Thursday, 12 September 2019

Watson & Eling Rimmers Still Alive!

With Sandwell being such a ghastly sh*thole you might imagine that so-called "Labour" Councillors would be busting a gut to try and improve things after over 40 years of dismal failure. But no - the shrinking rump of Watson/Eling arse-lickers are busy making mischief again. Bizarrely this all relates to a big hulking guy, Cllr Luke Giles, who is a member of the Giles clan of Watson rimmers, and turns out to be a cringing cry-baby! Perhaps if they had faced the death threats, threats of arson, court nonsense and bullying meted out to me over the last 5 years they would have something to "go to the doctor" about......

Now must surely be the time to reduce this rotten Council by a third.



Warning - reading this may make your p*ss boil! And look at some of the thugs and bullies who have signed this pathetic letter!


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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Cllr Cooper - The Bully Part 2

We saw in Part 1 of this post that the moronic "leader" of Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper, together with Unite the Union, via their employee the local liar Brian Rickers, and a Sandwell Council employee, Paul Kerton (also the half-brother of Labour Councillor Steven Frear), together with a number of twitter trolls (most of whom Cooper and Rickers are actively engaging with) have been actively harassing two Birmingham arts charities for no better reason than the fact that my wife works for one of them (where I have also done voluntary work) and is a voluntary (ie unpaid) trustee of another.

We will call the employing charity EZ and the charity of which Linda is a trustee, FX.

Cooper likes to portray me as some sort of hidden "troll" which is ludicrous. My blog is now well established with over 168,000 views, I have been quoted in local papers, interviewed on local BBC radio and regularly visit Sandwell Council House for either research purposes or to sit in on meetings. Indeed it was on one such research trip that this photograph was taken and so I am hardly "undercover":

Two of these three cabinets members have now stood down.

But Cooper is trying to cover-up his vicious bullying by claiming that he is some sort of unspecified "victim" - which the mainstream local press were mostly happy to print without question. You will see below that this is what is popularly known as "bollocks". As we saw in Part 1 that Cooper had been unable to silence this blog - even with the help of Sandwell's Head of Legal, Neeraj Sharma, and so decided to "get at me" by attacking my wife and, more particularly, by trying to destroy her reputation with her present employers and with a charity of which she is a trustee. The initial tactic was to suggest that my blog was somehow "secret" and to keep threatening to disclose it to various persons. That didn't work and so why he should be returning to that particular, er, dog-turd is a mystery!

This blog is nothing to do with my wife and far from keeping it secret I am happy to promote it. I am personally very proud that The Skidder and its small but dedicated team have uncovered poor governance and wrong-doing by what claims to be a "Labour" Group in an area of great deprivation - particularly when such investigations were eschewed by most of the local mainstream media. And so Cooper's bullying threats were never likely to cut any ice with me - although undoubtedly unpleasant for Linda and the two charities Cooper and Rickers have made the decision to harass and intimidate.

It goes without saying that when, out of the blue, Unite the Union start attacking local arts charities they do tend to notice and ask questions!!!! Cooper and Rickers don't seem to have appreciated that!

We have seen that Unite's local officer, Rickers, harassed EZ with a string of lies (eg that he has a friend who works for them) and the imbecilic Cooper and "Paul Reeves" joined in. Then the massive troll attacks started. I am informed that EZ took appopriate action.

Rickers and Cooper could not even get the facts right when bullying EZ and started alleging that it is registered at our home address. Of course, Rickers was also harassing me about this and the dimwitted Cooper then sent a public twitter message TO ME:

"If your [sic] not going to reply to @brianrickers1 Could you explain why a great charity like EZ is registered at your home address".

Leaving aside why on earth I would want to communicate with Unite and a piece of shit like Rickers, this is factually wrong and EZ confirmed this to Britton and Sharma in writing on 4th December, 2014. Unfortunately, this very senior pair have no influence so far as the lunatic "leader" is concerned.

For the record EZ is a small performing arts charity but with a nationally and internationally-known reputation and currently enjoys Arts Council National Portfolio status. All its aims, programmes, activities and financial information are readily available for everyone to see via their own website and those of the Charity Commission and Companies House. It is a charitable company limited by guarantee and my wife is a Director - so that her address is clearly shown on all relevant sites. The Charity itself is registered in central Birmingham and not as stated by Cooper and Unite the Union.

Like all bullies Cooper does not only participate in this activity but likes to play psychological games which he thinks will distress his victims - in this particular case, us. But being incredibly stupid this is where he let the cat out of the bag! And so Cooper tried to intimidate us by threatening to write direct to EZ in the hope that this would harm our reputations - Linda's particularly.

We were quite surprised at this since, as before, Cooper always claims his twitter is purely personal and so why would HE write to the charity in a personal capacity? Was this just another one of his attempts at psychological bullying and, as I have given evidence to the Regional Fraud Team investigating Sandwell Council, witness intimidation? Surely not from a person who is, unbelievably, the Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel?!

But on 4th December, 2014 Cooper sent a public twitter message TO ME:

"Just preparing my letter to [EZ's Chair of Trustees] drawing his attention to your blog and twitter".

This is vitally important since you will clearly see Cooper's motivation - it is solely intending to be damaging to me and, unfortunately by association, to my wife. This came next:


Info coming in on jobs for the boys & girls at well know charity. Is this true Jules


Tell me when did your Wife start at the Charity? Can you tell me the date please.

(What on earth has this got to do with "private" or for that matter "public" individual Cooper? Besides you will see from Part 1 that he already knew this months before and threatened to confront Linda at her place of work. The only purpose of this is bullying and intimidation. He also knew from my blog that my only role with EZ had been a purely voluntary one).

But Cooper had to get the approval of Unite the Union for this action and so we have this:
01/01/15
Be formally writing to that charity this week. Questions need answering Brian.

(This retweeted by two of the trolls Cooper actively engaging with)

After a month of intimidatory threats the letter was finally sent to the Chair of the Trustees as set out below dated 8th January, 2015.

Just to give us what Cooper threatened us would be "sleepless nights" (?!) he made sure we knew the letter had been sent by publicly contacting Rickers again:

Did you get that letter I've sent to the charity?

Unite's Officer, who seemingly has very little work to do in the Union replied:


Here is the ludicrous letter (charity & trustee's name redacted) which I obtained pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and then I will comment on it:




(Signed by Cooper personally)

Councillor Darren Cooper
Leader of the Council


The first thing to note is that Cooper can no longer hide behind the farcical allegation that his twitter account is "personal". This is an official letter from SMBC and on their formal notepaper and you will see that he is complaining that he is only writing the letter because his allegedly personal twitter account was blocked by the charity (along with Rickers and numerous troll accounts the two of them were actively engaging with). Curiously the charity did not apparently like being harrassed!

Cooper is so dense that it is unlikely he would have been able to write this letter alone and so someone in Sandwell Council seems to have helped him. I will leave it to you decide whether this is an appropriate use of the Council's scarce resources by Labour. Clearly it is a sad indictment of the depths to which Jan Britton's regime has sunk.

You will see that in paragraphs 1 to 4 Cooper tries to use his tried and tested stunt of saying he is acting on behalf of constituents. This is a lie. As above, the financial and funding information is readily available for all to see online. I am also informed by EZ that not one single person from Sandwell (nor indeed anywhere else) has contacted them raising the issues mentioned by Cooper!

I have also contacted most of the main arts organisations in Birmingham and none of them have received a similar letter from Sandwell Council eg about activities in Sandwell. But then they don't employ someone Cooper wants to do serious harm to do they?

Incidentally, Cooper has destroyed the arts provision in Sandwell to keep pumping money into sports, rich Premier Football Club The Baggies and what is supposed to be "its" charity, leisure centres etc and so it is hardly surprising that the Borough now has virtually no arts offering!

Cooper got round to asking questions about the two of us but did not mention my blog or twitter. So why the interest in Linda?

It should be noted that Brian Rickers lives at the bottom of D***** Road, Dudley DY2 and so most definitely does NOT qualify as a constituent of Sandwell Council. It is clearly a bizarre situation when the leader [sic] of a Labour Council has to take advice from a Union official who has been openly harassing an innocent charity (and me) and then clear the content of official Council correspondence with him when trying to bully and intimidate it, its trustees and its staff and its volunteers himself.

You will note he made insidious suggestion that the charity in some way does not operate within the law by employing me as a volunteer which was the defamatory allegation made by the trolls Cooper and Rickers were (and in a number of cases still are) directly engaging with. That is most definitely not the case and I am told the charity has responded appropriately.



Cooper is also trying to send out a wider message - speak out against him and you know what you will get. His treatment of the likes of Bob Woods speaks to that. No wonder so many poor SMBC employees are frightened of him!

And finally, it seems even Sandwell Council are embarrassed by this pathetic stunt by Cooper. Below you will see the actual Freedom of Information Act request I put in about this and Sharma's aggressive reply:

"Dear Sirs,

On 8th January, 2015 Councillor Cooper used SMBC to write to a Birmingham
Arts Charity, xxxxxxxxxx. Please disclose a copy of his letter.

Please confirm that the letter was the same as that referred to in the
following tweets of Darren Cooper to Mr Brian Rickers who is a resident of
Dudley and not Sandwell.

05/01/14 "Be formally writing to that charity this week. Questions need
answering Brian".

11/01/14 "Did you get that letter I've sent to the charity".

If the answer is yes, please confirm whether it is normal for the Leader of
the Council to forward correspondence to a member of the public in a
different Borough and the purpose of him doing so on this occasion?"

Sharma replied initially (the letter being disclosed at a later date) with great rudeness bearing in mind that I am SPECIFICALLY named in an official letter of the Council:

"The tweets you refer to were made by Councillor Cooper in his personal capacity.

Councillor Cooper can of course communicate with whomever he chooses in his private or official capacity, whether they are in the borough or outside, and all of this is of course no concern of yours."

But here's the rub. This was an official FoI Request under number 1:696996336 but you won't find it published on the Council's website (which is why certain members of the press couldn't find it either):


Recently-promoted Ms Sharma appears to have accidentally "overlooked" publication of this. Clearly she obviously wouldn't want to hide Cooper's bullying from public view.....would she?

(Confidential phone no for Police Regional Fraud Team  investigating SMBC - DS Wayne Haynes & Team - 0121 251 2175 who are also dealing with the Twitter harassment and witness intimidation issues)

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Open Message to MSM Rimmers!

URGENT NOTICE - this Tribunal hearing and another in respect of Lion Farm have been postponed by Judge R. Good until November/December. Sandwell Council have been specifically ordered to be "clear and transparent" in both of these matters where new documentation has come to light following the defenestration of Jan Britton. Not only must disclose the new documentation but must explain (a) where the information was during Britton's tenure and (b) why it was not identified during the course of this whole affair. Should be interesting!

The sentiments expressed in the original email below remain valid and please not my requests for help below:

Dear Local News Editors,

Many of your so-called "news organisations" were quick to report the resolution of a standards investigation into Sandwell's "Councillor X". The most craven arse-lickers amongst you were aware of the "problems" with the case but decided to publish regardless. Other click-bait "journalists" unthinkingly parroted the story as "news".

This blog has fought for THREE YEARS to expose the truth in this matter. Whilst there is the possibility of an adjournment this sordid affair will be heard at an Information Rights Tribunal at 10.30 am TOMORROW - Tuesday.

Councillor X has been invited to attend and give live evidence but I understand that he has declined. Sandwell Council are seeking an adjournment and yet further delay.

The hearing will be at the Birmingham Employment Tribunals, 13th Floor, City Centre Tower, 5-7 Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4UU at 10.00am.

I appreciate that many of you only pay lip-service to journalistic standards and have no conscience but I invite you to sent representatives to the hearing and fully report it with the same gusto with which you spread the fake news some years ago.

Given Sandwell Council's application to adjourn you are advised to liaise with the Tribunal that the matter is proceeding. You are also able to check with me until 9.30am  tomorrow on 07470 624207 though please note that by law I cannot name the Councillor nor discuss the case.

Please also follow @SandwellSkidder on Twitter.

Please note that this open message will be distributed via social media. The tagging of your organisation is because you are local MSM and should not be taken as an imputation that you/your organisation is necessarily one of the pathetic grovellers in the original part of this shameful affair!

Best wishes,

Jules

HELP PLEASE (1)

A number of you have made allegations that an employee of Sandwell Council was involved in serious football-related violence. I require as much detail on this as possible please. I am also aware that he was let off with the proverbial "slap on the wrist". Melanie Dudley may have been involved in the disciplinary process. Do you know anyone else involved please?

Two further allegations are that the same person also faces disciplinary action - seemingly without any real sanction again - relating to a road rage/parking dispute. The name "Cathi Dodd" crops up in respect of the disciplinary process. More information urgently required please!

HELP PLEASE (2)

I am hearing there may have been a secret meeting recently in Bearwood of the remnants of the Elingites possibly organised by David Hallam. It is suggested the "Friends of The Squealer" met in the structure pictured although Lightwoods has also been mentioned. There is even a rumour Tricky Dicky was there!!!! Details of the guest list would be appreciated!


AND FINALLY....

There has been increased activity by trolls all of a sudden. The latest troll is being followed by the ludicrous John "Jedward" Edwards and Cllr M Y Hussain! Unlikely bedfellows!

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

#Tractorgate 2

If my #tractorgate blog about Sandwell's missing tractor earlier today wasn't incredible enough more information has been coming in today of this bizarre affair involving Jan Britton and, seemingly, half of Sandwell Council!

In my earlier post today I explained how Messrs Pitt, Weaver and Cookson had turned up on Employee X's day off to watch him mowing grass with a stolen tractor but failed to inform the police - seemingly on the instructions of the hapless Britton himself.

Remember that this was in January, 2019 with the tractor having been reported as stolen in April, 2018. But soft, what is this? Mr Cookson provided a statement in January, 2019 that the tractor had gone missing - wait for it - two or three YEARS before that! The thing had been missing, according to Mr Cookson, from some date between mid-January 2016 and mid-January, 2017 but not reported to the police until April, 2018. Talk about a cold case!


And it wasn't just three employees who turned up at York Road Social Club. They watched Employee X mowing the grass and saw him drive off. The mower was left at York Road. But then two MORE employees turned up, Peter Tromans and Craig Foster. When you hear that Sandwell Council claim to be short-staffed there were no fewer than 5 standing about in York Rd waiting for instructions from the B** F** Parkie!

Then Neil Cox became involved after the Amazing Mr Lackenby said it "looked bad for Employee X". Cox demanded access to the York Road lock-up and then numerous employees visited TWICE - at least once in the company of Employee X.

I have also disclosed this week that Sandwell have grossly breached my human rights in respect of unlawful investigations contrary to their RIPA powers and it seems they may have strayed into that territory again as the Employee was on his day off but was kept under surveillance and covertly photographed.

And we must assume that the "stolen" vehicle was NOT the one at York Road since SMBC are still looking for it!

WTF is going on here? There are allegations that persons at the very top of the bent paid service wanted this guy out. Surely they didn't try and fit him up with an alleged theft of a vehicle that had already been missing for two to three YEARS?!? At the most charitable this whole affair smacks of the breathtaking incompetence we came to expect from the Jan Britton regime and incredible wastage of taxpayers' money both in respect of the original loss of this item but the huge resources deployed to "investigate" the alleged sighting of it long afterwards.

It takes a lot to shock me in matters Sandwell but this whole thing is absurd and very worrying. That the very top management then tried to pay the guy off - allegedly after getting a union on side - is extraordinary! Poor Yvonne Davies has been left a toxic cesspit here but what are Sandwell going to do about it?

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#Tractorgate!

Bouquets before brickbats. I have personal knowledge of efforts being made by Yvonne Davies's team and Acting Chief Executive, David Stevens, to drain the swamp since fishing the "turd" out of it. I can tell you that there are major investigations ongoing and that the Council is making some efforts to make disclosure of wrongdoing (not perfect yet but on the right tracks.)

Thus it is worrying that in the last couple of days there have been signs of slippage. Firstly, Leader Yvonne has lambasted me on social media for "targetting" £100k+ a year (?) Director, "Dr" Alison Knight, by describing in yesterday's blog how Knight produced a pathetic and grossly misleading report to Cabinet on the basis of which they decided to press ahead with the bent deal to destroy Lion Farm Fields. This is EXACTLY the behaviour of Cooper and Squealing Eling where any disclosure of wrongdoing by staff is rapidly covered-up and the messenger shot rather than the transgressor.

I am assuming from the attacks on me that Knight has not been suspended......

And then we come to the infamous missing "tractor" - actually a £10,000 blue Iseki TXG 237 ride-on lawnmower-type vehicle which was stolen from SMBC:


Today, community-activist Darryl Magher, has sent me the response to his Freedom of Information request on this subject - answered by David Stevens himself.

SMBC say there was no system for signing the tractor in and out so that there was no record of who had the equipment at any time! New systems are being put in place to rectify this.

There was a tracker on the vehicle. I understand there were "problems" relating to this and I think it is fair that Mr Stevens declines to comment further on this as the investigation into the disappearance on the vehicle is - belatedly - ongoing.

The theft was reported to the police as long ago as 16th April, 2018!!!! There is a £500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the machine and if you wish to contact the bent blues the Sandwell Police crime reference number is 20SW/84029L/18.

It will one day become public knowledge that the former boss of Sandwell Police, Ch Supt Rich Baker, held information about one of the persons believed to be involved in this matter already in respect of a different allegation of criminal activity but for reasons best known to corrupt WMP it seems that no investigation was ever commenced. Who knows - they might have killed two birds with one stone but "Rich" knew the person concerned had friends in high places......

[Bizarrely at this precise point of typing I received a call from a member of the Muslim community concerning police corruption relating to the Council. I have recently also had two other bits of criminal intelligence and am mulling over what to do with the information. I am minded that rather than go to the police and be p*ssed on yet again I may pass the info direct to the alleged criminals and "cut out the middle-man" but we shall see....]

Back to the tractor! Mr Stevens has confirmed that on 4th January, 2019 there was a "suspected sighting" of the machine but he says "we were unable to gain access to the vehicle to determine if this was the stolen lawnmower. Therefore 'we' took the decision not to involve the Police...." He bizarrely claims that to divulge further information "would constitute a data protection breach" [which is a gambit frequently used by SMBC which is wrong in most cases and, further, names can usually just be redacted] and "may compromise our ongoing investigation."

I am sorry Mr Stevens but this is taking us back to the Squealing Eling days! How can a sighting 8 months ago prejudice an ongoing investigation?

And so here are the facts as far as I can tell you readers! It should be noted that there is an allegation that someone within SMBC was trying to "fit-up" a particular employee. In particular he had enemies at the highest level of SMBC for various reasons not the least being that he upset the former regime by refusing to give the police a statement against me relating to the "C*cksucker" incident on what you may think was the very reasonable ground that he wasn't actually there!

We start with our old friend "the anonymous tip-off" - a procedure beloved of the Cooper and Squealing Eling regimes. On 4th January, 2019 an "anonymous tip-off" was received that a Sandwell Council employee was using the tractor on his day off at York Road Social Club.

Two points here. (1) this was a Friday and (2) whenever I tell SMBC of information received from my many anonymous informants I am branded a liar and fantasist whereas "self-generated" tip-offs are given credence and immediately acted upon.

Thus after a flurry of phone-calls three SMBC employees were dispatched to York Road - Tim Pitt, Jane Weaver and Max Cookson. They all say that they observed Mr X riding up and down on a blue tractor they believed to be the stolen one cutting the grass. (How they claim to be able to identify the machine is not known.) They saw Mr X get in his car and leave. It is not known whether he took the tractor with him or left it on site.

At no stage did this trio phone the police even though the theft had been reported over 8 months previously and even though their "intelligence" was that this was the stolen item. They did say, however, that they DID phone Jan Britton who told them NOT to phone the police!!!

I do not go in for conspiracy theories but this sounds very odd. Why did staff feel the need to speak direct to Britton instead of phoning the police? If the tractor was left at the Social Club why were the police not informed to gain entry and check it out as the missing model? Why was the information not passed to the police in any event for them to investigate?

In fact nothing was done at all until the following Monday. There is then a written record then of Stuart Lackenby saying "this looks bad for Mr X"! I don't now about you readers but this sounds like Jan Britton and Co playing the man and not the ball?

Later a union rep put pressure on Mr X to leave with a management offer of a £10k pay-off (the value of the tractor lol) and a good reference.

There are the facts then folks - make of them what you will! And maybe the bent cops should start looking at what has been going on inside Oldbury Council House rather than outside it!

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Friday, 6 September 2019

"Dr" Knight's Massive Lion Farm Whopper!

There is a Tribunal hearing next Tuesday in respect of failures of Jan Britton's bent paid service to answer Freedom of Information questions about the bent Lion Farm deal. I am pleased to say that the new Acting Chief Executive, David Stevens, and political Leader, Yvonne Davies, have taken this matter very seriously and some new information has been forthcoming - although it raises more questions than answers!

For those unfamiliar with the bent Lion Farm deal, Cllr Hussain introduced a developer, Jeremy Knight-Adams (JKA), to SMBC with a view to him buying Lion Farm Fields for a shopping centre. In official documents Jan Britton's bent paid service lied by saying JKA had approached them (a trick they used in other cases like the corrupt ice rink plan.)

Under Jan Britton, SMBC flatly refused to say who attended a secret un-minuted meeting with JKA. I can now tell the invite was for Darren Cooper, Mahboob Hussain, Nick Bubalo AND Jan Britton himself! (Bubalo was the former head of regeneration who is a player in almost every bent land deal mentioned in this blog but who has never been interviewed under caution by corrupt West Midlands Police.)

The secret meeting was held on 14th November, 2012 and the bent Labour Council moved quickly. They decided for reasons unknown not to market the property but to do a private deal with JKA alone. In little more than a month the multi-million pound deal was brought before the Land Disposal Committee on 19th December, 2012. The matter was hidden under the grossly misleading name "Junction 2 development" and the details redacted from public view. Only two councillors were present - Cllr Hussain and Cllr Hackett. Cllr Hussain did NOT declare his previous interest with JKA and should not have voted on this. It is not known (yet) how much Hackett knew about the scheme but they both agreed it. I say this was illegal. But very soon afterwards the Cabinet - including Squealing Eling and Cllr Moore - approved it and JKA was given a legal option to buy the land subject to conditions.

Nothing happened until 2017 when Cradley Speedway attempted to have the Fields declared an Asset of Community Value. It seems JKA was tipped off by SMBC staff since he he immediately registered legal restrictions on the four legal titles at HM Land Registry which cover the Fields.

In September, 2017 "Dr" Alison Knight (posts passim) rejoined the Council. She had worked there before and been a key player in the total f*ck-up that was "Click Sandwell". Notwithstanding this massive blot on her record she was re-employed (possibly because she is said to be a friend of Mr and Mrs Squealer which she hay not denied.) When I pointed this out in a blog she reported me to West Midlands Police  for criminal conduct (presumably at the insistence of the pathetic Eling!)

Eling and Co knew there were legal problems with the 2012 deal but decided,for whatever reason, that they wanted to force it through (an SMBC source says Eling thought the Council would get a capital sum plus £18m a year in business rates.) Thus he tried to polish this turd by bringing it back before Cabinet in November, 2017. Having been back at the Council for only two months "Dr" Knight produced a highly-favourable report saying how brilliant the scheme was. But where did this highly-paid "professional" acquire her skills as a retail guru and where did she get her information from? A cursory glance at the report raised the suspicion that the "facts" came from the developer himself.

Some Labour Councillors have told me informally that Eling and Co were worried that if they stopped the bent deal JKA might sue the Council for unspecified losses. Given the terms of the option - which JKA does not appear to have complied with - it is difficult to know on what basis this could have happened. Perhaps JKA made an empty threat which the thicko comrades fell for or perhaps they made this up to try and force the bent deal through?

But there was a very serious statement made by "Dr" Knight in the Cabinet Report:

"Significant progress has been made and JKA incurred significant expenditure in securing adjoining land to develop the scheme based on the existing agreement...."

This was a major allegation to make in the absence of evidence of "significant progress" since 2013 but if it was true that JKA had bought land at his own risk then there might be at least a small argument that he acted to his detriment.

In my original Freedom of Information request I asked that "Dr" Knight produce her sources for her glowing report. Jan Britton's bent paid service refused and, as far as the land was concerned, said I could search HM Land Registry (exactly the same trick his staff - including Willetts - used to try and hide the details of the sale of the building plot in Florence Road, Smethwick to Cllr Rouf's son!) No locals were aware of relevant sales and given the size of the site it would cost thousands of pounds to try and search all adjoining land. I was immediately suspicious that there was something very wrong her which the ultimately responsible Britton was attempting to conceal.

The new regime have now disclosed this morning that this  statement was apparently untrue and there is nothing in the Council's papers about any land sales. So why did "Dr" Knight lie about this? Did she know that people like Melanie Dudley had been booted out for failing to prepare reports favourable to the Squealer's requirements and so went "over the top" to rim the crazed tyrant?

I have no intention of libelling JKA or anyone else but it is SMBC who have now stated specifically:

"Officers took JKA (and his agent xxxxxx xxxx's) assurance that he had bought land around the Lion Farm."

I am sure JKA will hasten to clarify whether he had bought adjacent land, as at November, 2017, and which land that was. IF he had not AND SMBC ARE STILL NOT LYING then that would be a very serious matter indeed indicative of providing the Council with false information in an effort to gain financial advantage. I will be very happy to print JKA's response in this blog.

The fact is that "Dr" Knight has seemingly made no effort to verify the facts and has mislead the Cabinet (and subsequently the full Council) either through a desire to assist the developer (and Eling?) or gross incompetence. Don't forget she also spouted other nonsense supporting the development eg that 2,000 jobs will be created etc with no empirical evidence to support this. I have today written to David Stevens requesting that Knight be immediately suspended for misleading the Council pending a full investigation.

IF the allegation of land purchases and other matters in the Cabinet report are indeed false then there must be grounds for a judicial review of the Council's decision to press ahead. This could get very messy for them. IF (and I repeat IF) JKA/his agent have mislead SMBC then there is also the question of whether he is in breach of the original option. Again I am sure JKA will write to immediately clarify the position. Watch this space folks!


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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

"Top Secret" Sandwell Mobile Phone Mystery!

Now here's a thing! Sandwell Council use a grading system for secrecy purposes with "IL3 - Restricted" being the "top secret" category (apart presumably from the concealed methods of communication eg Jan Britton's encrypted messages on his Blackberry, the Cabinet "WhatsApp" group and private email accounts.)



For all the years I have been writing this blog I have never seen anything above IL2 and so it is gratifying to finally hit the big time with IL3 correspondence. My initial though was that this was about "The Wanker" ie the Councillor (now former Councillor ) who filmed himself masturbating via his taxpayer-funded phone. But no - the following documents specifically refer to "a Cabinet member" which The Wanker was not. You will note that Mr Mark Satchwell, an employee from the famous family of employees, was very anxious to keep this hushed up. Whatever the damning information was, it seems that the phone was actually handed back to the Councillor so that he or she could remove the content FFS!

(I appreciate that West Midlands Police are bent and in cahoots with SMBC but I hope they will take note that this sort of thing has been going on under Jan Britton.)

Yvonne Davies and David Stevens have promised a new era of transparency but this looks very dodgy indeed!



And who is the person who let the Cabinet Member have the phone back to remove the content? I think we should be told don't you readers?

Covert Surveillance

Readers will know that I have intimated a legal claim in respect of unlawful covert surveillance of myself by junior SMBC staff believed to be connected with the GMB Union.

Thank you for the calls and messages on this and keep them coming please since there is evidence of all this being on an industrial scale during the Eling/Britton era. I am NOT going to let this rest. SMBC must take appropriate action on this NOW.

This is one message I received yesterday from a current employee:

"If you need to see more information on when you were in OCH [Oldbury Council House] ask to see the emails between Lee Howen, Paul Reeves, Steve Bradshaw, Stuart Clarke, Michael Harper, Neil Cox and Stuart Lackenby. There is loads from when you were in OCH to when you were in Wetherspoons across the road."

Clearly this suggests I was also under surveillance off-site. This is a major breach of my Human Rights and illegal under RIPA provisions.

I am sending a copy of this to David Stevens for all this to be made available to me.

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