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.