Monday, December 24, 2007
The probe was ordered by chief executive Colin CoverUp just two weeks ago after fresh allegations were made about the running of the Mathew Street Festival - in 2006.
But now that the city council has decided to pay the Harbarrowboy off with £250,000 of council taxpayers money, it is unlikely that the investigation will ever be concluded.
(How convenient, eds)
The probe is likely to be mothballed, hidden in a drawer and covered-up for eternity.
(The city council are, at least, consistent, aren't they? eds)
The investigation by the city council's Internal Audit department had originally centred on the Harbarrowboy's role in promoting a particular local rock band who were suddenly given a prime spot at the 2006 Festival.
It is alleged that Jase abused his position and authority as chief executive of the Culture Company to unfairly ensure that the band were given the gig.
A second senior city council official was also being investigated after he was implicated in bringing pressure to bear on staff to make sure that the band appeared.
It is alleged that both Jason Harborow and the senior official intervened to make sure the band appeared.
The Harbarrowboy's £250,000 deal also now makes it almost certain that the un-named official will escape any disciplinary action.
(How convenient again, eds)
Local bands who appeared at the 2006 Mathew Street Festival had to go through a rigorous vetting procedure by an independent panel of judges.
But it is understood that the band at the centre of the probe had not gone through the same procedure.
They were able to jump the queue of local talent and never appeared in front of the judges - but were suddenly given a prime spot at the Festival.
It is alleged that both the Harbarrowboy and the senior official repeatedly pressured staff to give them a slot on the band's behalf.
Whether there was a financial, personal or professional connection between the band and Jase and the other council official is not clear.
Nor is it clear what the justification was for allowing one band to get around the established procedures.
Rather than getting to the bottom of all this, (as would befit any open, transparent and proper public organisation - which obviously rules out the city council under CoverUp, eds) the city council decided instead to opt for a Christmas pay-off for Jase.
So Colin CoverUp decided to turn a blind eye to any potential wrong-doing (not the for the first time, eds) and give the alleged culprit a big fat cheque instead.
Meanwhile the blog will continue our enquiries into this new cover-up (despite the festive season, eds) and will keep you up-dated on developments and any further details we can discover.
PS Some may notice that this all bears a remarkable similarity to the original Tony Parrish's legendary expose of the smiling assassin's involvement in fixing bands for the Summer Pops. Regular readers will recall how Hasitall's son Liam's unknown band 'Abe' suddenly found themselves propelled to playing support for Status Quo at the Pops, thanks to the 'close relationship' between Halsall and CMP promoter Chas 'show me the money' Cole. We can confirm that this second investigation DOES NOT concern 'Abe' who predictably disappeared without trace, after their appearance.
PPS This is the 100th post by Liverpool SubCulture. It's our anniversary. So let's celebrate!