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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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Councillor X Case Adjourned + More.....

After the summer hols it is all hotting up again in the Socialist Paradise of Sadders!

Councillor X

The Tribunal case involving Councillor X next Tuesday is being adjourned*. I am not allowed to go into details at this stage but Melanie Dudley, the former Assistant Chief Executive, was also acting as Monitoring Officer and investigated sundry complaints against Councillor X. She found the Councillor to be in breach of standards in respect of one matter but then Squealing Eling demanded she alter the report. She very properly refused to do this (and also refused to amend another report when told forcibly to do so by "The Milkman".) She was then forced out of her job and a new report prepared exonerating Councillor X!

A trail through Jan Britton's emails has cast serious doubt on the Council's handling of this matter. Mysteriously Syeda Khatun is said to feature in all this and this may partly explain her departure as Deputy Leader - SMBC are staying mum at the moment.

I am told by Sandwell Council that a new investigation is under way in respect of various aspects of this whole affair. I have agreed to an adjournment in good faith based on assurances given to me but if the truth does not finally come out legal staff will be held to account at a further hearing where they are on notice that I shall seek to press perjury charges against them if they maintain their initial false evidence. Watch this space!

*STOP PRESS - the Tribunal has refused to adjourn! We proceed on Tuesday unless a settlement can be reached. I have suggested to SMBC that if s/he won't play ball they should be told to attend the Tribunal to give live evidence and face the prospect of a perjury charge!!!!

Unlawful Covert Surveillance

Thanks for info coming in - more please! This now seems to have been on an industrial scale. I now know who "Lee" is (but is him GMB?)

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Bescot Sleeper Factory 

As many of you will know from the excellent work of the campaign group Network Rail slipped in their planning application consisting to huge volumes of data during the holiday period. I have shown this "artist's impression" before where these cynical bastards have, er, helpfully removed the houses where real people live right next to the proposed site!



In another deceitful twist they have put a sponsored advert on Facebook with the old ruse from developers that they are "creating jobs" and apprenticeships for kids:



But if you clicked through there was no information about jobs but just an invitation to support Network Rail's planning application. If you don't want sh*ts like this as your neighbours (with the lorries piling into the site and the giant crane rattling along) make sure you contact the campaign group urgently and get your objections in.

Remember that the aggregate is NOT being delivered by rail but by road. Lorries will be thundering up past West Brom and through Stone Cross so that if you live in along the route you should also get your objections in. The Yew Tree will also be affected. There is more information here:



Network Rail are claiming that the site will provide 104 jobs and yet other comparable sites seem to get by with 50. It is interesting that the plans only allow for, er, 35 parking spaces for the workforce!

And when I met with Network Rail's propaganda team at the do at Bescot Stadium they went to great lengths to tell me that the proposed system was highly automated and so I am not sure quite what "apprentices" are going to be doing apart from making tea and sweeping up the filth!

Last Saturday the protesters had an excellent presentation at Friar Park and a number of Councillors appeared. Cllrs Hackett and Costigan "lol" assured me to my face that Cllr Paul Moore had NOT been involved in trying to push this scheme through despite the persistent rumours to the contrary. Any info welcome on who initially gave Nick Bubalo and then Network Rail "the nod" on this project. SMBC sources say Stefan Hemming said it was Steve "Squealing" Eling, Paul Moore and Simon Hackett but that obviously can't be true as Hackett has been one of the "ultras" opposing the project. All a mystery isn't it?

Incidentally, Andy Street has not answered questions I put to him about his apparent support for this scheme. The Mayor of West Midlands has three and a half delightful properties and doesn't have to live next to this sort of crap. No doubt he will tell us his position on this in due course.

I received a phone call on Saturday afternoon that the Lion Farm Liar Cllr Bill "Yellow" Gavan had mysteriously appeared at the Centre although he is a Councillor [sic] for Langley ward. I opined to the caller that this was the canary (yellow) in the mine as Gavan is Watson's grovelling bagman and driver and the pathetic greaser had probably been sent in to make sure there was no-one present who would give the London-based Nonce-Finder General a hard time. And a little later the Remoaner-in-Chief arrived with a local photographer being handily present to catch the moment.

We know that Watson has form for riding a few bikes but he apparently cycled to the event. Apparently there were hilarious scenes when he left as he rode off with his lapdog Hackett dutifully trotting alongside! Alas no photo is available of this telling scene!

Old old friend Maynard did take some snaps of the former Ten Bellies and put them on his Facebook page. Such is the popularity of the vicious bully that Maynard was inundated with abusive messages "lol":

Squealing Eling

Milko is still hanging around Sadders like a bad smell and trying to engineer his comeback. The diminishing band of Elingites are still trying to make trouble for the new Leader even though he was caught trying to influence the ill-fated United Sandwell "Party" [sic]. Here is is enjoying a day at the SVR. The comment reminded me of some of the management of Sandwell Council who also enjoy a line a couple of times a day......


George Galloway

Watson simply has to go and he faces a fight at the next election from George. You can meet this candidate (and friends) soon:



Just remember Watson's pathetic record for West Brom if you are considering voting for him again. And remember that this was the credulous moron who gave voice to paedos and weirdos in an attempt to further his own career. He hounded Leon Brittan for one with false allegations of the vilest kind even when the chap was dying with cancer. When this innocent man died Watson said that he was "as close to evil as any human being could get". No Watson - look in the mirror if you want to find such a person!

Stop press - a credible source says Labour's private polling showing George 5 points ahead of Watson who is sh*tting himself!

Lion Farm

As with the Councillor X saga above this matter was also due before the Information Rights Tribunal next week but, lo and behold, this too has been adjourned* as David Stevens (SMBC Acting Chief Exec) and Yvonne Davies (Leader) have established that there are a large number of documents which Jan Britton's bent paid service were "unable to locate". The hearing is due in November now but it is to be hoped that SMBC will expedite the disclosure of all the, er, missing paperwork!

*Stop Press 2 - no, this is back on for next Tuesday too as the Tribunal thinks SMBC have had more than enough time to cough-up the paperwork (and it is now becoming aware of what Jan Britton's bent staff were up to!) I have also been reminded today that since at least 2017 Freedom of Information replies have been "signed-off" at Director level ie the top management [sic] of the Council - the £100k plus a year boys'n'girls - and this now raises serious questions given what Yvonne Davies is finding. Where, as in some of the matters now going before the Tribunal, the FOI's are blatant lies we need to start asking - and I am - which Director agreed this illegality in each and every case!

There is a batch of documents going on the Lion Farm database site starting with the Coal Authority survey which is alarming to say the least!

https://savelionfarm.blogspot.com/2019/09/lion-farm-timeline-2019.html


Jan Britton - the scum begins to rise...

Anyone could have read the truth about this plank on this blog for many years but he enjoyed protection from Cooper and Eling and also some bent cops. Now the sordid truth is beginning to emerge about this disgraceful creep.

Regulars will know I have recently received the second part of my Subject Access Request - heavily redacted. This is itself is a story since the legal [sic] department - presumably acting on the instructions of the most dangerous man in Oldbury Council House, Surjit Tour - sent four files of papers to a very expensive firm of London solicitors who then presented to them to my solicitors as full disclosure under the SAR. But now, Yvonne and David Stevens have managed to find over 700 (yes, seven hundred) further documents which Surjit Tour somehow failed to locate! Sooner or later there has to be third party interventions here because parts of this Authority are rotten to the core.

Back in the day a small number of us held a demo about the appalling level of child abuse in Sandwell. I have been surprised to read this email (which the Council has redacted) from someone called a "Business Manager Community Partnerships". Here is the highly defamatory message:





Have these clowns nothing better to do than make this crap up? And the author has copied in SEVEN other people! When have I upset the "Muslim Community" Jan Britton? Are you suggesting the good Muslim folk would come along and demonstrate FOR child abuse?

Not for the first time Khatun is talking through her rear as many Muslims have been avid readers of this blog and the younger members of the community (generally) have been some of my finest informants - shocked at what has gone on in their Borough.

Last, but far from least on this matter, Britton was the shmuck who appointed a self-confessed Zionist to prepare a report on a Muslim councillor. Without putting the contract out to tender he agreed a £100,000 fee to Mark Greenburgh, then of his mates Wragge and Co. He then agreed a further £85,000 on top. Greenburgh made racist comments about a member of the Councillor's family being disabled because of inbreeding. Britton decided this was a "joke" but then paid a colossal sum of your money to a QC to make sure he hadn't f*cked up yet again.

This blog has consistently exposed this outrage and just a few months ago The Skidder did a one-man demo outside Wragges's office in Birmingham handing out a leaflet about the racist incident and demanding they repay their huge fees either to SMBC or to a Muslim charity. Britton  your days of bullying me are over matey and I am not going to accept this sort of nonsense from a **** like you!

(And the report was rubbish anyway!)

These sh*ts do have some brass neck though. Greenburgh "left" Wragges and set up on his own. Despite his vile racist outburst he was recently boasting of being at the AGM of the, er, "Diversity Trust". You couldn't make it up....


And Finally,

Not only have I been subject to bullying and harassment by Britton and his bent staff but now Sandwell's "retail guru" "Dr" Alison Knight and Peter Yeomans want to use my lavatory!


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Monday, 2 September 2019

Technical Blog - Unlawful Covert Surveillance

Information has come to hand that junior employees of SMBC ordered direct covert surveillance of me. I have sent a legal letter to SMBC which is set out below with a couple of redactions.


"THIS IS NOT A PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION

2nd September, 2019

PLEASE NOTE - this correspondence is being sent to my solicitor but should be taken as a protocol letter in contemplation of the commencement of civil litigation. Please provide a protocol response within 14 days.

Factual Matrix

At 12.54 in 26th September, 2018 : one or more low-level employees, believed to be xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, ordered direct covert surveillance of myself

“Would you be able to let me know directly via email if Julian Saunders appears at reception at any point in the future please?”

I shall refer to this as the “initiating request”.

As a lawful visitor to Oldbury Council House from time to time this is in direct contravention of Article 8 of the European Contravention on Human Rights ie it is an interference with the right to respect for private life. Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 provides that it is unlawful for the Council to interfere with those rights save in accordance with the law.

One or more employees complies with the initiating request. One is believed to be someone called Barbara Everson, believed to be xxxxxxxxxxxx. An employee called “Lee” may have also been involved. This is a non-exclusive list:

26th September, 2018 the initiating request was acknowledged “Will do [redacted name] I’ll let the team know as well and get them to email you directly. He was in yesterday 15.00 hours after elections.” (Please identify which “team” this relates to.)

14th November, 2018  “Skidder in OCH reception”;

4th January, 2019 “Julian Saunders - he is in the building”.

There is also reference on correspondence which includes Maria Price that recorded telephone conversations were being made without notice to myself.

RIPA

The covert surveillance was not in respect of a specific investigation as required by law.

The RIPA definition of surveillance is wide and includes any activity involving observing persons, their movements or other activities or communications. The covert surveillance was monitored as shown by the emails above.

The surveillance was covert as I was unaware that it was taking place,

The surveillance was taken in such a manner that it was likely to result in the obtaining of private information about me.

Authorisation

I believe those behind the unlawful initiating request are low-graded employees and clearly not authorising officers within the meaning of the Act.

The unlawful surveillance was otherwise than by way of an immediate response to events or circumstances where it was not reasonably practicable to obtain prior authorisation. Further there was no activity on my part in lawfully using a public building that would warrant RIPA authorisation.

The very detailed  RIPA authorisation process was not followed by SMBC at all.

Remedies

I expect the immediate suspension of staff who participated in this unlawful activity pending disciplinary investigation;

A public apology;

Damages.

Julian Saunders"

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Friday, 30 August 2019

Sandwell Council Servers Used By Union Rep to Solicit Funds!

A redacted but interesting email has come my way. I have mentioned before that allegedly cash-strapped Labour Sandwell Council pay out shed loads of taxpayers' money to "employees" who are on "facility time" so that WE pay them to to be union reps. Many are supposed to be "full-time" but this blog has repeatedly raised questions about their apparent closeness to the Labour hierarchy at the bent authority and whether they are really doing enough for the members. Certainly The Skidder has been inundated with complaints about the standard of representation in the failing Council.

(As many of you will know the mighty GMB are currently trying to bankrupt me and take my house.)


Funnily enough someone wrote to me this month complaining bitterly about the unions when a group of workers were made redundant, saying this:

"[the union rep] was always quick to drop Watson's name, and was always going to get him to meet us and perhaps help. But it was all bullsh*t".

Of course, employees who are union reps openly campaign for the comrades but just in case you didn't understand their political affiliations how about this where a GMB rep seems to have become upset about the alleged activities of one of the other unions in Sadders and declares undying commitment to Squealing Eling "lol", Spellar, the self-appointed Nonce-Finder General, Watson and, incredibly, to The Sandwell Slasher, Simon Hackett (plenty more coming on him I promise!) Curiously no mention though of the GMB backing Adrian Bailey, the Borough's other Labour MP:



Interesting that Sandwell Council servers have been used to make such a pledge! Which brings us to part of the meat of the dish. I am currently in without prejudice discussions with SMBC concerning grossly defamatory material published via their email account. Below, the employee directly accuses me of abusing a Councillor - whom I am assuming from the rest of the email is Costigan. In law, the employee can fix the Council with "vicarious liability" in certain circumstances and I shall certainly be adding this libel to the ongoing list in the current litigation. Note to readers: writing the truth about a Councillor's misconduct does NOT constitute abuse!

But worse still, the union rep is actually also using the Sandwell Council facilities - and this has been confirmed by the Council ie that it is on their servers - to solicit election funds/help from the union for a Labour candidate in that same Council! I am making a formal complaint about this and I will be very surprised if the political parties in Sandwell do not do the same. The employee is very close to Costigan and the GMB did cough up £100 in addition to normal party funding. And I wonder what Costigan (?) knew about this? If it was her perhaps she used the loot for her purpose-made "Queen of Wednesbury" shirt which she sported at the count?

So here we have it readers/taxpayers - we pay for union reps who are nominal employees to do union work all day and to use Council "facilities" to solicit funds for an election candidate of the the ruling party! Further, the "For Britain" is not my cup of tea but it is a lawful political party standing in the elections - did the GMB give money to all candidates standing against those that nominal employees do not like? There are questions to be answered here!

And Finally,

The trolls have been out in force recently on social media attacking me and others. Curiously a woman on Facebook suddenly brought up the fake news piece from months ago that other parties had been "campaigning" with For Britain during a Save Lion Farm event. That was a lie then and is a lie now aimed at discrediting other parties. But this moron used her real name and when challenged about her lies claimed she knew nothing about me and this blog. Which is strange since I met her once at Oldbury Council House and she knew exactly who I was. And lo and behold, it turns out she is a close associate of none other than disgraced Labour disaster-zone, ex-Councillor Richard Marshall lol!!!!

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