What Next?

Each day, there are snippets of news concerning the ongoing drama that is public life in Liverpool. However, it was still a disturbing surprise to hear that one of those arrested under Operation Aloft had attempted suicide. Happily, it was unsuccessful – I am sure that most people have no wish to hear of such an extreme degree of self-harm, no matter who the individual might be.

Less of a shock was to see that Joe Anderson’s crowd-funding page had raised exactly zero funds as contributions in aid of his action against the city council. You may recall that he sued his former employers – at a cost of over £100,000 to the city’s council taxpayers – in a failed attempt to obtain more money from them. On this occasion, he appears to believe that the council taxpayer should again pay for whatever legal actions he now wishes to take against Liverpool City Council. It could be that in the last few days, he has secured a paltry sum in that crowd-funding account. What is clear is that his erstwhile “friends and supporters” have deserted him, conscious that he is no longer of any use to them, and that association with the former mayor may prove toxic.

A later piece of news was the repeated threat to the city’s World Heritage Status. I hope that this does not materialise, but it does reflect the council’s continuing failure to address the issues raised by the council’s cavalier disregard for the city’s truly outstanding built environment. Will the council never collectively wake up to itself? Perhaps we should not be surprised by its hitherto failure to act radically and immediately. Let us take the “new” deputy mayor, Cllr. Corbett, previously a member of the Joe Anderson cabinet. Her attitude to transparency was exemplified by the fact that she sat on a report into the Fox Street debacle, which happened to be in her ward. Transparency can hardly be said to be her by-word, although it is the key to good governance.

I am also told that the refurbishment of a grand house is underway in the leafy village of Rainford, in the borough of St Helens. The property, bought for the princely sum of £850,000, is undergoing extensive alterations which will bring the final cost to around £1,250,000. The ultimate buyer is Mr Peter McInnes, late of Dubai. Remember him and his company, PHD! This heavily embroiled him in the Paramount development scam (between Lord Nelson Street and London Road) as well as the New Chinatown development fiasco. He was also the man named by the police as a money launderer for drug importers, in open court at Preston Crown Court.

All of these relate to what has become a mantra for me – that is, without prosecutions and convictions, nothing will change. That is simply because those who have been major contributors to the mess that is Liverpool City council today, have yet to be held to account. The council leadership is said to be working in tandem to do its bit in correcting the failings of the past, but all we have to date is some proposals to juggle the number of council wards and the number of councillors, promised for 2023. Equally, I remind you that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service are yet to act on the findings of Operation Sheridan, five years after its inception. Lastly, the national Labour Party is currently beset by other priorities than Liverpool Labour’s condition. I am not hopeful that we will see soon any of these undertake the radical action which the city’s recent experiences demand.

I would hope that right minded local elected representatives will be asking of the various agencies, just what they intend to do, and how expeditious any action might be. The fear is that, as in so many similar and previous situations, the local and national Establishments will hope that people will forget, and the whole sorry mess can be shunted into the “too inconvenient/too difficult” file. I do not believe that that will wash, especially with those few people whose diligence in rooting out the truth about council operations gave the real impetus behind the limited action to date. They, above everyone, know that there is a very long way to go.

7 thoughts on “What Next?

  1. It is so dispiriting that there are no obvious leaders prepared to ‘heads up’ and force the obvious issues that will fix our once great city. Has Liverpool become the British Naples?

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  2. What you state here is correct, the elected Governance will not be brought to account for their property disposals, based on friendships, without openness, transparency or scrutiny. To my knowledge there are over 60 separate property gifts to just three individuals equating to a huge amount of lost income to our Council coffers amassing to millions of pounds. This also in my view will not be brought to account.
    I do not believe that this debacle is cascading towards an unforeseen rabbit hole. Lets not forget JA’s recent court case which was aligned for a two day hearing and yet it was thrown out after 20 min. This I believe was due to the overwhelming evidence gifted to the judge. The most detrimental of all my findings is the introduction of Triton who are now leading this case, let’s not forget the reason for Tritons existence as they only investigate drug related matters and in most cases it is the movement of cash that will unleash this can of worms.

    Follow the cash.

    Encrypted phones

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    1. Lawrence Kenwright commenting on council property disposals? Does he believe/hope the people of Liverpool have ridiculously short memories?

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  3. Thanks Peter lets hope they are Jailed as for the current Cabal they have each and every one of us in contempt in it for the money
    And its The Tories narrative

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  4. What next, the answer is nothing. The police will spend a few more years “investigating”, and maybe sned a file to the CPS to put in a draw for a few more years before announcing that there is not enough evidence and dropping everything.
    Useless lack of accountability.

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