cllr Lewis to inform him of my decision. Accordingly, I will now close
my file in respect of this matter.


 

2. Independent Councillors Moira McLaughlin and Chris Meaden.  (Antisemitism alleged, but not acknowledged as such – neither, as an alleged crime – by Head of Legal Ms Shaw in her decision).

antisemitism standards complaint vicki shaw wirral council 16th May 2019 decision2

*See point 6, addressed below.

And for easier reading, underlined sections in bold:

Dear Mr Cardin

STANDARDS COMPLAINT

Further to my letter of 3 April 2019, I have now completed my initial assessment and
evaluation of the complaint you made against Cllr McLaughlin and Cllr Meaden.
Under the Council’s protocol for dealing with complaints against members I must
determine how the complaint should be addressed. This can range from no action to
a full formal independent investigation.

As part of my assessment and evaluation I have had regard to the views of an
Independent Person. I have also had regard to the public interest and I have duly
considered all the relevant facts and issues that were raised.

The test in deciding whether or not there has been a breach of the code is objective:
would a reasonable person aware of all the material facts and ignoring all immaterial
factors consider that there has been a breach of the code?

The code of conduct only applies to the conduct of a member acting in an official
capacity and not at any other time. I have concluded that these allegations do fall
within the jurisdiction of the Code because Councillor McLaughlin and Councillor
Meaden were acting in their capacity as Councillors attending a Council meeting.
So far as material, the Code of Conduct provides as follows:

… General Obligations

1. When acting in your role as a member of the Council
1.1 DO treat others with respect.
1.2 DO NOT conduct yourself in a manner which is contrary to the Council’s duty to
promote and maintain high standards of conduct of members.

Whilst it may be argued that Members getting up and leaving the Council Chamber
while other Members are speaking shows a lack of respect there are no Standing
Orders within the Council Constitution which prohibit Members from leaving the room during debates and it has been common custom and practice over many years for Members to leave and return to the Chamber during Council meetings including whilst other Members are speaking.

Cllr Bird had risen to speak in a debate about the budget and although she began by
speaking about her family history it would not be unreasonable for Members to expect that her speech would move on to address budget issues which other Members may or may not wish to listen to.

In considering whether there has been a failure to comply with paragraphs 1,1 and 1.2
of the Code of Conduct, I have had regard to Article 10 of the European Convention
on Human Rights. The right to freedom of expression is a crucially important right in a
democratic society and may only be interfered with where there are convincing and
compelling reasons within Article 10(2) justifying that interference. If the comments
amount to political expression then enhanced protection will apply. Article 10 protects
not only the substance of what is said, but also the form in which it is conveyed. In a
political context, the immoderate, offensive, exaggerated and aggressive may be
tolerated where it would not otherwise be. In the days prior to the meeting it had been
reported in the press that Cllr Bird had allegedly made anti-Semitic statements and
had, at that point in time, been suspended from the Labour Party, a set of
circumstances which some other Members of the Council considered they had to
make a protest about.

The Courts have recognised that the term ‘political expression’ has a broad application
extending to all matters of public administration and public concern, including the
manner of performance of public duties by others and that politicians are subject to
wider limits of acceptable criticism and are expected to be more thick skinned and
tolerant to comment than ordinary citizens. Nevertheless, there are limits to what
amounts to acceptable public criticism such that the public interest in protecting an
individual’s private interests such as reputation must be weighed against open
discussion of matters, if the relevant comment was made or behaviour displayed by a
politician in political expression. Where the line is crossed is a matter which requires
an evaluative judgment involving a number of factors that have to be weighed together.
As the actions complained of took place at a meeting of the Council which is clearly a
place for political debate it is my view that the behaviour displayed amounted to
political expression and must be considered in that context.

Both Cllr McLaughlin and Cllr Meaden completely refute any accusation that their
behaviour was an indication that they hold any racists views or beliefs. Cllr McLaughlin
has pointed out that her views on racism of any kind were clearly set out in the speech she previously made to Council in the debate on the Notice of Motion condemning anti-Semitism, in which all elected members re-affirmed their support for the internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism.

Having carefully considered the facts and weighed all of the factors involved in this
matter it is my conclusion that the actions of Cllr McLaughlin and Cllr Meaden in
leaving the Chamber during Cllr Bird’s speech did not amount to a breach of the
Members Code of Conduct. The Independent Person agrees with my decision.
I have written to Cllr McLaughlin and Cllr Meaden to inform them of my decision.

Accordingly, I will now close my file in respect of this matter.


Vicki Shaw, despite claiming to have carefully considered the facts and weighed all the factors involved, refers to antisemitism only once within her findings.  This is with regard to the behaviour of Jewish Councillor Jo Bird, who had long ago been cleared of antisemitism, and a long time before Vicki Shaw sat down to deliberate. Neither does Vicki Shaw acknowledge anywhere that we are dealing with an alleged crime.

Are we witnessing a. incompetence and / or b. politically biased conduct here on the part of Wirral Council Head of Legal, Vicki Shaw?

When viewed alongside Wirral Council’s proven hypocrisy with Wirral View, the rank dishonesty over the three marquees fiasco and their foolish non-compliance with a court order (see the three links below), our suspicions may very well be confirmed.

It would be interesting and hugely enlightening to discover whether Head of Legal Vicki Shaw has had any active involvement in these examples of repeated corporate dishonesty.

Has accountability for failure and due process been followed, or has it been prevented from holding sway as top people like Paul Satoor (former work colleague = Tory Jeff Green – see the above letterheads) manage to cling to their highly-paid positions?


Further links to Wirral Council incompetence / dishonesty in legal matters:

https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/14648963.wirral-council-on-collision-course-with-government-as-controversial-newspaper-gets-the-go-ahead/

https://johnbrace.com/dj-hennessy-refers-to-traffic-chaosand-criticises-wirral-council-for-not-complying-with-a-court-order/

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/judge-slams-wirral-council-error-16245181


Points 1 to 6, addressed

  1. “Cllr Bird rose to speak in a debate about the budget and although she began by speaking about her family history it would not be unreasonable for Members to expect that her speech would address budget issues which other Members may or may not wish to listen to.” The precise subject of Councillor Bird’s “family history” – family members persecuted during the Holocaust – has been left unacknowledged and unaddressed by Wirral Head of Legal Vicki Shaw. Vicki appears to have made a conscious decision to downplay the historical importance of the subject matter in describing it as merely ‘family history’. She’s in a hole, but carries on digging by suggesting that Wirral Council members may or may not wish to listen to it.
  2. “Whilst it may be argued that Members getting up and leaving the Council Chamber while other Members are speaking shows a lack of respect there are no Standing Orders within the Council Constitution which prohibit Members from leaving the room during debates and it has been common custom and practice over many years for Members to leave and return to the Chamber during Council meetings including whilst other Members are speaking.” Here, Vicki continues to dig deeper as she conflates council members e.g. going to the toilet with members getting to their feet en masse and walking out as a Jewish member addresses them on her family members’ persecution during the Holocaust. Admittedly, Tory members were not to know the subject matter as they walked out. Only two council member could be seen to continue walking after the Holocaust was mentioned – Independent Party members Moira McLaghlin and Chris Meaden, hence the specific nature of this complaint.
  3. “The Conservative Group took this action because in their view they had to make a protest about Cllr Bird’s alleged antisemitic statements as reported in the press and her then suspension from the Labour Party.” Let’s take a studied step back here and put the shoe on the other foot. Amid the current, press and media-led witch hunt against Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-racist party – a description justified by being the only UK political party ever to raise and promote anti-racist legislation – the Labour Party would never get the chance to walk out en masse after reading something in the papers, because there is in our opinion a distinct absence of coverage of Tory Party antisemitism, which we all know exists. But it’s simply not media policy to get out there and report it. Furthermore, here’s alleged anti-semitic, right-wing Independent Councillor Moira McLaughlin imploring “You don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers, do you…?” This refers to the disability discrimination of her own Social Services Department – discovered when she was presiding member in July 2011.  That’s not an accusation we’ve just dreamt up. Disability discrimination was a finding uncovered by the independent, respected UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. Here’s a link to the official letter from Mike Smith, Chair of the Disabilities Committee – a letter which you can see Councillor McLaughlin was absolutely desperate to have concealed. An action for which I lodged a Standards complaint against her, but true to form, the whole thing was whitewashed. See here and here.you dont believe everything you read in the newspapers do you mclaughlin standards complainthttp://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/8788691.Watchdog_accuses_Wirral_Council_of_discrimination_against_disabled_people/
  4. “The motion moved by Cllr Lewis and behaviour displayed amounted to political expression and must be considered in that context.” The ‘political expression’ here was in breach of Wirral Council’s Standing Order 15, as explained previously in our original Standards complaint. The combined failure / bias of Philip McCourt and Mayor Geoffrey Watt respectively, the alleged crime of antisemitism (under the guise of Vicki Shaw’s ‘political expression’) to be facilitated inside the Wirral Council chamber on 4th March 2019.
  5. The Independent Person – whom it appears shall remain anonymous. We’ll be writing to Vicki to ask her to identify this person. If she fails to comply, we’ll place a Freedom of Information request at public expense, which would have been foreseeble and avoidable, but … this is Wirral. A public servant cannot hope to validate or corroborate an important decision such as this by referring to an unnamed outsider. The way things stand currently she could have dragged him in off the street.
  6. (See the McLaughlin / Meaden decision) Cllr McLaughlin has pointed out that her views on racism of any kind were clearly set out in the speech she previously made to Council in the debate on the Notice of Motion condemning anti-Semitism, in which all elected members re-affirmed their support for the internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism.  Councillor McLaughlin can be seen [01:31:56] walking out of the Wirral Council chamber directly after Councillor Jo Bird mentions her family members’ persecution during the Holocaust. She ignored Jo’s deeply moving words on this dark period in the history of the Jewish people. This very regrettable action (and her colleague Councillor Meaden’s identical action) is the starkest indication of the alleged antisemitism I am reporting, occurring on 4th March 2019 in the Wirral Council chamber. Despite her claim to the contrary with Vicki Shaw’s decision, Councillor McLaughlin’s behaviour on this day clearly supports the proven maxim, “Actions speak louder than words”.

wirral independent councillor mclaughlin walks out during jo birds speech about the holocaust

Christian prayers prior to the meeting

Wirral Council Christian Prayer – spoken by the Civic Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend David Chester at the above Council meeting of 4th March 2019.

We wonder if the vicar spotted an alleged crime being played out under his nose?

Rev David Chester

Rev David Chester

[00:00:35 to 00:01:20]

“We pray for the Borough of Wirral, for all who work here, for the work of the Mayor and councillors of this Borough and for all who bear responsibility for the ordering of our common life.  For those who work with and for our children and young people in education and recreation, for a vision of community which inspires our labours and for the use of our gifts in the service of God’s People.  Heavenly Father, whose blessed son Jesus Christ has shown us that the secret of happiness is a heart set free from selfish desires, help us to look not only on our own care but also on the needs of others and inspire us with such fair dealing and fellow-feeling as may show our common citizenship in you through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

All:  Amen.

FOI request, asking how much public cash is the vicar paid?


If Vicki – in her responsible role as Head of Legal Services – isn’t going to do it, should we approach the police to report this alleged crime?

What do the Wirral public think?


Toodle Pip !

p.s. After three months, a Central Government / Tory Party response is not yet forthcoming:

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Breaking: It’s The End of May. Theresa May announces her resignation

 

Great news.

“Decent”?

“Moderate”?

“Compassionate”?

She and her institutionally racist Tory colleagues CAUSED the Grenfell Tower fire.

But she took this was opportunity to issue more lies laid upon lies.

She finished her presentation today, not with a dance, but a theatrical SOB…

Where were her tears for the THOUSANDS of defenceless, disabled, elderly, poor, homeless people – including forces veterans – the Tories have put to death, including those killed by the corners cut through “safety” industry negligence at Grenfell Tower…?

What about her savage #hostileenvironment that sent British people packing to countries that were completely alien to them?

As this callous Tory tries and fails to gloss over it with bogus associations to “kindness”,  ending domestic abuse, and an end to Tory-imposed austerity, let’s be careful what we wish for.

Boris Johnson next?

If so, it will be the death of the Tory Party.

Which will be a VERY welcome shot in the arm for all genuinely decent people.

The 7th June 2019 can’t come soon enough.


Toodle Pip!

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