Bullies take the cowards way out

An article published  elsewhere on this website yesterday previewed a long awaited meeting between a controversial, unregulated ‘vigilante’ group and representatives of concerned residents of the same town (read more here). In the event, it turned out to be a huge disappointment as the criminals, thugs and bullies who appear to dominate Failsworth Street PatrolContinue reading “Bullies take the cowards way out”

Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?

In a statement published on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website on 30th July, 2021, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced that the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation Review will be published in November 2021 or, at the latest, by the end of the year. That deadline was extended by Andy Burnham atContinue reading “Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?”

Lowest of the Lowe

On 22nd December, 2021 Bolton-based The Oldham Times belatedly, and dramatically, reported on two peripheral matters that had been discussed at a Full Council meeting seven days earlier, writes Neil Wilby. The headlined screamed: ‘Oldham Council probe after allegations of leaks to ‘malicious blogger‘.’ and, setting aside the absence of any interrogatory process that mightContinue reading “Lowest of the Lowe”

Tribunal hears belated claim that Council refused FOIA requests ‘because of ethnic background’

On 11th October, 2021 an Information Rights Tribunal hearing, held remotely via the Court Video Platform (CVP), was the culmination of a bitter two year struggle between a disgraced Tameside-based political activist and the neighbouring Metropolitan Borough Council in Oldham that are the subject of his persistent and unpleasant on-line attacks. Raja Miah, aged 48,Continue reading “Tribunal hears belated claim that Council refused FOIA requests ‘because of ethnic background’”

Inquest finds river death following police chase was ‘misadventure’.

In October, 2020, a series of river deaths in and around the ancient city of York, and the alleged failings of North Yorkshire Police connected to them, were the subject of a searching article article elsewhere on this website. Its headline: ‘We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong‘ is a giveaway (read here). It willContinue reading “Inquest finds river death following police chase was ‘misadventure’.”

Council reveal their detachment from controversial information rights tribunal

A recent information access request to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has produced another surprising revelation from a public authority that appears not to take the relevant statutory framework, and matters flowing from it, at all seriously enough. Indeed they were exposed within the past three months as deceiving a local politician in order to frustrateContinue reading “Council reveal their detachment from controversial information rights tribunal”

Bereaved family re-launch justice campaign for murdered boy

At around 5am on Saturday 3rd May, 1997, petrol was poured through the letterbox of a stone built terraced house in Haywood Avenue, Marsh, Huddersfield. From evidence found at the scene, it took a number of attempts to light the accelerant but, having done so, the flames took hold very quickly and created intense heatContinue reading “Bereaved family re-launch justice campaign for murdered boy”

Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner

Few, if any, journalists or information rights practitioners will mourn the forthcoming departure of the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, writes Neil Wilby. A relentless self-promoter, she has, through inattention to the detail of running her own organisation, and recruiting and deploying sub-optimal managers, allowed the complaints system around the Freedom of Information Act (the Act)Continue reading “Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner”

“Do not Fear Them. Do Not Fear Any of Them”

On Monday 11th October, 2021, Raja Miah, from Mossley, Tameside will appear, remotely, before leading information rights judge, Stephen Cragg QC, and two lay Panel members at a General Regulatory Chamber, First Tier Tribunal hearing. The disgraced political activist, currently on police bail over suspicions of racially aggravated public order and malicious communications offences, isContinue reading ““Do not Fear Them. Do Not Fear Any of Them””

Chocolat scandal comes back to bite watchdog

A scandal that broke earlier this year over alleged misuse of a corporate credit card has come back to bite the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). In February, 2021 the information rights watchdog said it was investigating itself over how one of its corporate credit cards was used to spend £6,248.40 with luxury chocolate specialist HotelContinue reading “Chocolat scandal comes back to bite watchdog”