Hyper-locals falling apart?

After another calamitous election campaign, controversial hyper-locals Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth (POAS) has seen the defection of yet another of its small cohort of candidates. Following the departure of Paul Goldring, Ronald Bailey and Gary Tarbuck, before the 2022 elections, the latest to exit is Rachelle Wood-Moore, who stood for election to Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Hyper-locals falling apart?”

Disgraced activist splits from political party it is claimed he founded

Disgraced Tameside-based political activist, Raja Miah, has split from the controversial Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Party (the POOS or POAS). In a brief announcement on his frequently banned Recusant Nine platform, on 24th October, 2021, he said: “There is the small matter of a parting of the ways with Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth.Continue reading “Disgraced activist splits from political party it is claimed he founded”

Council Leader calls for ‘wider representation of views’

Oldham’s Council Leader has urged residents of the Borough to join in the Public Question Time sessions at Full Council meetings, writes Neil Wilby. Cllr Arooj Shah‘s call came during July’s session at which queries had been raised by four politicians, with no unaffiliated members of the public taking part. Two Conservative Party members, RobertContinue reading “Council Leader calls for ‘wider representation of views’”

Disinformation discolours local elections

This article is an adaption from a post on the Valent Newsletter blog, a site dedicated to ‘dealing with Disinformation/Misinformation/Fake News…..and online manipulation’. Full credit is given to both Valent and the author, Hamish Falconer. His article is linked here. It’s sub-heading is ‘A QAnon-style campaign helps topple a council leader’. There are a significantContinue reading “Disinformation discolours local elections”

Absent of evidence

Tameside’s best known political agitator, Raja Miah, suffered a further blow this week with yet more social media bans, writes Neil Wilby. Two of his weekly broadcasts on the ‘Recusant Nine’ YouTube channel, purporting to cover political issues in the neighbouring Borough of Oldham, were removed after both were found to contain defamatory material. AnContinue reading “Absent of evidence”

Beginning of the end?

It’s been a long haul. An investigation that started over a year ago may soon be coming to an end, writes Neil Wilby. Allegations that a police force, a local council and a group of MP’s were engaged in a long running wide-scale cover up of grooming and child sex abuse, in an East LancashireContinue reading “Beginning of the end?”

An exercise in futility

This is the seventh article I have written since I first became involved in a journalistic scrutiny of the local council, and the police, in Oldham. A large Borough that forms part of the Greater Manchester region and incorporates a sizeable chunk of the old West Riding of Yorkshire (writes Neil Wilby). The fifth wasContinue reading “An exercise in futility”