EXCLUSIVE: Come on Irene .. Tell Us The Truth!

Left ... Caroline Thomas.

Irene Lucas claims she "left by mutual consent"

Why is it that the people who run South Tyneside Council find it so difficult to tell the truth when they’re faced with difficult decisions?

Is it because:

They no longer recognise the difference between right and wrong?

They genuinely believe their own spin?

They can’t deal with any criticism or embarrassment?

 They don’t want their piers in local government circles to know what really goes on in South Tyneside?

They are afraid they might not win any more awards, beacons or worse still lose some of their worthless star ratings?

They believe the people of South Tyneside are stupid and don’t deserve to be told the truth?

They can’t accept they make mistakes?

They are worried about their own career and political prospects?

They are habitual liars?

Or is it a combination of all these factors?

On New Year’s Eve The Shields Gazette Malcolm Fanzine published an article about “Another Top Council Officer Leaving” CLICK HERE. 

The article was based on a leaked e-mail sent to all councillors about the sudden departure of Caroline Thomas, the Head of Adult Services. According to the e-mail from Irene Lucas, the chief executive of the council, Caroline left by “mutual consent”.

Mr Monkey can now reveal that Ms Lucas has at best been economical with the truth.

The facts are that Caroline was summoned for an urgent meeting at which she was effectively given an ultimatum – leave or else we’ll sack you. Mr Monkey did some digging over Christmas and can reveal that Caroline did not leave by mutual consent, she was effectively dismissed. Ms Lucas will no doubt claim she left voluntarily but the facts are that she was effectively blackmailed pressured into leaving.

Her departure was dramatic to say the least. When she was forced‘ agreed’ to leave she was told to do so immediately (that day) and when she asked if she could have some time to  say farewell to her staff she was told that she was not allowed to even return to her office.

Mr Monkey can also reveal that the real reason Caroline was sacked left was that her department has overspent it’s budget by a massive £3 million pounds.

Council leader Iain Malcolm is desperately trying to hide this fuck up from the public as he tries to come up with a way of conning them into parting with yet more money to pay for an increase in next year’s council tax.

Rumour has it that he’s spitting blood especially as this overspend was not picked up at an earlier stage by the finance officers and wanted a scapegoat to hide behind so he effectively ordered his chief executive, Irene Lucas to get rid of Ms Thomas. This episode was also designed to remind Irene that he’s now the boss

It seems that the ‘mutual consent’ argument was never going to convince most people and it now appears the they underestimated Caroline’s determination to get revenge clear her name. Apparently she’s already instructed Unison (her union) to take up her case and has lodged a formal grievance against the way in which she has been treated.  She’s also talking about separate legal action against the authority for constructive dismissal – so much for mutual consent.

Like this chimp said at the outset .. they’re a bunch of lying bastards.


10 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Come on Irene .. Tell Us The Truth!”

  1. 1 psychosis
    06/01/2009 at 19:00

    I think you’re barking up the wrong tree here mr m…ms thomas’s leaving was not at the bequest of iain malcolm, but more due to her total incompetence – not only did she preside over said budget problem, but she also instigated projects to close a number of facilities across the borough, had lost most of the members, and her management team, and had a major falling out with her boss. Allied to her abrasive personal style and her refusal to listen to anyone but herself, she had become a total embarrassment

    06/01/2009 at 19:52

    If psychosis is to be believed who is appointing this type of officer to a key post within the authority ????

  3. 3 psychosis
    06/01/2009 at 20:47

    That would be the appointments panel, consisting of members, consultants and a certain ms lucas. Worth pointing out that ms thomas applied for the job when it was first advertised in early 2007 and got nowhere near getting it but was suddenly seen as good enough second time round in late 2007 when the first chap pulled out after accepting the job…

  4. 4 psychosis
    06/01/2009 at 21:00

    An appointments committee, which involves members, recruitment consultants and a certain ms lucas made the decision. One may also want to ask why ms thomas was not deemed suitable when the post was first advertised in early 2007 but when readvertised in late 2007 she easily got the job

  5. 5 A Friend
    07/01/2009 at 00:42

    Heard the latest about Potts? Talk is that he has bought a house in Newcastle

  6. 6 Pauline
    07/01/2009 at 07:39

    Sounds like Ms Thomas was the best of a bad bunch or that Ms Lucas planned on using her as a scapegoat for the departments problems all along.

  7. 7 Pauline
    07/01/2009 at 07:41

    Wonder Potts plans setting up home with the woman who is about to become the mother of his bastard?

  8. 8 A Friend
    07/01/2009 at 21:34

    No, I already told you that fatty fabricated that story to trap people. His GF is definitely not pregnant, trust me because I know them both. He is playing a game with you. He knows who ‘baboonhouse’ is and already has a solicitor drawing up papers against him.

    Potts may look like a complete fool, but he is a devious and cunning little TOSSER who has absolutely no morals whatsoever. He will stop at nothing to pull back the curtain and reveal you. If his Daddy’s money wasn’t enough, he is also doing well in his own right and I know that revealing Mr Monkey is quite near the top of his list of priorities.

    His house in Newcastle is somewhere for his GF to live as she doesn’t like Boldon and the car he bought her draws too much attention in such a small village (just ask the regulars at the red lion).

  9. 9 Mr Monkey
    08/01/2009 at 07:26

    Thanks for the insight but Mr Monkey knew his story was fabricated when he claimed he’d got her pregnant – he hasn’t got it in him.

    But Mr Monkey thought he’d run with it anyway just to play along with him especially as he was stupid enough to tell the entire world. Unfortunately he told several people ‘close’ to him who in turn couldn’t wait to tell everybody including Mr Monkey and before long everybody in the town hall knew.

    Anyone who knows the King of Sleaze will tell you what an insecure, immature and insignificant individual councillor Potts is. His whole life is based upon lies and deceit, as he dwells in some kind of murky fantasy world – Mr Monkey’s not sure whether it’s the drugs or the drink that causes his hallucinations of grandeur.

    As for the shit he’s putting out about solicitors and exposing Mr Monkey, this chimp has heard it all before and reckons it’s just the latest tale in a long line of tall stories.

    As for Mr Monkey’s Blog, it’s here to stay and this chimp can assure readers that Pudgy Face Potts or any other individual are a country mile away from revealing Mr Monkey’s identity, especially if the list of suspects is anything to go by.

    So good luck Tory Boy, keep up the good work and don’t forget your cheque book the next time you see your solicitor – he’ll be used taking ‘candy of a baby’.

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