‘Cover-up’ council puts up the shutters yet again

A local council that repeatedly, and falsely, claims to be open and transparent has been caught out, yet again, in a familiar sequence of ineptitude, poor decision-making, deception and cover-up. As is often the case, what started out as a relatively minor matter escalates out of all proportion simply because very highly paid senior officersContinue reading “‘Cover-up’ council puts up the shutters yet again”

‘Vigilante’ patrol returns to Manchester streets

The controversial Failsworth Street Patrol (FSP) is back. Founded around two years ago and run by local man, Paul Wadsworth, FSP purports to keep the streets of the North East Manchester suburb safe by sending out unvetted men in hoods and balaclavas in the early hours of the morning. Amongst these patrollers are said toContinue reading “‘Vigilante’ patrol returns to Manchester streets”

Disgraced hyper-local Party let themselves down yet again

On this Neil Wilby Media website there are hundreds of stories that concern the more complex end of the crime and disaster spectrum; serious journalism on the most sombre of topics. Amongst all that, there are probably a dozen or so articles that feature a controversial political party that operates out of a north-east suburbContinue reading “Disgraced hyper-local Party let themselves down yet again”

‘Investigative journalist, my arse’ says disgraced councillor.

Two days ago, a perennially disgraced Oldham councillor, Brian Hobin, was approached by the author of this article, Neil Wilby, to offer right of reply to a piece published here on Neil Wilby Media on the same day. The subject matter concerned a prima facie parking violation that was of no real consequence, apart fromContinue reading “‘Investigative journalist, my arse’ says disgraced councillor.”

‘Holier than thou’ councillor transgresses – yet again

An Oldham Councillor whom routinely presents himself in the civic chamber as a God-fearing moral guardian has been allegedly caught out, not only parking on two sets of double yellow lines, but, much more seriously, using his mobile phone whilst driving. These revelations were made on the ‘Failsworth Moan’ Facebook community group by a localContinue reading “‘Holier than thou’ councillor transgresses – yet again”

Feral female’s further falsehoods

Over the past two years or so, I have written hundreds of thousands of words on this Neil Wilby Media website about a famous old East Lancashire mill town and its political trials and tribulations, writes Neil Wilby. It’s a journey I never wanted to make in the first place and one from which anContinue reading “Feral female’s further falsehoods”

Mystery of the ‘missing’ councillor?

A firebrand Conservative councillor in Oldham whom, after a number of unsuccessful attempts, finally won a seat in the civic chamber by displacing the then Leader of the Council, Arooj Shah, in the Chadderton South ward, is at the centre of more local controversy. A widely criticised election campaign was run by Robert Barnes inContinue reading “Mystery of the ‘missing’ councillor?”

Council crackdown on public disorder continues

It is well rehearsed elsewhere on this Neil Wilby Media website that Full Council meetings during the current municipal year in Oldham Metropolitan Borough have been turbulent renewals. Two of those meetings, in June and July, were marred by scenes of serious disorder both in the public galleries and in the council chamber – andContinue reading “Council crackdown on public disorder continues”

Safeguarding Minister says ‘No’

As reported elsewhere on Neil Wilby Media earlier today (read more here), the Home Office has written to the Leader of the Opposition on Oldham Council (Cllr Howard Sykes MBE is also the Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats) and turned down his request for an independent inquiry into grotesque failings by police and councilContinue reading “Safeguarding Minister says ‘No’”

Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale

As an investigative journalist, an essential requirement is to develop a thick skin and the ability shrug off both criticism and resistance to what is being probed, writes Neil Wilby. Particularly, from subjects of those enquiries and their circle of friends and associates who may feel threatened by what may, potentially, be exposed. This can,Continue reading “Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale”