Tuesday, October 16, 2007


CURRENT city council chief executive, Colin 'Cover Up' Hilton is living up to his name again - this time with the fabled Mathew Street inquiry.

First a panic-stricken 'Cover Up' rigged the inquiry, refusing Labour's perfectly reasonable demands for an independent investigation so he could avoid the blame .

He made sure the 'investigation' stayed in-house so it could be safely handled by the widely discredited city council internal audit team and (play)'acting' city solicitor Ken Unworthy.

That was bad enough - giving no one any hope whatsoever that there would be any determined attempt to get to the bottom of what went on and who did what (or didn't, eds).

But then Cover Up went even further in a desperate attempt to save his own skin and that of 'currently off work sick with a heart condition, but never to return and with a gi-normous pay-off on the way to the hacienda in Spain', Jason Harbarrowboy.

'Cover Up' first promised the report would be ready by the end of September. He broke his promise.

Then he promised to present Labour leader Joe Anderson with a copy of the full report on Monday of this week. He broke his promise again.

'Cover Up' told Anderson on Monday that he had sent the report back to legal experts and that it would not be published before Wednesday's full council meeting.

Cover Up had already shared the contents of the initial report with the wounded badly Lib Dem fireman Bradley.

The pair didn't like what they saw - even the sanitised version - and conspired together to order a hasty re-write (quelle surprise, eds).

He has meanwhile now advised Councillor Anderson that, as Opposition Leader, he must submit a written request if he is ever to receive a copy of the eagerly awaited report.

Of course, wounded Lib Dem Bradley has had his own personal copy of the report (Version 1, eds) in his back pocket for days.

It will be interesting to see if we ever get the chance to compare Version 1 with Version 2, or 3 or 4.

Or however many other versions it takes to get Cover Up and Bradley safely off the hook and thereby absolved from any responsibility for the Mathew St debacle.

So 'Cover Up' is playing ducks and drakes with the Labour opposition and using the city council's arcane procedures and accustomed incompetence to try and hide his complicity in the Mathew Street cover up.

And to save his own skin.

As the city council's senior official, he has showed himself to be utterly contemptuous of the Opposition group and of wasting more than £40,000 in public money through this charade.

Worse, he has fatally compromised any last shred of integrity he was clinging to, by openly sacrificing all pretence at neutrality and impartiality.

We are promised that for chief executive Mr Colin Hilton, OBE, acclaimed architect of the The 08 Place whitewash and Summer Pops smokescreen, there will be a day of reckoning for his part in this latest testament to mendacious misrule - the Mathew Street cover up...


hacked off said...

I feel really cheated the guy showed such promise when he stepped up to the rule but what we are actually getting is the same dodgy goings on as with the former diddy despot but without the tantrums and tiaras.

AnneMcCann said...

I received this just after reading the last news on our illustrious council. The fireman and the cover upper (plus their mates) definitely come into the last category!


1. Put 400 bricks in a closed room.

2. Put your new employees in the room and close the door.

3. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours.

4. Then analyze the situation:

a. If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting


b. If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.

c. If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them

in Engineering.

d. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put

them in Planning.

e. If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in


f. If they are sleeping, put them in Security.

g. If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in

Information Technology.

h. If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.

i. If they say they have tried different combinations, they are

looking for more, yet not a brick has been moved, put them in Sales.

j. If they have already left for the day, put them in Marketing.

k. If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.

l. If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been

moved, congratulate them and put them in Top Management .

Finally, if they have surrounded themselves with bricks in such a way that they can neither be seen nor heard from, put them in Government.

By-stander said...

Classic comment from Joe Anderson at Wednesday night's full council meeting. Cover Up was sat there with his head in his hands, looking as though he had dozed off. "Wake up, Cover Up!" shouts Anderson spotting him nodding off, "Remember what happened to Joe Reilly!" Laughter all around, red-faced Cover Up suddenly struggles back to life. Tee hee.

Tori Blare said...

If Cover Up claims, by careful editing, that he had nothing to do with any of the recent events that have made Liverpool a laughing stock again. Then could someone please explain the exact purpose of his post?
I thought the Chief Executive was the person with overall responsibility for the running of public services, if he is stating it was not his fault or he did not know about it, then he has failed in his overall duty.

Warren Bradley as leader of the ruling Lib Dem administration, has the overall responsibility to ensure the people of Liverpool get the best service possible for their council tax. He has also failed as he has proven over the last few months that he is not even in the loop when it comes to making financial decisions for the city.
Therefore what IS the purpose of these people?

The Hammer said...

Nail on head, Tori, nail on head.

Tori Blare said...

Word on the street is that whilst all this poo poo is flying around the Town Hall Chambers, Mr David McElhinney is trying to sneak in the back door and has requested a meeting with Councilors, one of them is the Storey Teller himself, Mike obe, his reason for the meeting is to discuss Liverpool Direct business and has been described in PUBLIC minutes as a "council employee, seconded to Liverpool Direct Limited". Check the public records for last month!
That may answer the question we have often asked, "who pays Dr Deaths wages?".

The Tonys said...

Very interesting Tori. If you can send us any more info through the usual channels, we will be all ears. We also know of one person whose righteous wrath would be visited on the unsuspecting head of the Storey teller should Dr Death receive anything like a sympathetic hearing from the ruling Lib Dem group. The Storeyteller would wish he had been savaged by a rottweiller, rather than risk that happening. Believe us. It would be extremely, extremely ill-judged of the Lib Dem's.

Tori Blare said...

OOh your part sounds better than mine Tony's.
I'm hopping the Storey teller gets that rightious wrath anyway!

Anonymous said...

Mathew Street fiasco has been and gone whats the point in continuing this squabble there is only TWO MONTHS LEFT to 2008 should we not be trying to make sure it will happen rather than trying to deal with whats gone?
Worry about the future forget the past the IceBerg is upon us.....

Tori Blare said...

To last anonymous, are you stupid?
This has everything to do with Capital of Culture 2008, its the same gobshites that are taking the piss now and during the last festival charade, that are preparing and wasting our money for 2008!
Even if it was 20 years ago, the truth should be told and those responsible should be made to pay!

How the council use Ripa to spy on you....

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