Archive for the 'Community Charge' Category


Waiting To Tell All

Seems many of you have been waiting for Mr Monkey to apply comment moderation.

Judging by the number of people that have taken the opportunity to leave comments, safe in the knowledge that no one except Mr Monkey will see them, this chimp is going to be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks following up some of your many leads.

Mr Monkey is fascinated by some of your comments and cannot believe that so many of you have been willing to tell all.

This chimp is especially grateful to the senior council officers, who at great personal risk have have forwarded some very interesting material for Mr Monkey to follow up.

He also thanks the senior councillor who forwarded several confidential reports and emails which will be used to expose council leader Iain Malcolm.

But the most interesting revelations concern possible large scale fraud at Newcastle Airport, news of an imminent u turn by council leader Iain Malcolm and a cheap headline grabbing stunt relating to car parking which is set to be announced in the next week.

Mr Monkey reckons this limited comment moderation has been very successful and intends repeating it more often.


Jim Says It’s Not A Done Deal – Is He Lying?

'Cut the crap and get a haircut'

'Cut the crap and get a haircut Jim'

Labour Councillor Jim Foreman, the authority’s lead member for children and young people, has written an open letter in the Gazette to quell families’ fears, and explain how the process of shutting Bamburgh, Margaret Sutton, Epinay, Oakleigh Gardens and Greenfields Special Needs schools will work. CLICK HERE for details

The crux of the matter is that council officers, with the support of Jim and his Labour colleagues, want to close 5 special needs schools in order to force integrate a significant number of children into mainstream education and build 2 new schools for the those that cannot be forced integrated.

It’s purely a coincidence then, that the schools they want to close have a significant cash value and if both the buildings and associated land could be sold for housing, millions of pounds will be available to Jim and his mates to ‘bribe’ their way out of the shit they are likely to face in the next local elections in 2010.

As for the letter, howay Jim, everyone who knows you, knows full well that you can’t even spell haircut and judging by your picture it would seem you don’t even know what the word means!

Cut the crap, you’re incapable of even joining up the dots in a kiddies colouring book so there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that you wrote this letter.

If Mr Monkey was a gambler, he would put all his money on Peter Cutts, the council’s Head of Social Inclusion and Achievement being Councillor Foreman’s ghost writer!



Today’s Cabinet meeting looks to be an interesting affair!

There are a number of publically available reports being ‘considered’ which relate to the financial position of the council. However, a document unwittingly leaked to Mr Monkey reveals a very different picture to the one being spun by the council’s senior officers and the Labour leadership, especially when it comes to the true state of the council’s finances.

Mr Monkey can reveal that the council has once again massively overspent it’s budget and that as a result of this latest failure to manage the borough’s finaces the future looks very bleak, especially if you are an employee of the council or a resident of the borough.

Whatever the spin Iain Malcolm and Irene Lucas puts on this financial disaster, the facts are that there will be some drastic cost cutting measures. These are likley to include; further increases in ‘optional’ charges, scaling down of front line services, suspension of non essential services, the sell off of more publicly owned assets such as school playing fields and buildings, a freeze on recruitment and redundancies amongst council employees.

Residents can also look forward to a whooping increase in the community charge bills of at least 5% in 2009.

There’s no local election in 2009 so Iain Malcolm won’t worry about losing power and hope’s he can ride out the storm by the 2010 elections.

Mr Monkey predicts that in 2010 Labour will bribe the electorate with another headline grabbing artificially low increase in the community charge in a desperate attempt to hold on to power. The bribe will be paid for by allowing officers to ‘secrtely’ borrow millions behind the scenes.

Mr Monkey has learned that Iain Malcolm is so concerned about the political fallout and negative impact this will have on his leadership, that he has called an emergency meeting the Labour group immediately after today’s Cabinet meeting.

Apparently the meeting is to discuss how Labour are going to get out of this one without getting covered in shit.

Mr Monkey is so looking forward to hearing Iain Malcolm squirm later today!

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