New Council Leader faces baptism of fire

Having safely negotiated a softball first appearance as the new Council Leader on May 25th, 2022 with the Mayor-making and Annual General Meeting, Cllr Amanda Chadderton faces a very different test early next week, writes Neil Wilby. In the wake of the controversial Oldham Child Sexual Exploitation Review, published two days ago by the GreaterContinue reading “New Council Leader faces baptism of fire”

Will hate campaign claim second local council Leader?

With the countdown to the local elections in May, 2022 now well under way, the biggest question in the Greater Manchester Region, and possibly the whole of the North West, is will Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council be saying ‘goodbye’ to its Leader, Cllr Arooj Shah, who is up for re-election in the Chadderton South ward,Continue reading “Will hate campaign claim second local council Leader?”

‘Be ye never so high, the law is above you’

Although those words are often attributed to former Master of the Rolls, Tom Denning KC, they were in fact first written by Dr Thomas Fuller, a physician, preacher and intellectual, in 1733. One man to whom those words well might be addressed, and not least today, is 48 year old Raja Miah, an unemployed, failedContinue reading “‘Be ye never so high, the law is above you’”

Activist set to defy police warning over witness intimidation?

In news first broken on this website on 21st January, 2022, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 48 year old man from Stamford Road, Mossley had been charged with two criminal offences and bailed to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 3rd February, 2022 (read more here). Bradford-born Raja Miah (pictured above), an unemployed, self-styledContinue reading “Activist set to defy police warning over witness intimidation?”

Tories stonewall enquiries over alleged links to disgraced activist

In an article first published elsewhere on this website on 9th October, 2021 (read more here), it was exclusively revealed that a disgraced political activist from Tameside, Greater Manchester, was claiming affinity with, and support from, members of the Oldham and Saddleworth Conservative Federation. Raja Miah, presently on police bail over suspicions of racially aggravatedContinue reading “Tories stonewall enquiries over alleged links to disgraced activist”

New kids on the block

This is a version of a post that appeared on Facebook yesterday (15th October), edited for syntax errors and to avoid defamation claims or committal proceedings for contempt, writes Neil Wilby. The profile behind it describes ‘The Old Hammer‘ (TOH) as ‘a new news outlet for Oldham. Coming soon for the 2022 local elections’. “FirstContinue reading “New kids on the block”

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”

Council parts company with another senior executive

Troubled Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has announced that Helen Lockwood is set to leave the local authority. This is the first visible effect of the very recent appointment of interim chief executive, Harry Catherall. He took office on 26th August, 2021. Helen is joining Bury Hospice, which this year celebrates its 30th Anniversary, as chiefContinue reading “Council parts company with another senior executive”

Former Council leader joins the fray

In a week of unusually high drama, even by Oldham Council standards, the issue that dominated the news scene, locally, was the Leader’s extraordinary written response to a call by an Independent councillor for an ’emergency recall’ of Full Council. The news of both the misconceived ‘open letter’, posted by Cllr Brian Hobin on hisContinue reading “Former Council leader joins the fray”

Drinking in last chance saloon?

Following the publication on Friday 13th August, 2021 of a widely read, and shared, exclusive, elsewhere on this website (read here), a ‘peace meeting’ was arranged between Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Cllr Brian Hobin, Group Leader of the three-member Failsworth Independent Party. It followed the posting on-line of aContinue reading “Drinking in last chance saloon?”