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eurocar: a regular contributor to mr monkey’s blog

On Monday Mr Monkey said he would publish a list of all the comments on his site that used the and CLICK HERE.

This followed revelations that council leader Iain Malcolm was behind at least two comments left on Mr Monkey’s Blog during the recent taxpayer funded councillors jolly to France and that he or one of his stooges – most likely councillor Steve Harrison - used the eurocar e-mail address to post the comments.

Mr Monkey also revealed that there seemed to be a link between eurocar and Iain Malcolm. Comments left on this site suggest that the link is councillor Steve Harrison – apparently he owns a company called eurocar and that this company recently won a lucartive contract to supply transport services for the elderly. 

Mr Monkey can now reveal that the eurocar e-mail address has been used around 90 times to post comments on this site (under various names) and they have nearly always come from the same IP address - until the French jolly.

The style, tone and terminology of these comments is indentical except for the two comments written by Iain Malcom whilst he was in France. Ironically the other 88 comments left by councillor Harrison demonstrates what he really thinks about his colleagies and Mr Monkey reckons they will be overjoyed at the prospect of having this eloquent and confused individual in their ranks.

Here are some of the comments that have appear to have been posted by Steve Harrison from the eurocar address – to help put them in context, Mr Monkey has also included a link to the original post:-

On George Elsom ..

Recon a lot of Councillors in South Tyneside wished he broke his fuckin neck.Heard a canny story about the time he shit his pants on the golf course when one of his mates threatend the Bastard, maybe Mr Monkey would like me to share it with his bloggers?

George ‘ive pissed me pants’ Elsom, is coming towards the end of his political life. He was bought very cheaplyoff Iain’miss piggy’Malcolm and a shit vice chair was all he had to show for it. His Missus Olive – had the embarrasment of one of the lowest ever votes in South Tyneside, what a sorry loser u are George. You have no hope of ever getting elected again, because the Indys are going to hammer your ward when its your turn to stand, Better still every other opposition party wants u gone including Labour. Ha ha ha bought for a poxy vice chair then sailed down the tyne like a peice of shit.

On David Potts .. 

Apparantly his Dick dont work to well according to one Scrubber from the Cottage pub in Cleadon.

I thought Fat pigs flew not took the train?

Do you want me to bring him in for questioning?

On Eddie McAtominey..

It Was reported in the Malcolm fanzine ( Gazette ) last week that the residents of Hebburn have a 5,500 name petition against the Tescoville
development and PISSED-AS-A-DRUNKEN-CUNT McAtominey told them to basic’ly PISS OFF he was going to make the decision not them. Well i think the boots on the other foot now.

Theres over 40K gannin in that hoose, paid for of course by the hard working taxpayers. Drunken bastard gets 7k basic 12k Police Athourity, 10k Cabinet
Fiddiling Nanc gets 7k Basic and 9+k Chair of Scrutiny. she should of scrutinized that fat tango’ed twat

Aye this Fucka has got away with it for years, after the scandal when he was kicked out of the Labour party for fiddiling, I and several other labour stalwarts dropped out. The man does not know the meaning of the word Integrity, fat, lying, cheating cunt he has scammed himself through life. Hopefully the Magistrates in Peterlee will through the book at the twat and the Borough of South Tyneside will be shot of him. The good people of Hebburn who presented the 5,500 petition are sticking two fucking fingers up to you, they are indeed having the last laugh.

On George Elsom and the Progressives ..

Aye how fuckin niave can the progs be, the twats President or some fuckin thing, going round with George ‘red rum’Elsom like his arse lacky.
The Bastards going to fall from a great height right into a bucket of shite.

On Iain Malcom ..

fkin faggotttttttttttttttttttttttttttt


Mr Monkey will be posting more comments from eurocar over the coming days.


councillor harrison takes the lead in the french connection

"which way to the free beer tent"

"which way to the free beer tent"

It didn’t take long for Indy councillor Steve Harrison to live up to his reputation of being a freeloader now that his shackles have been removed.

Councillor Harrsion left the Indy Alliance in May to become a ‘stand alone independent’ but within days he joined a new group called the association of misfits non aligned independents and progressives.

It now seems that his price for leaving the Indy Alliance was not the promise of a paid position but the chance to go on a few freebies at the taxpayers expense.

Since being elected by the people of Fellgate and Hedworth to oppose the Labour party he has regularly jumped into bed with them in exchange for a chance to live it up at the public’s expense – councillor Harrison’s loves nothing better than a freebie especially if it means he can get pissed without putting his hand in his pocket.

Mr Monkey has now learned that as well as his taxpayer funded trips to Belfast, London and Bournmouth councillor Harrison has gone continental. On Monday he joined a large delegation of scroungers on a week long trip to Epinay-ser-Seine on the outskirts of Paris, France – funded by the taxpayer.

It seems that even the publicity loving leader of the council thinks the trip might be a sensitive issue at a time when MP’s expenses have angered so many people. This might explain the absence of any coverage in the Labour party fanzine, aka the Shields Gazette and of course there’s the small matter of rubbing his Jarrow and Hebburn colleagues noses in it – no wonder he’s told those around him not to say anything about the trip.

Mr Monkey can’t wait to see how councillor Harrison is going to explain this one to the people that elected him to oppose a regime renowned for it’s abuse of public money. Whilst he’s at it he might want to explain why he’s missed so many council meetings due to business commitments yet he can drop everything at a moments notice to spend a week on the piss, paid for by the people of South Tyneside.


how much does a progressive councillor cost the taxpayer?

It’s the Progressives turn to face Mr Monkey’s how much do they cost the taxpayer test. 

Like the Real Independents, these closet Conservatives have effectively been bought by Miss Piggy as he tries desperately to cling on to power. Sadly this once major force in South Tyneside politics has been reduced to a handful of has beens that are well past their sell by date, but they do all have one thing in common – they’re useless, and in some case clueless. 

Take councillor Hetherington, one of the Ugly Sisters from West Park, she accepted the position of vice chair of the Riverside Community Area Forum thinking it was a paid position and when she found out it wasn’t she spent the rest of the year sulking. 






  Weekly Cost   

J. Capstick






K. Hickman






E. Hetherington






M. Robinson






L. Nolan


















 The cost of each Progressive councillor to the taxpayer in 2008 – 09 was £8,826.20


tory councillor David Potts £12,000 expense claims

After yesterday’s pronouncements by the Conservative leader David Cameron concerning the dodgy expense claims of some of his colleagues i.e pay back the money or risk being booted out of the party, Mr Monkey can’t help wondering when councillor David Potts, the local Conservative group leader will join the newly formed  alliance of spineless progressives and the outcasts, who apparently want to be known as The Progressive Party and The Association on non Aligned Independent Councillors?

Regular readers of this blog will remember this post CLICK HERE

"After claiming nearly £12,000 in expenses he still can't afford a pair of sunglasses"

"After claiming nearly £12,000 in expenses he still can't afford a pair of sunglasses"

about councillor Potts record expense claim in 2005 when he claimed more than £2,251 – most of it was spent on First Class rail travel which just happened to be around the same time he claimed he was studying at Cambridge.

Mr Monkey can now reveal that councillor Potts has gone that extra mile in the last 12 months (2008 – 09) and has set another record by claiming a whooping  £3,393 in travel expenses and subsistence.

Interestingly this claim also coincides with the period that councillor Potts had been selected as the Conservative candidate to challenge Alistair Darling in Edinburgh – that is until Mr Monkey put paid to his political ambitions by revealing the sleazy alcohol fuelled antics of councillor Potts.

This chimp reckons that the people of South Tyneside unwittingly paid for his campaign jollies and will be stunned to learn that the council allowed him to get away with it.

Mr Monkey can also reveal that councillor Potts, who is allegedly in opposition has one of the worst attendance records on South Tyneside council,  but he’s still managed to claim nearly £12,000 in travel and subsistence since his election in late 2004.

This chimp reckons it’s time David Cameron turned his attention to some of his colleagues in local government, especially those who are blatantly ripping off the taxpayer with their exaggerated and probably fraudulent expense claims.

.. and Mr Monkey certainly intends to bring councillor Potts dubious expense claims to his attention.


a sinking ship or wishful thinking?

Message to Graham Rigg and David Potts (I know they’re avid readers of this blog, so they’ll see this)

Over the past few days, Graham Rigg and David Potts have been having a right old time of it while Mr Monkey has been busy moving house.

Rigg, with plenty of time on his hands as an unemployed man whose been a bit of a failure in life (still in an upstairs flat in your mid 50s, Graham? There are crisis loans for things like that…) has thrown some horrific slurs his way.

But let us not forget: with more members than any of the other opposition groups, they’re still the biggest opposition group. They’re THE political success story in this borough’s history.

No political party has came anywhere near achieving their kind of success in modern times in South Tyneside.

The Tories have three councillors, as do the Lib Dems. The Tories havemade NO gains during David Potts tenure as leader, despite Labour disintegrating nationally over the past five years. Surely questions have to be asked about his competence?

The Progressives, once a dominant political force in the borough, have just five councillors and their hanging on by their finger tips. Take Jim Capstick he scrapped through by just three votes at the last elections.

So tell us, which group/party is doing things wrong…

I personally believe that Rigg and Potts hate the Independent Alliance because they don’t believe in democracy. They believe candidates should be vetted by old school parties, given the nod by party chiefs, and then step forward for election. It’s an insiders world, and they want it to stay that way.

Take councillor Ahmed Khan for instance, they don’t believe a member of the public, (A BLASTED OUTSIDER!) unsoiled by previous political roles, should stand and be duly elected. They don’t want to see the local political gentleman’s club fall apart, worse still their cosy little world being exposed for all to see.

Well Mr Monkey has news for Rigg, Potts and the ruling elite; there are more ‘councillor Khan’s’ on the way.

The Independents are still the official opposition group on the council. The Progressives also vote alongside them. They’re still close. They are a force to be reckoned with.

If you want confirmation of this go to the next council meeting on 12th May. You’re certain to see the Independent Alliance doing the job they were elected to do – oppose the ruling party. On the other hand you’ll see the Tories happily accepting a few tit-bits (PAID OF COURSE), handed out by Labour in a desperate attempt to buy their loyalty for the next 12 months.

Despite what Rigg says, since when have political groups standing in tinpot local elections had to have extensive manifestos and policies?

If so, point me in the direction of the weighty manifestos put forward by local councillors at the last election…You can’t – you’re talking bullshit. They put out double-sided A5 leaflets outlining how they’d improved their wards – they didn’t put out 20-year plans for tourism and business in the town.

At local level it’s about sound money, sound running of the council, competence, honesty and integrity. With a leader and deputy leader who’ve been big business successes themselves, I trust them to do just that.

Why aren’t they that forthcoming about what they “would” do? Probably because there’s no chance of them forming an executive to run the council for two or three years. So why live in fantasy land when they can tell the public what they’ll OPPOSE. When they’re close to seeing the opposition make it into power, they’ll tell the public what they’ll do. If the public like it, they’ll keep on voting. If they don’t, watch them lose their seats.

Just one question, Curly – do you ever get in touch with people you’re about to slur to ask for their take on your inaccurate claims?

Thought not.

Graham Rigg – sniggered at by Labour bosses, loathed by Independents, tolerated reluctantly by Tories.

'Amateur, photographer, amateur blogger, failed politician and general all round misfit desperate to be loved’

'Amateur, photographer, amateur blogger, failed politician and general all round misfit desperate to be loved’


who pressed the wrong button?

After months of waiting, the electronic voting system in the council chamber was used for the first time at last week’s full council meeting.

Things could’nt have been simpler, all the bloodsuckers councillors had to do was:

  • press the the green button for yes
  • press the the red button for no
  • press the white button to abstain

but Mr Monkey has learned that it was all to much for one fuckwit who seems to have pressed the wrong button and voted with the Tories.

When it was time to vote on the King of Sleaze’s, Tory Boy Potts amendment, 43 voted against the motion and 3 voted for it – yet there were only 2 Tories in the chamber.

This chimp is trying to find out who the fuckwit was and will let bloggers know as soon as he hears anything.


Red Rum Hands The Reigns To Lurch

Councillor George ‘Red Rum’ Elsom the fuckwit whose hobbies include climbing into wheelie bins in the dead of night has been told by his doctor to cut out the sunbeds because it’s frying his brain.

Although he’s taken his doctors advise Red Rum is worried that he could end up looking like a grey gelding at the Grand National.

Olive, his long suffering filly has stepped in and managed to persuade him to take a trip down under in a last ditched attempt to convince him that he’s not past it. Whilst the rest of us put up with Arctic conditions, Red Rum is suning himself down under and was last seen climbing into rbbish bins in the outback.

Before he left, Red Rum handed over the reigns of the Real Independent Party to his lackey councillor Terry Haram, aka the Whiteleas Lurch.

Mr Monkey can’t help wondering what Lurch is going to do without Red Rum other than argue with himself in the bathroom mirror. Although he could kick the borough’s political whore, Paul Walker, about for the next 4 weeks but he’d have to pry him away from the grasp of the Witches of West Park, aka the Ugly Sisters.


Pantomine In West Park

'West Park Panto .. with Enid, Majorie and special guest star Buttons'

'West Park Panto .. with Enid, Majorie and special guest star Buttons'

West Park is about to gain notoriety as a panto venue with the maiden appearance of the Ugly Sisters, councillors Enid Hetherington and Marjorie Robinson.

After years of doing fuck all except riding on the coat tails of their late father, it seems someone has persuaded them it might be a good idea to do a ward surgery.

Mr Monkey reckons anyone foolish enough to turn up will feel as though they’re watching paint dry – and that’s just waiting for them to say hello.

Apparently there’ll be a third cast member present and Mr Monkey reckons it will be Buttons – but who is he?

Suspects include George ‘Red Rum’ Elsom’s lackey, Paul Walker who moonlights for the Progressives as their secretary or Ken Hickman who gives the impression he doesn’t even know what day of the week it is. Rumour has it that even the Fat Mackem Hobbit might put in an appearance.

It seems this latest brainwave in West Park has been years in the making and all Mr Monkey can say is .. look out behind you’  because Red Rum Elsom is about to stab you in the back.


EXCLUSIVE: Creative Accountancy or Cooking The Books?

EXCLUSIVE: Seems South Tyneside is about to cover up reveal another black hole it’s finances.

Readers will recall that several years ago an £11 million  ‘Black Hole’ mysteriously appeared in the council’s finances and in the best traditions of local government spin they some how managed to pass the buck and keep their jobs. But this time a source close to the leadership has expressed concern that they might not be able to get away with it.

Apparently senior councillors and officers are concerned that a combined opposition will latch on to this latest financial scandal and demand answers which may prove difficult to provide without incriminating themselves. They’re also concerned that this issue will unify the opposition parties in the run up to 2010 local elections and fuck any chances Miss Piggy might have of doing a deal to stay in power should Labour lose it’s majority.

Mr Monkey has been told that Corporate Governance and Adult Services are the two departments affected and between them they’ve managed to overspend by a massive £12 million pounds.

Seems Miss Piggy, council leader Iain Malcolm’s pledge to keep the council tax down is just pie in the sky. Either that or they are going to have to cook the books do some pretty creative accountancy between now and March.


Must Try Harder When It Comes To Attendances

Seems another local blogger has stolen a march on the Gazette Malcolm Fanzine when it comes to councillors attendance records.

A year ago the Northern Herald CLICK HERE ran a Private Eye style report on the attendance record of councillors for the previous 12 months and it makes interesting reading.

The Northern Herald report covered all committees attendances over a 12 month period and provides bloggers with an accurate picture of attendance levels. This appraoch accuratley reflects the commitment shown by each councillor to attending meetings on a week by week basis and not just a select few that they are ‘forced’ to attend because the leader (Miss Piggy) and party whips said so.

It seems that when you do the maths over 12 months a very different picture emerges to the one that is portrayed in Birdman Maclean’s e-mail, CLICK HERE.

No register taken before 18 October 2007. However, on the 19th the following members were absent without sick notes; Atkinson, Dix, Gibson, Hanson, Hickman, Lewell, McMillan, Perry, Punchion, Strike and Thompson. Present were Lewis, Meeks and Potts (?) On the 18th the school didn’t have enough members present to form a team., so they had to come back the day after.

Robinson, Punchion, McMillan, Hetherington and Boyack all receive a gold star for full attendance ( 4 att out of 4). Silver stars to Foreman (3 att out of 4) and Atkinson (2 att out of 4). A bronze award to McAtominey and Branley (1 att out 0f 4) while Bell. J. is suspended for not bothering to come to school ( 0 att out of 4).

Full marks to Sewell and Woods for never missing the school bus (12 att out of 12). What was the matter boys, frightened in case the other boys talked about you? Well done Henderson (11 att out of 12); get to the bus stop earlier and you could be like the rest. The other members in the class managed the following; McAtominey and Waggot (Head Boy) managed to get to school 10 out of 12 times, followed closely by Foreman and Brady with 9 attout of 12. Malcolm in the Middle with 8 out of 12, watch those pizzas’s boy! Last again Bell, with 7 out of 12 attendances. Much more of this and it’s the heads office for you girl!

Nolan, Potts, Boyack, Brady, McAtominey and Wood will receive lines and the cane for failing to turn up on 6 out of 6 occasions. Potts, the schools particularly disappointed with you as you should know better, you were warned last year. Litter duty goes to McKie and Meeks (1 att out of 6) with Hanson (2 att out of six) holding the black bin liner. Gibson (4 att out of 6) Hickman and Lewis (5 att out of 6) extra custard.

Top of the class awards to Hetherington, Maxwell, Meeks and Nolan (5 att out of 5), followed by Waddle, Anglin, Lewis and Scorer (4 att out 5). Atkinson and Perry (3 att out of 5) and Boyack (2 attout of 5) stop hanging around the playground with Haram and Strike, their bad influences on you (1 att out of 5).

I have had to ask the school governors what these lessons actually involve. Elsom, McAtominey, McKie and Milburn (0 att out 2) its pointless asking you what went on. Defty, Hetherington and waddle (1 att out of 2) consider new lessons and Brady, Bell, Clare, Foreman, Hanson, Malcolm, Sewell and Waggot (2 att out of 2) for Gods sake get yourselves a hobby!

Branley, Dixon, Kidd and McMillan – act your age(0 att out of 2). McKie, Punchion and Stewart, behave (1 att out of 2). Donaldson, Kerr, McCabe, Robinson and Wood (Scottish lad) well done (2 att out of 2).

Anglin, Pigott, Wood. J. and Davidson, extra privileges (2 att out of 2). Branley, shoe shining duty (0 att out of 2).

Abbott, Capstick (4 att out of 4) Defty, Meeks, Maxwell and Perry (3 att out 4) – the schools very proud of you. Donaldson and McCabe (2 att out 4) Dix, Elsom and Potts – why bother (1 att out 4). Malcolm. E. and Scorer, you’re a disruptive influence on the rest of the class (0 att out 4).

Pigott, Malcolm, Nolan and Dix (3 att out of 3) extra milk. Anglin, Leask, Robinson and Wood. D., semi skimmed (2 att out of 3). Branley, Lewis and Spraggon (1 att out of 3) and Gibson (0 att out of 3) red top for you watery eyed fops!

And finally – the big boy and girls school. With severe over crowding in this class, if your names are not mentioned, it’s the school badge for you. Well done! However, toilet duty to the following; Branley, McMillan and Haram (2 att out of 5). Defty, Harrison, Lewell, Maxwell and Potts, library duty all week (3 att out of 5).


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