Monday, November 12, 2007
FORMER city council leader Mike Storey is threatening legal action to prevent the secret Mathew Street report being published.
Storey-teller has told the city council he will sue if they make the report available.
Because it is Storey who has been fingered by the report for giving the go-ahead for £150,000 to be cut from the Mathew Street budget.
The finger is also pointing at him for being present at a meeting with the Harbarrowboy when he was told the event would have to be cancelled.
Labour Leader Joe Anderson has already established that as far back as last November, Storey was warning that the Mathew Street Festival might need to be moved from the city centre to Sefton Park.
He was the least surprised person in the city when the Harbarrowboy gave Mathew Street the chop.
The secret report is amazingly now in the hands of an incredibly expensive top QC at Fireman Bradley's insistence.
It apparently makes it clear that Storey is ultimately responsible for cancelling Mathew Street.
So now the great Cover-up by Colin has become crystal clear (shome mistake, shurely? eds)
Chief executive Hilton has been protecting the Lib Dems from another monumental political disaster.
If the report is published it will immediately become clear that Storey-teller is heavily implicated in the Mathew Street debacle.
Storey would have to resign both as the city's regeneration boss and 700th Birthday Boy.
It would be a second political humiliation from which he could never recover.
And he would probably have to also go as a city councillor (Sir Diddy must be loving this, eds)
His resignation would be a hammer blow to the Fireman's credibility - Bradley has given constant preferment to Storey, who has always been his political mentor.
And it would be another astonishing political defeat for the deflated Lib Dems.
To misquote the immortal Oscar Wilde, losing Storey once may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose him a second time looks like carelessness....