Thursday, 21 March 2019

Jan Britton - Taking The Ric?

Yesterday I mentioned the huge concrete sleeper works proposed by Network Rail and to be built, if approved, at Bescot Sidings. One wing of London-based "MP's" Tom Watson's team are trying to push this through whilst the other wing are objecting to the scheme! Funny that isn't it! And the bent Labour Council are also trying to force it through despite huge numbers of objectors.
Traffic and parking already chaotic around Tame Bridge!
As I read into this today one curious thing immediately caught my attention. In October, 2018 Jan Britton, the head of Sandwell's bent paid service, wrote to the absentee MP Watson:


Ok this is supposed to be part of a wider regeneration project but with hundreds of people in the area objecting local folk may be surprised that the Council itself is forking out for mega expensive consultants to mark Network Rail's homework long before a planning application!

Jan Britton has form for dishing out huge contracts without competitive tender eg to Racist Wragges (posts passim) and so I suppose we should be impressed that he is allegedly playing by the rules on this. And Ricardo are a top firm. They even have a special "Rail Division" where a "key client" is, ahem, Network Rail! This from the Ricardo website:


So a public body, Network Rail, is using taxpayers' money to try and shoehorn a huge factory in next to houses and clogged roads. The taxpayer is paying its consultants to force this through a bent Labour Council which is also using taxpayers' money to pay consultants to check that Network Rail's consultants are not telling porkies and those consultants do oodles of work for, er, Network Rail.

I wonder what conversation the disastrous Britton had with Ricardo about their apparently humongous conflict of interest!

Wednesbury - I do hope Labour and Tom Watson are not shafting you!

REMEMBER TO ATTEND THE NETWORK RAIL CONSULTATIONS AT WALSALL FC FRIDAY 29TH AND SATURDAY 30TH WHERE YOU CAN TRY AND ASK ABOUT ALL THIS!

Just in case you thought Watson was a regular guy and not a bullying creep (he hounded a man to his death with false allegations of the vilest kind) just take a look at this outrageous tweet:



One of the biggest fans of Interserve, which recently collapsed into administration, was the corrupt Labour Council in his own constituency in whose affairs he, WATSON, interferes constantly. Tommy is really taking the p*ss here

Bent Sandwell Labour under Cooper and Eling were massive cheerleaders for Private Finance (PFI) schemes which are ruinously expensive. This pair and others ditched the first contractor, Vinci, in the first phase of local PFI schools in favour of Interserve. These schemes appealed to brainless people like Cooper since they could boast bright new schools in the Borough but "on tick" as they then had to contract for mega-expensive service contracts for, usually, 30 years. Eling, who thinks he is clever on financial matters, should have known better. Even those Labour Councillors who pose as "hard-left" joined in the Interserve love-fest with gusto voting through deal after deal.

The Tories had invented PFI (Norman Blackwell, the ex-Chair of Interserve, was a policy wonk for Thatcher) but Labour loved the idea of the illusion that this gigantic borrowing was not, in fact, debt even though they were happily shafting future generations for huge, er, debts! (It's called "socialism").

Blair and Gordon "The Moron" Brown turbo-charged these schemes and spent like drunken sailors. And Sandwell Labour were one of the biggest cheerleaders of all - stating for many years in the annual accounts that they actively wanted to do even more PFI deals! But when the Tories came back into power they realised how expensive these schemes had become. Michael Gove stopped the ruinously expensive "Building Schools For the Future" scheme. When he announced this in Parliament Tom Watson shouted at him that he was "a miserable pipsqueak" and the comrades actually took the Government to Court to keep the scheme going!

When Cooper, Eling and others decided (unlawfully) to shaft The Public in West Brom the eventual bent deal involved a £6m (yes, six million pounds) contract to, er, Interserve without ANY competitive tender but with the full approval of Sandwell Labour Councillors. Watson was, of course, deeply involved in the decision to destroy the arts and community facility despite press reports - emanating from him - to the contrary!

Watson's diet may have got rid of his multiple chins but he still has two faces!

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Mohammad Rouf - Three Standards Breaches!

Way back in 2015 I was still a bit wet behind the ears when it came to West Midlands Police (WMP). I heard all the stories of their corrupt collusion with bent Labour Sandwell Council but naively thought that even if this was true in the past, surely things had changed for the better? Of course, I was wrong and things were actually far worse than I knew then and, if anything, the position is as bad now as it was four years ago.

Back in the day I made a formal complaint to WMP relating to five Labour Councillors who had made false declarations in their Register of Interest entries. I took this by hand to West Bromwich nick where the civilian staff on the desk did their best to fob me off. I persisted and (on a different date) finally went in to see an officer. I was told that enquiries were in hand and, like a prat, believed a Sandwell cop!

I had actually taken in and handed to the officer copies of the Act showing why the sundry complaints may have constituted criminal offences. The cops had six months to investigate this and to bring charges if that is what they wanted to do. But they deliberately allowed the time limit to expire. A complaint to the IPCC - police complaints - elicited that in all five cases WMP had done NOTHING whatsoever - absolutely NOTHING. Not content with p*ssing on me the (moral) Cowards in Blue decided to tell me it was raining. They made the incredible claim that they had let the time limit expire - wait for it - THROUGH IGNORANCE OF THE LAW! Boom, boom! Try that "defence" next time they pull you up for something and see how far it gets you!

Of course, Sandwell Police have form for this. When Lucy Cashmore (daughter of Labour Cllrs Linda and Roger Horton) gave a false address to get elected to Sandwell Council (and to screw us all for four years of allowances) the Tories made complaint to WMP. They eventually sent an officer Gilece round to the Horton's house in Hall Road, Smethwick to meet Lying Lucy there BY PRE-ARRANGED APPOINTMENT. And lo, the Liar just happened to be in when he arrived! The Tories were still unhappy and one of their assures me that an Inspector (?) Gill Munslow (?) eventually said that Sandwell Police had deliberately let the time limit for mounting a legal challenge expire! (It is VERY important to note here that the Inspector was specifically NOT involved in any police aspect of this matter and no such implication is made here. I simply report what the local Tories told me.)

Many Labour Councillors were very well aware that Cashmore was not living in Hall Road. Class comedian Bob "Seig Heil" Piper - who has been on the Audit Committee for years "lol" - thought this rip-off (for several thousands of pounds) to be a tremendous joke on us taxpayers. In 2017 I organised in Sandwell the UK's first ever "Corruptour" ie a charabanc trip round many of the sites involved in fraud and corruption under this stinking local Labour Party. Hall Road was one of the stops on the itinerary and Piper joked to me "I wonder whether Linda will be inviting you all in to see Lucy's phantom bedroom"!

As this blog has shown in past posts ad nauseam, Mo Rouf is now living in a 7-bedroom house on Florence Road, Smethwick. The whole transaction - first with one son involved and then with a second - appears to have been fraudulent and involved the late Smethwick Scumbag and "Leader", Darren Cooper, ordering the land to be removed from auction and sold for far less than the cost Sandwell Council paid for it. (Us taxpayers via the bent Labour Council paid over £200,000 for the plot plus demolition costs of existing houses. Despite extensive local interest in the plot it was sold to Rouf's son for just £65,000). This bent deal was NOT investigated in the infamous and useless "Wragge" Report and, as far as I know, WMP have never looked at it either despite the pile of
evidence available to them. But then they wouldn't want to sh*t on their mates would they?

This matter was specifically raised in the House of Commons by James Morris MP over a year ago but there has STILL been no police or other investigation!!!!


I have, of course, made numerous complaints about the Rouf house and other matters he was involved with over the years. In 2018 I made a formal standards complaint ie:

1   Rouf made false entries in his Register of Interests in respect of 88 Shireland Road, Smethwick;

2   He made false declarations of interest in respect of 33 Trafalgar Road, Smethwick;

3   Rouf made false declarations concerning his employment as a taxi driver (not bad for someone on the Licensing Committee....);

4   That he acted dishonestly in respect of the transfer of the Florence Road plot to his son.

The Monitoring Officer is now Surjit Tour - the most dangerous man in Sandwell Council. This piece of work* is simply refusing very serious standards complaints (notably those against Squealing Eling) off his own bat and with wholly "inadequate" reasons. In this case he said that the transaction has been the subject of another standards hearing (which is news to me and everyone I have spoken to - it was referred to in another hearing when it was disclosed that the former wife-beater Cooper had been behind removing the property from auction but there has been no standards hearing involving Rouf to my knowledge). Tour claims there has been a standards investigation (as opposed to an audit investigation) into this transaction but has not disclosed this nor any part of it. He alleges that there was insufficient evidence against Rouf but, again, none of this has been made public. In the circumstances he says that there will be no further investigation - as simple as that! (Though The Skidder for one will not be giving up on this just yet.....)


In February Tour supplied me with a copy of the Investigation report into the other three matters. Basically Rouf was holding his hands up but his "defences" didn't quite ring true. I made representations about that which, of course, were duly ignored. I also stated that in the light of the cover up of any investigation into the Florence Road plot (and other unrelated matters) I had no confidence in the standards process at bent Sandwell Council generally and also no confidence whatsoever in Tour himself to conduct such investigations.

BUT Rouf IS GUILTY of three breaches with the "inaccuracy" in these matters continuing over a number of years. In the three cases "the failure to make declarations of interest as required amounts to breach of the Member's Code of Conduct."

This smacks to me of Rouf holding his hands up to 3 relatively minor breaches to escape "the big one" eh readers? And even after this time there was plenty of evidence to find Rouf in breach so that if the bent cops had investigated this in the first place there would at least have been a prima facie case upon which the CPS could have decided whether or not to prosecute!

Of course, the penalties a Council can now impose here are feeble and despite THREE different  breaches of the code his "sentence" is to undergo training as to the obligations and duties relating to the Register of Interests! That's it! The matter will NOT go to a full, public, Standards Hearing.

This feels like a pyrrhic victory but a wins a win against these bastards!

* I am currently involved in a legal claim against Sandwell Council where the identity of one councillor has yet to be established. Tour - a solicitor - eventually supplied me with a CCTV tape but failed to tell me that it had been doctored and over 30 seconds cut out. At 17.27.58 two figures appear in the top right hand corner but then disappear - just like that! One of the two disappearing figures is, of course, Mohammad Rouf! How very odd......




Another Disastrous Squealing Eling Appointment!

You would thing after deposed "Leader" Squealing Eling made such a disastrous appointment to the Cabinet as Tricky Dicky Marshall he might have learned his lesson but arrogant sh*ts never do, do they? And so in November, 2018 Sandwell Labour's newest "Business Ambassador" was introduced to the world (please allow me to pause a moment as I am p*ssing my pants....):


A previous incumbent for this role in the, er, business-hating Council was Cllr Bill "Yellow" Gavan who, as this blog showed, had a veritable galaxy of , er, failed business in his firmament. Now I am not one to denigrate taxi drivers but that seems to have been Mo's only "real job" - at least for a good few years and even though, as above, he seems to have, er, forgotten about it. As readers will know, Mo works tirelessly day and night in the family-owned Midnight Pharmacy in Shireland Road. A female claiming to be a family member told be he was earning a regular wad of "cash" for his services (and I was not given a till receipt by him when I bought an item from his son's emporium). But this is clearly all wrong and I am happy to report that Mo told me personally that he puts so many hours in on a purely voluntary basis for the benefit of his family and the local community. What a guy! And in his current Register of Interests Rouf  indeed says he and his wife have no employment.

In the Standards Investigation referred to above Rouf claimed that he gave up taxi driving "shortly after 2010" (whatever that means and that does not really accord with my information). If we say early 2011 that means that by his own admission Mo has been unemployed for eight years. I know many of the Sandwell Labour Group are unemployed or scroungers of one sort or another but how does the great Steve Eling get to pick this guy as a "business ambassador" FFS?

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

BIG DATES - Londonderry/Wednesbury

PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE THIS POST RELATES TO TWO SPECIFIC AREAS IT DOESN'T MATTER TO YOU - IT AFFECTS EVERYONE IN SANDWELL. YOU ALL BREATHE THE SAME POLLUTED AIR AND FACE THE SAME POLITICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THIS BENT COUNCIL FLOGGING LAND AND RIDING ROUGHSHOD OVER PLANNING AND OTHER LAW. NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE AND FIGHT TOGETHER AGAINST THESE DICTATORS!

It is hard for folks who live outside the "socialist paradise" of Sandwell to comprehend just how cynical Labour are in their running of their tinpot dictatorship of four decades. And local folk don't seem that bothered either as a small percentage keep voting year on year for continuing failure.

Exhibit 1 M'lud: Londonderry Lane Playing Fields

Sandwell - aka Sadwell - is blessed with two green areas that enjoy political favour - Sandwell Valley and Warley Woods. The rest of the Borough is largely an urban sh*thole riddled with polluted ground and poisonous air for your kids to "enjoy". Labour are now in a headlong race to sell-off any green space not in the Valley or Woods to get the money to prop up its dire regime and perpetuate the deprivation of 40+ years. Hence, for example, the bent deal deal to try to destroy Lion Farm Fields in Oldbury.

Over the years the comrades have devised a "plan" "lol" that each of the rotten Borough's six towns should have identical "facilities" regardless of economic or other rational arguments. The sports-mad "socialists" wanted a nice shiny new and heavily-subsidised Leisure Centre in each town regardless of need, alternative private provision and cost to the taxpayer. It was the dream of the former wife-beater and Sandwell "leader", the late Darren Cooper, that Smethwick should get a leisure centre at all costs but that seemed to have been put on hold with his death. But then the Commonwealth Games jokers came along and sprinkled what they perceive to be some stardust in the eyes of the moronic councillors and suddenly the race was on to find a site for a swimming pool. And because the rubbishy Games have to be on a fixed date in 2022 the comrades urgently need a nice "clean" site so that the builders can start destruction asap. What better place than Londonderry Fields? OK it's green space partially in trust for local people. It has (or had) trees and grass and a wild meadow and football pitches used by the Warley League (who are also threatened with losing Lion Farm Fields). The fields are a green lung hemmed in by housing and narrow roads - so ideal for a venue designed to generate MORE traffic, congestion and pollution in the area!!!


There are brownfield sites all across the Borough but most are heavily polluted and requiring much remedial work. Hammerson have just announced that they are pulling out of the scheme to build a large shopping centre at The Junction in Oldbury which would seemingly be an excellent site (if this huge some of money is to be p*ssed up the wall) as it is right by Sandwell and Dudley Station. But Smethwick must have a "leisure centre"!

And the Labour sheep are desperate for some "glory" and a "legacy"  when the Borough is at or near the bottom of every deprivation league table going. That old canard "it will put Sandwell on the map" is being waddled out (and as the games will be - and already are - being heavily marketed with OUR money as the BIRMINGHAM games, this is absurd). The Labour morons said the cost would be just £15m. That doubled to £30m immediately and has doubled again to £60m! Labour say (and you folk trust them "lol") that most of the money will come from the Games organisers, Sport England, the Government etc (ie us taxpayers) but there is talk currently of the cost TO SANDWELL being £27 million!!! Two swimming pools will close and be replaced by one. This should free up other sites for redevelopment and cut maintenance costs etc but Sandwell will end up paying through the nose for this ghastly vanity project!

And many of you will have had letters like this drop through your letterbox recently - Cllr Eling (as was) has forced yet another Council Tax hike through yet again but the money for this crap has to be raised somehow!


And once the lovely green space is gone, it is gone for ever.......

Of course, there are laws etc designed to protect local people when this sort of b*llocks is proposed. But Sandwell Labour are, literally, a law unto themselves. They work on the basis that no-one has got any money to sue to them and so they can f*ck you prats who live there over any time they like. Once the political decision was made by Labour to destroy Londonderry the usual tactics were applied.

As it is the Council's own project to destroy green space they had to "consult" with folk. There WAS extensive consultation with, er, local swimming clubs. Hardly surprisingly, they were all for it! Jan Britton, the head of Sandwell's bent paid service, then said that all nearby residents had been consulted by letter which came as a shock to local residents as the vast majority had received NOTHING!

A local group was set up to protect the Fields (Facebook - Save Londonderry Lane Playing Fields) but it is like trying to push water up hill as bent Labour are determined to force this through. Groups really need to learn lessons from all this. People are - voluntarily - working really hard on top of their day jobs and often facing unpleasantness but certain elementary errors are still being made. There is a knee-jerk reaction to sign a petition but when it comes to planning - and as we shall see - these are useless. I have warned against this on this blog - eg when Cllr Liam Preece shafted local residents in respect of advertising hoardings at Ray Hall Lane by encouraging locals to sign a petition instead of making proper planning objections (see further below). I have warned other organisations/groups but many are simply not listening....

Despite the fact that bent Sandwell want to plonk a large public building on a green space in a residential area the Council's new "Regeneration" supremo, Amy Harhoff, has written a letter saying that NO environmental impact assessment is necessary! This is absurd and another example of the comrades just p*ssing over local people on the basis that no-one has the money to take this to a judicial review.

The planning application is being forced through at Mach 10 but even that is not quick enough for this corrupt Council and so Midland Forestry Limited recently appeared on site before planning permission has been granted and chopped down 22 healthy trees (they have not answered my email about this wanton destruction so if you want to try them for an explanation the email address is enquiries@midlandforestry.co.uk)! The meadow has also been mowed into extinction. With regard to the trees in this rigged process Cllr Linda Horton confirmed that this was done urgently to prevent delays in the building process by, er, nesting birds!

From Facebook Group:



I attended the planning meeting on 13th March where the campaign group's Keith Price ably went in to bat to stop this farce. As an objector he was allowed 5 minutes only. (The speakers for the Games group were allowed two speakers to promote the white elephant).

It is always difficult to know with the comrades whether those purporting to be against a scheme are showboating to give the whole rubber-stamping exercise a veneer of legality. Cllr Jackie Taylor blathered on for a few minutes on a point that was hard to detect but did - unless this was fixed beforehand - vote against the scheme. The most arrogant man in Sandwell (even WORSE than the Squealer) Cllr Bob "Seig Heil" Piper did validly ask about an air quality assessment and a Council apparatchik confirmed that SMBC had simply decided not to bother to do one! Piper and the Planning Committee thought that one should be done both in respect of the Games use of the building and the later use as a leisure centre! With that agreed Piper was happy to vote for the crazed plan.

The committee were simply told of the 240-strong petition from local residents but this was then ignored. It was pointed out that there were only EIGHT letters of objection for this pile of crap!

At risk of the moral Cowards in Blue deliberately twisting my words, here are the comrades voting. These people need to be POLITICALLY destroyed by all legal means for this vandalism as soon as possible (although the Party itself is culling some of the sheep):


These are the wreckers:

Keith Davies, Sue Downing, Sue Eaves, Joy Edis, Elizabeth Giles, Luke Giles, Bob "Seig Heil" Piper, Paul Sandars (cemetery fetishist and chair - not in shot), Rajbir Singh and Julie Webb.

(As an aside Cllr Costigan has missed all three planning committee meetings so far this year!)

After the meeting Piper took to social media to deride local people and jibe that the campaign had only led to 8 objections despite over 1,000 letters allegedly having been sent out (totally ignoring the petition). The official line from the Council appears to be that it doesn't matter if the fields are destroyed because the comrades have got grants to tart up West Smethwick Park! If it were true (!) that the land is of no value to local people then it could have been commercially marketed and sold but he and his chums want to wreck it instead and waste huge sums on this dump.

THIS MATTER IS NOW DUE TO GO BEFORE THE FULL COUNCIL ON TUESDAY 9TH APRIL AT 6PM. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT IN SANDWELL, POISONOUS AIR QUALITY AND THE EVER INCREASING DESTRUCTION OF REMAINING GREEN SPACES PLEASE TURN UP FROM 5PM ONWARDS AND MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN OUTSIDE THE OLDBURY COUNCIL HOUSE.

Just think - in a few years time your children and grandchildren may see pictures on the Fields and other green spaces in Sandwell and ask you what YOU did to try and save these precious places. Please don't let your answer be "Me? I did f*ck all"!



2 M'lud -  Wednesbury Sleeper Factory

Slightly different from the above but a similar disregard for local residents even though London-resident Tom Watson "MP" and Labour Cabinet members Cllrs Simon "The Sandwell Slasher" Hackett and Dave "Menage a Deux" Hosell are pretending to be opposing another rotten scheme. As ever, Watson is not to be trusted as another of his employees and puppet councillors Paul "The Cipher" Moore is pushing FOR the project.

In short, Network Rail and associates want to build a huge factory on the Bescot Rail sidings. This is right next to the motorway (opposite the Walsall ground) where air quality is terrible (although bent Sandwell Council have suggested - apparently without irony - that the prevailing winds mean that most of the sh*t is blown across into Walsall and f*ck them!)

The factory is intended to make huge quantities of concrete railway sleepers and Network Rail and Co keep claiming that much of the stuff will be transported by rail which does rather beg the question why they are talking about large numbers of, er, lorries visiting the site on a daily basis????

Recently members of the campaign group showed me around (follow them on Facebook at "People of Wednesbury Say No to Network Rail"). The original plan was to put in an access road to the south-east of the site across heavily polluted former industrial land. The bent Council gave a lease for this land under "delegated" authority (which according to the Council's constitution is for decisions up to £100,000). The corrupt paid service said the consideration for the lease is £1 therefore within the delegated authority BUT there is an option in the agreement for Network Rail etc to BUY the land for £125,000 ie seemingly outwith the delegated power. The campaigners have repeatedly asked Jan Britton (the head of the bent paid service) who gave this authority but he is refusing to say (I have also been refused a reply).

The new plan is to put the access road from the North-East. Quite how this is going to work with Tame Bridge Station in the way is a moot point. The traffic is also absolutely horrendous in this area and so the prospect of hundreds of lorries thundering around too is mind-boggling.

An interesting point made by the campaigners is that there are some of these factories in Germany BUT the Germans don't allow them anywhere near housing! Make sure you ask Watson, Hackett and Hosell about that!

The planning application is going in soon. The group are very sensibly arranging their own postal system in local shops so that folk can put in their own individual objections AND the group can deliver them so that a tally is kept and the corrupt Council cannot "lose" any of them. Before that, however, Network Rail are holding two days of consultation at Walsall Football Club. Please attend if humanly possible and let Network Rail know your robust views:

FRIDAY 29TH MARCH - 2PM TO 8PM

SATURDAY 30TH MARCH - 10AM TO 2PM.

And finally,

If you are wondering what Watson is doing about Brexit (answer - nothing) he made his views well known eg in this tweet from 2016 but although locals are pro-Brexit, and all his myriad faults, locals still re-elected him in 2017! In many way folks - you do bring all this sh*t down upon yourselves!




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Breaking News - Watson Tries To Save Squealer!

Yesterday the former "leader" of bent Labour Sandwell Council, Steve "Squealing" Eling was due to face the NEC of the Labour Party on his disciplinary charges.


I am indebted to The Huffington Post for this report on what happened when London-resident West Brom "MP", Tom Watson, attempted a filibuster to protect his pathetic puppet:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/tom-watson-sparks-row-as-he-condemns-derek-hattons-readmittance-to-labour-party_uk_5c917bfde4b0f7ed945d5916?fbclid=IwAR1GBZ9-_i7ir5yF8amRqTLTc92E7KP2ibaWgaG_jPWquYhVgctvGEt2_s0&guccounter=2&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9sLmZhY2Vib29rLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGBlHSiCciIO5IWNYRYwunA2zDRQ5abTZ-JhpINQMvSt5EAU9YW2smEfeO87tMy0QNCFmPVMgf52h55CWYiT5cp8zsTUdBicHC4T3yYdrH6mW3sDodTBu-2gUXXcFpZqHzxwNReJhLLGwr2z_YxTtfQvHx92G6viM83ZJ_PQr9vw

Watson was trying to stop a full hearing of Eling's alleged misdemeanours. The plan is to apply for a judicial review so that the Sp*nk Brother can stand again in Abbey Ward in the May elections. Had there been a finding against Eling yesterday it is highly unlikely that he could have mounted a legal challenge in time. Watson has tried to put a spanner in the works so that Eling can apply for a judicial review - which does not mean that there will be a full hearing on his alleged wicked behaviour but just a hearing on whether Labour have dealt with him "fairly".

Eling (who has a second home in Derbyshire - owned by his wife - and works in Rotherham) is about as pleasant as a bout of diarrhea but he's not gone yet!

You might think Watson would have better things to do with the current political crisis but, unlike the majority of his constituents, he is an arch-remainer. This from 2016:


Aren't you lucky to live in Sandwell!



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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Squealing Eling - FFS Go Man!

Some politicians leave office with dignity. But that was never going to happen, of course, with a snivelling greaser like Steve "Squealing" Eling and, in fact, such is his power over his pathetic comrades and new leader, Trow, that he retains his position - and money - sitting on two committees!

Needless to say the c*cksuckers in the mainstream media (MSM) have come out in force in support of this bullying, unpleasant, character. It's worth having a quick review of some of their output since The Squealer was suspended by the national Labour Party. Eling (aka "The Milkman") is well aware of why he has been suspended - as are local MP's Spellar and Watson - but he is claiming otherwise and, as we shall see below, not very convincingly!

The news broke on 23rd January, 2019 - no reasons were given for the suspension and The Squealer claimed he couldn't comment because of "Labour Party rules." But he tried to stick to his position as Leader like sh*t to a blanket. He was desperate to hang on to the Leadership and the money that comes with it. This braggart even tried to claim that he was "needed" due to the Council's budget being still under discussion! Oh superman.......

But the comrades do like their rules and steps were put in place for an election of the Labour Group. At this point Squealer called on board the latest Labour arse-licker in local journalism, George Makin, to do a story. Thus Labour George wrote on 6th February that Milko would not step down voluntarily. There was still no reason given by The Squealer for his suspension and he hinted that he would stay on as Leader of the Council even when a new Leader of the Labour Group was elected! This led local MP James Morris to quite properly call him a "squatter". But grovelling George quoted the desperate Eling as he tried to pass the buck to others:

"At the moment I can't say what will happen as I haven't been told what is supposed to happen next."

A couple of grovellers rallied round - Abbey Labour, "Inane Elaine" Costigan and even Squealer's disastrous appointment, fellow Sp*nk Brother, Richard Marshall, but the writing was on the wall. Meanwhile the cowardly Cabinet (sans Steve "Luvvie" Trow) sat through two meetings chaired by The Milkman because they were all too scared to depose the bad-tempered bully.

But on 11th February, 2019 "Luvvie" was elected as the new Leader of the Labour Group. The graceless sh*t Eling sobbed to George Makin (again) that he had been "knifed in the back" - an art form which he himself has perfected over many years. Then Eling came out with the monstrous porky he has been telling all along:

"He (Squealer) added that he had been given no information as to the nature and details of the complaint against him."


But now the story takes an extraordinary twist. Although this vile man was hanging on for grim death the comrades finally forced him out of his Cabinet position and the Leadership BUT kept him on the Emergency Committee and the Land and Asset Management Committee (the epicentre of much fraud and corruption for many years)! This does not seem to have been a mistake but comrades I have spoken to cannot - or will not - explain how this weird situation has arisen. The only one prepared to speak stated that many comrades were afraid of Chief Whip John "Jedward" Edwards. The "member" said no-one wanted to force Eling out of these positions for fear that the money-grubbing Jedward would take revenge on them and it was easier for Labour Councillors to hide and do nowt in the hope that Eling will not be able to stand in the May elections and f*ck off altogether. But see below where Jedward is alleged to be anti-Watson! Thus the taxpayer is still paying wealthy Milko extra dibs because of the sheer cowardice of Sadwell Labour councillors! (And see further below...)

If you will permit me to digress a moment - The Labour Party (or what is left of it as it fractures) is currently riddled with antisemitism. Jedward is one of those members who says he is not antisemitic but who has a deep hatred for, er, Israel. A selection of his aggressive rants against that country are set out below - underneath the subscription. There, that should make Jewish Labour members and potential voters feel better!

On Sunday, Eling was metaphorically masturbating on live BBC TV (unlike one of his former comrades who - to the knowledge of Saint Anne of Shackleton - filmed himself spanking the monkey with his taxpayer-funded phone). The aggressive fantasist actually thinks he was doing a good job and say his downfall was, wait for it, a case of "deliver the best, get sacked". Boom, boom!! Interestingly, he was quoted by the BBC's Rob Mayor on BBC Sunday Politics as saying "that [his suspension] relates to how those [?] standards investigations were handled." Unfortunately Mr Mayor does not seem to have questioned this extraordinary statement. We all know that The Squealer did involve himself in standards matters - including complaints against himself - when he had no legal right to do so whatsoever! If Rob Mayor's quote is correct why isn't the Council itself investigating Milko and what has any of this got to do with the Labour Party - unless they have evidence of his vicious attacks against other Councillors and employees (eg his driving out of Asst Chief Exec Melanie Dudley who is also a loyal Labour Party member).

Eling then changed tune in the BBC interview. We have seen how he and Marshall attacked women (eg Sp*nkgate, Melanie Dudley) and he is at it again - this time attacking Jennie Formby, the General Secretary of the Labour Party. As with many bullies he has attacked a woman who cannot defend herself at this point in time given the ongoing investigation. But tuck his comment away in your memories for future reference folks: "The General Secretary intervened in my case". Quite frankly, given what he has been doing since 2016 many would applaud her if she has!

He is really beginning to show his true and very nasty colours and he went on to say that his suspension and the deselection of four other Councillors is all connected with the dispute at the top of the Party between the Corbynistas and the thuggish Tom Watson. He has hitched his wagon to London-based Tommy in the hope the Deputy Leader will save him (see further below) but his comments are ludicrous. In due course it will be shown that his suspension is entirely down to his own appalling behaviour. It is typical of his pathetic flawed character that he should seek to blame others but Milko - take a look in a mirror -  you are not a victim but the guilty party!

His comments are bizarre in any event. One of those deselected in Cllr Olwen Jones - hardly a cheerleader for the formerly fat MP in London and so an unlikely target for the anti-Watson camp.

But some Councillors say that the hand of  Corbynista Jedward is in the deselections and there is some score-settling going on here. And Red Jed -  the "socialist" who will do almost anything for money - has been hurling plenty of abuse at Tom Watson via Twitter for some time now. What a mess comrades!

But hang on - what's this? After blaming a plot by Jennie Formby and the Corbynistas and some unspecified problems with "standards investigations" The Wolvo C*cksuckers, aka The Express and Star, he repeated his fantasist "conspiracy theory" - Infamy, Infamy, they've all got it in for me - but journo Richard Guttridge once again reported YESTERDAY, "Councillor Eling has insisted he has not been told why he was suspended"!!!!! There was no mention whatsoever of the problem being related to "standards investigations"!

So come on Squealer - at least get your story right if you intend to press on and make yourself even more disliked than you are now!

As above, Squealing is still on the Council's website as being on the "Emergency Committee" as a Labour Party person and as "Leader of the Council". What use this buffoon - hated by so many downtrodden staff who have spoken to The Skidder - would actually be able to do in an emergency is a moot point as his other workplace (and source of income) is a mere 93 miles from the Oldbury Kremlin in another Labour basket case council, Rotherham. And if he is keeping away from the scum in Smethwick at his second home (owned by his wife) in a pretty village near Belper, Derbyshire, he would still be 63 miles away!!!!

The new Leader, Steve "Luvvie" Trow is perceived by many locally as being as "weak as p*ss". There are some tentative signs of a move away from the stifling paranoia of The Milkman's regime eg the expensive barriers being removed from outside the Council House for the last Council meeting -but he has immediately failed to lance the poisonous Eling boil by letting him sit on the important Land and Asset Disposal Committee. Let's hope there are no more bent deals to push through before the election!!!!

On your behalf I attended that committee last Thursday (at least for 6 minutes after which it went into "secret session" and public and press were excluded from the meeting!) Here is a short video of Squealer - the talking pot plant - arriving. Please watch this since he had a lift from Cllr Paul "The Cipher" Moore who is seen leading the way into the building! Moore is, of course, an employee and puppet of, er, Watson. At the meeting there was Cllr Dhallu who appears to have lost the plot and the others - Moore, Eling and Liam Preece are all Watson puppets. Incredibly the committee chair is another Watson clone, Bill "Mr Pissy Pants"* Gavan.

I asked the ludicrous Gavan what party Eling was supposed to be representing or whether he was sitting on the Committee as an "independent"? But the cowardly chairman refused to respond! What a  joke start to the "Luvvie" Trow era.....


Incidentally, Eling is also still writing to Britton and Surjit Tour as if he is still Leader and he is trying to use external solicitors appointed by them as his own to save having to pay anything in a private legal matter. I have reported this to KPMG, the Council's auditors.

Another Sandwell Labour C*nt?:

It is good that there is some young blood like Cllr Wasim Ali coming onto the fossilised Council and we need desperately some fun and excitement which is hardly likely to be forthcoming from many of the current, thick as mince, incumbents. At least it looks like one of Labour's candidates in the May elections will spice things up judging by this Facebook entry of an evening at the "sinema" under the curious caption "Mafia Women":


Dave Hosell - if you want to borrow some of my blood pressure tablets let me know!!!!

Help Please:

1   What is the relationship, if any, between David Stevens and (a) Stuart Lackenby and (b) Geoff Walker?

2   Is the James Lackenby working for, er, Sandwell Council at Walker Grange, Tipton and the co-director of one of Stuart Lackenby's companies, his brother? I have written to him but he has declined to say.

3  I know that Sarah James was originally Timbrell but at one point she was also using the name "Nightingale" and I know she was associated with someone of that name - info please!

4  There is a story that Max Cookson is leaving SMBC. Bizarrely there is a weird rumour that Jan Britton wants to put the one and only Paul Reeves in the post! Anything on this anyone?

*Gavan claims to be a Glasgow "hard-man" but runs away when opposed - as happened at the Lion Farm public meeting!

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Talented Stuart Lackenby!

Bent Sandwell Council is an incestuous hole with many employees related to, or friends with, Labour Councillors, or related to each other. We have seen in the past that staff have been employed despite a pathetic reputation elsewhere - seemingly because they needed the job and status and were therefore seen by the likes of Cooper and Eling as pliant and unlikely to speak out if they spot the fraud, cronyism, incompetence and corruption that has bedevilled Jan Britton's bent paid service (of which Britton himself says, like Manuel in Fawlty Towers, "I know nothing!") One classic example was the employment of Solicitor Neeraj Sharma as Head of Legal despite her involvement in scandal at Walsall Council. Of course, she had to leave in disgrace - put with pay-off and gagging clause natch!

We also have returnees who must be aware of the desperate reputation of the corrupt Council. A top Director is now "Dr" Alison Knight who worked at Sadders previously but left after being one of those involved in a f*ck-up of epic proportions called "Click Sandwell". (It is said that she is a personal friend of Squealing Steve Eling's wife - and not many claim that - but no doubt got the job through her own talent and despite her previous disastrous SMBC record!)

Then of course there is the most dangerous man in Sandwell Council - Surjit Tour -the Head of Legal and the statutory Monitoring Officer. Another returnee from a stellar time at Wirral Council "lol"! In the infamous Eling/Marshall Whatsapp disclosures the pair said they wanted to employ "a bastard" in his position. Time will tell whether he lives up to that expectation but he is off to a flying start - most notably in the case of his secret briefing of the standards committee (including new leader Steve Trow) which led to the unlawful suspension of seven secretaries (and more on that coming soon in The Skidder!).

You wonder why the Council re-employs these people. It is like a dog returning to its own sick. And why - apart from the very high wages - do these people want to work for a bent authority and for a spanner like Jan Britton (picture courtesy of The Gooseman)?

"I know nothing!"

Funnily enough "Adult Social Care" has become the topic of the moment with a number of callers and writers to The Skidder (I am particularly interested in the allegation of a VERY senior employee taking a brown envelope for the award of an adult social care contract - more info welcome!) And Mr Stuart Lackenby's name keeps cropping up in respect of Jan Britton's specially-favoured employee, Liz O'Nions, and the debacle that ensued following her transfer to Waterfall Lane. Lackenby is another who left the corrupt Council but has now come back - but the twist in his story is that he "stayed in touch" for a number of years whilst working in high-powered positions at Dudley MBC.

Here is Lackenby's LinkedIn page:




He left Sadders in 2010 and went to Walsall but then started at Dudley Council in October, 2012 where he "worked" until June, 2016 before returning to the Heart of Darkness. But our Stuart has been a little coy about his work history since he has also been the director of three limited companies. The first two were LLP Resourcing  Limited and Lackenby Associates Limited. It is the third company that concerns us today - Star Support Limited (07728344).

Now senior Council employees are generally well paid and some sign contracts that they will give the whole of their non-leisure time to their employment. If they wish to take a second job or run a business (like Paul Reeves at Sandwell with his gardening business) you are usually expected to get permission. Clearly, despite his grandiose job titles, it appears that Lackenby's jobs were p*ss easy since he was also able to run his own company dealing with "social work activities" at the same time.

Lackenby set up Star Support on 3rd November, 2011 and ran it as the sole shareholder and director until 24th May, 2016. This was significant enterprise and Dudley must have been very satisfied that he was doing his day job so well he could run a sizeable business "on the side".

Because he is only obliged by law to file "small company accounts" it is difficult to even get a view on the size of his turnover. But dear readers, I will give you just one guess who gave him a lot of work! Yes folks, his old pals at Sandwell MBC!

Each Municipal year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Whilst the figures below no doubt include VAT this was still a considerable business to be running as well as senior managerial council jobs. These are the minimum amounts Sandwell paid him (any payments under £500 are excluded):

2012/13    £152,571.00
2013/14    £110,898.75
2014/15    £127,547.71
2015/16    £17,329.28

That is a minimum from Sandwell alone of  just over £383,000 on top of his publicly-funded salary and pension contributions from us taxpayers! As above, the abbreviated accounts at Companies House tell us very little save that at one point Lackenby had a cool ££73,089 sitting in the company bank account!

Well done Dudley and Sandwell for supporting such entrepreneurial flair!

I suppose the question is why Lackenby gave this all up to return to the sh*thole Sadders in 2016?Was it perhaps something to do with a new Chief Exec at Dudley in 2015? Surely there was no financial inducement that could have persuaded him to return noting the operation he had going at Dudley? No doubt Stuart will tell us all in the near future!

And I am sure the interview for his return must have been fun when the applicant was a significant supplier of services to the very department he was seeking to re-join. Funny old world ain't it?

HELP PLEASE

1. In response to my blog yesterday:

http://thesandwellskidder.blogspot.com/2019/03/urgent-who-is-thug.html

a number of you have contacted me all saying the same name for the thug who is still employed by the forgiving Council. It would be helpful if anyone has any concrete details eg the people on the disciplinary panels that "let him off".

2.  Someone called about those being made redundant in the "One Stop Shops" being encouraged by the GMB to sign gagging clauses. Any further info welcome plus generally on the GMB and gagging clauses for other leavers.

[Thank you so much anon for the generous cash donation today!]

AND FINALLY....

We know that a significant number of Labour Councillors at corrupt Sandwell are as thick as mince but it looks like another star is about to join their ranks. Because the moronic prats in Sandwell keep voting this lot in one prospective candidate in West Bromwich seems to have become confused and thinks she will definitely be a Labour Councillor come May by simple dint of being chosen as a candidate. It may be a formality Ms Stojek but first you have to "Beata" the opposition!



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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Urgent - Who Is The Thug?

In the bent world of Labour Sandwell Council Darren Cooper squared two disciplinary hearing against an employee. The late Smethwick Scumbag claimed to be personal friends with the employee concerned. I have copies of communications between them. The employee is still working for SMBC to this day.

The first incident involved the employee beating up a football fan at a railway station.

The second incident involved a dispute with a driver who was then beaten up in West Bromwich.

In respect of the first of the events I know that others were involved in the disciplinary hearing. Who were they?

Who was on the second disciplinary panel?

Info required urgently please!!!!

Cooper with another of his mates.

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