Wirral First Calls For Public Inquiry

We have today called for Eric Pickles, the Minister of State for Communities and Local Government to launch a Public Inquiry into the conduct and governance of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

This follows the handling of the criminal conspiracy at the Department of Adult Social Services outlined in the Anna Klonowski report and the appalling revelations by the Audit Commission relating to the acquisition of the Cheshire Lines building and the £8m outsourced highways contract.

The recent scandals only confirm what many people have known for some time- that Wirral Borough Council is not fit for purpose. We have a cabal of mendacious councillors aligned with a group of venal and self-serving officials and the result is atrophy for the citizens of Wirral.

Last week, we advised all our prospective candidates to boycott the upcoming elections in protest at the continuing incompetence as we believe this Council is now too deeply flawed to be reformed from within.

Instead, we have today launched an E Petition to Central Government calling for the Council to be dissolved and we would ask you to sign it.

Election Strategy

It cannot be stressed enough that Wirral First is NOT a political party, but an organic grass roots movement formed to try to free us from the appalling rule we suffer from both Wallasey and Westminster. It is not a “top down”, but a “bottom up” organisation where we expect citizens to be prepared to take charge of their own lives.

This is mirrored in our election strategy so, rather than appoint candidates to fight elections on your behalf, we want YOU to stand for office on your own account to represent the interests of your own community.

In the past, before the process was hijacked by the party machines, there was a fine tradition of independent councillors in local government and it is this element of remote centralised control that has led to the incompetence and corruption that we now endure in Wirral

So what do we suggest you do?

We want citizens to stand for election, in the wards in which they live, on an Independent-Wirral First platform. To do this, you need to download the Nomination forms, fill them in and deliver them to the returning officer in Wallasey by 12.00 noon on 4th April, 2012. You will need to garner the initial support of 10 voters in the ward.

Clearly, there is not much time to be wasted so the first thing to do is to send us an email at info@wirralfirst.org and we will check there is no other Wirral First candidate planning to stand. We will then coordinate whatever help you might need- getting the necessary signatures, appointing an election agent, and canvassing in your locality.

If, for whatever reason, you are not prepared to stand but would like to assist in the election effort please register your interest by email.

This is an opportunity for us to begin to take back control of our lives. If we choose not to make a stand now we should not, in the future, attach blame to our oppressors but to ourselves.

Press Release

WIRRAL FIRST, a new political movement based in Wirral, will contest a number of seats in the forthcoming Council elections in May, 2012. A number of ex-councillors, former parliamentary candidates and others will stand as independent candidates under the Wirral First manifesto, which is as follows.

  • A directly elected executive Mayor for Wirral
  • Abolition of the cabinet. Cabinet responsibilities to be taken by the Mayor.
  • Reduction of Councillor numbers from 66 to 22
  • Change from a ‘can do’ to a ‘will enable’ Council. Every service will be examined to see whether it can be provided by somebody other than the Council.
  • An immediate 3% cut in Council Tax in accordance with taxpayer wishes in the recent consultation.

Councillors supported by Wirral First promise that they will not draw any expenses or vote for any Council Tax increase during their term of office.

Further information can be obtained by emailing info@wirralfirst.org and from the website at www.wirralfirst.org

Steering Group Meeting

It is proposed to hold the initial meeting of a Wirral First steering group in the next couple of weeks.

At this meeting, we expect to discuss and develop initial policy and begin to make arrangements for the official launch of the movement later in the year and the council elections next May.

Anyone interested in joining the project at this exciting early stage and becoming part of the steering group should send an email to info@wirralfirst.org and should include some brief personal details.

Why not get involved and help us begin to put Wirral First!!!!

Welcome

A very warm welcome to the website of the Wirral First movement.

We hope you enjoy your visit and leave stimulated by the possibilities we outline for Wirral.

If, after reading our policies, you are as excited as we are about the tremendous opportunity to transform Wirral into a thriving, prosperous forward looking region where we can all live free from the shackles of excessive taxation and bureaucratic oppression, we would welcome your support.

Please click the Donation button to help us financially or complete the Support Us form and we will contact you to explain what you can do to help.

A Vision For Wirral

What do these places have in common?

Andorra 86,000, Isle of Man 83,000, American Samoa 68,000, Dominica 68,000, Bermuda 64,566, Guernsey 62,274, Northern Mariana Islands 61,000, Greenland 56,452, Cayman Islands 54,878, Marshall Islands 54,305, Saint Kitts and Nevis 52,000, Faroe Islands 48,585, Turks and Caicos Islands 40,357, Sint Maarten 37,429, Liechtenstein 36,157, Monaco 35,000, San Marino 31,887, Gibraltar 29,000, British Virgin Islands 28,213, Cook Islands 23,400, Palau 20,000, Anguilla 15,236, Nauru 10,000, Tuvalu 10,000, Montserrat 6,000, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 4,000, Falkland Islands 3,000, Niue 1,500, Tokelau 1,100, Vatican City 500, Pitcairn Islands

In case you haven’t got it, they are all small places that are self governing. The Wirral is a very distinct geographical area and with a population four times as great as that of the Isle of Man. It is more than capable of looking after its own affairs in the interests of Wirralians.

In a globalised world, it is not as significant as it once might have been to talk about independence, but we do seek complete autonomy to manage the political, economic and legal requirements of our peninsula. We do not want a seat at the United Nations, Membership of the EU or any of the conventional trappings of state hood. We would have no more need of border controls or military forces than the Isle of Man or the channel Islands and yet our natural assets would ensure a quality of life and distinct identity as good as anywhere in the world.

An autonomous Wirral would emulate the business success of Singapore and its freeport, the financial environment of Monaco and the tourist appeal of Andorra. A low tax, business friendly Wirral would attract world class golf, sailing, cultural and artistic events to rival any others. Lifting the burden of UK bureaucracy will result in the economic development of the east of Wirral bringing prosperity to an area that has suffered decades of deprivation.

No personal taxes will be levied in Wirral. All costs required for administering the peninsula will be raised by sales taxes.

Each Wirral town, village or district may elect a self funding community council if it so chooses and it will decide its own method of election. The community council will be able to make decisions on any matter not proscribed by the legislature.

Wirral laws will comprise the common law and bill of rights of England that has been our historical inheritance. UK statutes will not be incorporated. The Wirral legislature shall comprise one vote from each community council. Each community council will appoint a legislator who will represent them at meetings of the legislature when they are required. The legislature will appoint a clerk to conduct business and maintain records.

In all cases the presumption shall be that decision will be made at the lowest level possible. Whatever is not prohibited is permitted.

Devolution to the constituent administrations within the UK has only been achieved after decades of campaigning and it is still very far from being complete. It will take time to win acceptance for Wirral autonomy. In the meantime we will build support for a Wirral First movement through which we will seek to increase prosperity in the peninsula by eliminating public waste and bureaucracy as far as possible. We will campaign for large reductions in Council tax by contracting out all WMBC activities which need to be carried out and the discontinuation of those which are not essential. To achieve more efficient and accountable government of the Wirral we will support the direct election of an executive mayor to replace the costly and cumbersome WMBC.