Mystery illness belatedly given as reason for councillor’s poor attendance record

Disgraced hyper-locals, the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP), recently named by HopeNotHate as a haven for the far right in their town (read report here), have belatedly claimed that serious illness has prevented one of their three elected councillors from fulfilling his duties. Since they were formed in 2019, scandal and disgrace has never been veryContinue reading “Mystery illness belatedly given as reason for councillor’s poor attendance record”

When deceit is your stock in trade

Much has been written elsewhere on this website about, very arguably, the most notorious hyperlocal political party in the country. It is a rare week, indeed, when the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) is not embroiled in one scandal or another. Mostly brought about by the deceit and subterfuge that threads through just about everything theyContinue reading “When deceit is your stock in trade”

Labour Party urges hyper locals to clean up their act

Following some tense exchanges in the Oldham Council Chamber earlier this week during the Budget debate (read more here), the local Labour Party has turned up the heat on hyper-local politicians attached to the disgraced Failsworth Independent Party (FIP). A measured, but scathing, attack follows a ludicrous about-turn over the proposed Greater Manchester Clean AirContinue reading “Labour Party urges hyper locals to clean up their act”

Puffs of white smoke slow to rise

Much has been written both on this website and elsewhere in the media about a disgraced hyper-local political party that sprung up in early 2019 in a suburb to the north east of Manchester, writes Neil Wilby. The latest article about the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) was published as recently as Friday 25th February whereContinue reading “Puffs of white smoke slow to rise”

The square root of nothing

With one of the country’s most notorious hyper-local political parties due to have its annual members’ conference this weekend, it is an appropriate moment to chart the progress of the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) since its inception in 2019 and review its achievements. A couple of weeks ago, the town’s fastest growing, and most discussed,Continue reading “The square root of nothing”

Troubled hyper-local party loses another election candidate

It is widely accepted that a North Manchester suburb has a deep rooted problem with racism, stretching back for decades. With a population listed as 95% white that might not be the biggest surprise in the region or the wider country. Failsworth has also, very arguably, the most disgraced independent political party in the countryContinue reading “Troubled hyper-local party loses another election candidate”

Disgraced hyper-local party mired in yet more controversy

Scandal-hit Failsworth Independent Party, never far from headlines in the local, regional and national press, face more controversy as two of their more recent bids to silence their opponents and critics appear set not only to fail, but backfire spectacularly. The thrust of much of the press coverage, and several articles elsewhere on this website,Continue reading “Disgraced hyper-local party mired in yet more controversy”

Extraordinary Council meeting set to rubber stamp top officer appointment

Following an exclusive posted elsewhere on this website on 17th August, 2021 (read here), Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council sits this evening in an Extraordinary session, starting at 6pm, to consider a motion approving the appointment of Harry Catherall as interim chief executive. The proposal to bring Harry out of semi-retirement was considered by the Council’sContinue reading “Extraordinary Council meeting set to rubber stamp top officer appointment”

Independent party betrays locals over green belt election pledge

Much has been written elsewhere on this website over the past six months about the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP), their manifest failings and the exceptionally poor conduct of their elected representatives and chair (read just one example here). Most notably, in the past few days they have, again, launched an extraordinary attack on Oldham CouncilContinue reading “Independent party betrays locals over green belt election pledge”

What the Doctor ordered

Oldham is a town with a shocking reputation, both regionally and nationally. That is inarguable: It is the 17th worst town to live in England. Four of its twenty electoral wards feature in the top 1% of the most deprived in the country. It has a history of racial tension, most recently at a widelyContinue reading “What the Doctor ordered”