At long last Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal [sic] Surjit Tour is OUT. This vile individual who has done so much harm to Sandwell Council should never have been re-appointed by bent Labour in 2017 and he has wreaked havoc ever since.
The Skidder and others have campaigned for years to get this turd flushed out of the system. We have even had a poster campaign and demo outside the Oldbury Kremlin. When the Secretary of State for Levelling-Up, Michael Gove, was considering placing the deeply corrupt Labour authority in "special measures" local community activist, Darryl Magher, and I made detailed written submissions to him providing evidence of Tour's behaviour and pointing out that his instant dismissal without compensation was vital if the bent Borough was to be straightened out.
I will be writing about the sh*tshow Tory record in Sandwell very shortly but myself (and Darryl) have persistently lobbied the MP's - Morris, Bailey and Richards - and all the Conservative Councillors, to work to bring about the urgent demise of this joker. Unless they have done work behind the scenes and kept it secret they appear to have done absolutely f*ck all about this (and, as we shall see, many other things). Indeed some have done exactly the opposite foolishly believing that Tour may become their "friend"!
In mid-October sources began to whisper that Tour was on his way out and I wrote to Michael Gove asking him to ensure that, given his record, Tour received no pay-off from us taxpayers other than what he is legally entitled to. A spokesperson has eventually responded as follows:
"We have noted your concerns about the Monitoring Officer in Sandwell, but specific decisions of the management of its staff are a matter for the Council, with support from its commissioners, not for the department." [See further below.]
It gets worse ... Although Tour has been responsible for outrageous activity such as contesting the Hackett litigation, gaming the standards system and conspiring with McNally and David Stevens to blow £100k of taxpayers money on her absurd personal litigation, he also knows where all the bodies are from the corruption under leaders [sic] Eling and the liar, Carmichael. Indeed he metaphorically murdered and/or buried some of the cadavers himself. He is nominally Head of Legal (ROFLMAO) but also the statutory Monitoring Officer (which means Sandwell has to employ someone in this role by law). But there is no way Dim Kez (i.e. Carmichael) could let him go without him signing a non-disclosure agreement - not least because he could "bring down" half of the Labour Group if he opened his unpleasant mouth. And so it is alleged - and no-one will speak out at present - including the Tories - that although there has to be a Monitoring Officer the corrupt Council - seemingly with the approval of the Government Commissioners - have dressed up a deal whereby there is a "management restructuring" and his "position" is being made redundant. Thus, it is said, the taxpayer is on the hook for the fake "redundancy payment" so that Tour keeps his gob shut.
I won't waste my time writing to pathetic Tory Leader, Dave "Call me David" Fisher, anymore unless I am obliged to do so for legal reasons, but did contact him when the original rumour was that Tour was going at the end of March, 2024:
"THIS IS NOT A PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION - PRESS ENQUIRY
There are widespread rumours that - no thanks to local Conservatives - Tour is going at the end of the municipal year. Further, despite his conduct he is said to be getting a substantial pay off.
1. Is Tour going and, if so, when?
2. If he is away, will the post be advertised or will Carmichael appoint someone without an open process? What are the Conservatives going to do, if anything, to ensure that someone like Tour never happens to Sandwell again?
3. Is it true that Tour will receive a pay-off and, if so, how did your Group oppose this?"
As usual with Fisher, no response.
Anyway I understand that this bent deal was approved at a secret meeting of the Council recently where the press and public were excluded. I have now written to Michael Gove and to the Commissioners as follows:
Email to Michael Gove (noting the earlier reply set out above):
"It is noteworthy that The Secretary of State is so disinterested in appalling conduct by a statutory Monitoring Officer and I will put his views in the public domain. Further the Government has purported to campaign AGAINST large pay-offs to public service [sic: servants]. The latest news is that Tour is indeed leaving but with a large pay-off. How is this being allowed to happen? Surely it should be Mr Gove asking the Commissioners about this and not me?"
Why aren't Tory MP's Morris, Bailey and Richards intervening here given that there is a Tory Government (at least for a little while longer) and noting that the local Councillors are too inept, lazy or incompetent to do anything themselves?
Email to the Commissioners (copy to Dim Kez):
"THIS IS NOT A PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION
I understand that, at last, Surjit Tour is finally out. I call upon the Commissioners and the Council to institute an immediate independent investigation into his conduct and all the cases he has dealt with.
I further understand that despite his conduct he is to receive a large pay-off in addition to his contractual/statutory rights, which is unconscionable. I am informed that this was agreed at a closed meeting of the Council but very many Councillors have relied on his wrongdoing to cover their own lies and misconduct eg. Carmichael, Hackett, Khatun, Melia (and many more). Did these people declare interests at the meeting and/or vote to pay-off Tour?
Clearly this matter is very urgent as the Commissioners are presumably in a position to suspend the payment pending an urgent enquiry."
Watch this space but in the meantime a new Monitoring officer has been appointed, er, from one of the other most corrupt Labour Councils in the UK, Liverpool!!! I am now also investigating how this appointment was made since I, for one, have not seen it independently advertised.
Four Solicitors at Sandwell conspired to unlawfully fund Lisa McNally's malicious litigation and to run a p*sspoor case - Tour, Maria Price, Julia Lynch and Vanessa Maher-Smith. Only the latter remains but the Curse of McNally will hopefully strike to complete the rout of this quartet soon!
I'll keep you posted folks but be prepared for Labour to shaft you for a couple of hundred grand on this ...
Halloween Horrors ...
I was struck by this recent headline from the Wolvo C*suckers (aka The Express and Star):Surely the site referred to is Oldbury Council House - the Heart of Darkness itself and home to many "strange goings on"? And the ghost hunters could scour the now-empty building for the spectral presence of the taxpayer-funded Council shirkforce, many of whom are "working from home" whilst campaigning for a four-day week on five days pay.
From the archive - Part One
I have recently been catching up with my archiving and finding all sorts of odds and sods. This blog is frequently indebted to info from you, dear readers. One informant provided this brief but astonishingly prescient appraisal of former Labour Leader "Red" Yvonne Davies (brought down by the Carmichael Gang) when she got the top job:
From the archive - Part Two
When I worked [sic] in the law many moons ago there was something of a drinking culture at all levels. I worked mostly in personal injury work and major hearings/trials were pretty rare. Usually we had barristers up from London for these and often the proceedings would settle "at the door of the court". Instead of a lengthy hearing learned Counsel and I would be finished by 11 am. Cue a visit to the nearest hostelry, then a restaurant and then pubs again. These events, back in the day, were mega sessions - even with some very senior lawyers. Quite frequently my learned friends would pick up most of the tab too! Alas times have changed and such daytime boozing is frowned upon.
Bent Labour Sandwell Council uses a very expensive set of London Barristers - 11KBW - for much work and they were heavily involved in the standards hearings - or, more accurately, rigged show trials - of former Councillors Mahboob Hussain and Ian Jones. I recently found the note I made when suave London Barrister Ronnie Dennis squired Maria Price and another Sandwell Solicitor to luncheon. Unlike the bacchanalia of my day, wealthy Ronnie "treated" them and himself to refreshments at the Oldbury Wetherspoons where the trio supped 2 orange Pellegrino's (pop) and a ginger beer with 3 "meals". Ronnie flourished his card and paid the bill - £17.80 the lot. If that's what passes for a good time in the law these days I'm very glad I am out of it!
As we shall see in a forthcoming post two Tories have become "Independent" Councillors, but the Labour ranks are thinning too. Lurid allegations surround Labour Cllr Kacey Akpoteni who is no longer showing as a Labour Councillor. And Wakas Younis (is he really related to the Tipton Tosser, Billa?) is believed to have been suspended by the national Labour Party thanks to his video exhorting locals to go and fight for the Palestinians. I wrote to Younis yesterday about this but he has failed to respond. Meanwhile the splendid X account (formerly Twitter) @CorruptSandwell broke the story yesterday and I have nicked their excellent picture:
(By the way, no action has apparently been taken by Labour yet in respect of "nurse" and liar Cllr Parbinder Kaur for her pro-Hamas post. And needless to say there has been no comment from Dim Kez either on the behaviour of these errant Labour members.)
Note: fingers crossed for a long-delayed Skidder Special this weekend ...
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