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Re: Large number of FoI requests from 10 citize ns

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"SHQ - Gardiner, Lee" <[log in to unmask]>

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SHQ - Gardiner, Lee

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Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:52:42 +0100

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Paul

May I suggest you use slightly less tasteless analogies in future,
particularly given the timing, and also try not to derail serious and
rational discussions of the realities of being an information governance
officer with, to use your own words, your vested interests

While you may well have a justifiable case, and as you have pointed out we
probably don't know the finer points of your situation, this isn't the forum
to air your personal grievances about one authority.

This is a forum for discussing DP issues so I am not even sure why you are
bringing FOI into the picture.

By all means comment and contribute but please try to keep the comments
reasonable and civil, who knows you might find it more effective to take
that line than immediately assuming everyone is out to deny you.

Thanks

Lee Gardiner
Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Cardin [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 13 September 2012 22:49
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [data-protection] Large number of FoI requests from 10 citizens

Thanks for the reply Jonathan and for noticing and acknowledging my various
posts across the internet.

My posts to forums or mailing lists, whatever and wherever they are, are
always carefully considered and measured as far as possible - to a certain
degree - I will not get bogged down in restrained language at times; not
when a full and candid story needs to be told. You may have noticed I'm a
fighter against injustice, and abhor crass, unfeeling, abusing, bullying
officialdom and the apologists for it. My local council ticks so many boxes
as all of the above and more. The FoI team will say black is white on
occasion - because they are pressured into it or maybe lied to. Perfect
example here:

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/9680615.UPDATED__More_astonishing_claims_f
rom_council_whistle_blower_Martin_Morton/?ref=rss

I also remain wary of vested interests, whether they be salaried, or
involved in the field for training purposes, or advancement of their own
business. They will defend to the hilt their right be involved in that
field and to build a career from it. And that is their right. I'll come
forward and give my view. I will "say it how I see it", like I just did in
that last post when people rushed to defend what I know to be the
indefensible, or fail to acknowledge the full picture. Which is years of
concealment and cover up, and ultimately the failure to make people
accountable for learning disabled abuse. Yes, it's emotional - but that is
not to be diminished, discarded or pooh poohed. It's emotional for me
because I have a close relative who may be on the brink of calling upon
Wirral Council for help from their Adult Social Services Department very
soon - which is the heart of many of the problems.

This in part is why I've posted links to some of Wirral Council's more
recent output. I know this council VERY WELL. I worked for this council.
I blew the whistle on financial impropriety and received a range of trumped
up "bullying" disciplinary allegations in return. I resigned. The Director
who brought the false charges, which collapsed at my final hearing, is
currently suspended himself for his subsequent role in contract impropriety
on a very £large scale, breaching EU rules.

Posters here may not know the crucial finer detail. I say to them, some
very quick research, before sounding off, would enable them to build a
better picture of what is pretty much a basket case of an organisation,
possibly nearing its "death throes", but currently going through what could
only be described as a "Hillsboroughesque" scenario (not in magnitude or
seriousness of course) but containing all the same old insincere, failed
attempts to manipulate public opinion, to try to draw a blanket and put
matters to bed: 'action plans'; 'reviews'; the calling in of the LGA, for
form and effect, whilst chucking compromise agreements around like confetti,
with gagging clauses; paying off staff suspected to be abusers with our
public money; appearing to provide them with a clean bill of health and by
turns enabling and encouraging potential further abuse with unknown numbers
of vulnerable people again elsewhere in the future. Who's bothered? We got
rid of the problem.........

That's why I'm direct in my words and my approach. It's abusive Wirral.
See 7.1:

http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=21125

I live here. My relatives live here. I hope to promote debate, but also to
foster some understanding (there has been some, a modicum. Thanks for
that.) I would never lump everyone in together as unfeeling apologists and
bystanders, but the feeling I get from Information and Data people, having
been subject to a sort of "ban" which lasted 20 months, and having seen the
Head of DP lay supine and allow senior officers to drive a coach and horses
through his carefully crafted data and information policies, and not seen as
much as a whimper of protest about it on a wider scale, then I'm forming the
view that many have their priorities out of kilter. Many are and remain
PUBLIC SERVANTS. Does the accumulation of £dosh, or the paying of the
mortgage, or the ascending of the greasy pole trump all else? Where are the
honesty, the principles and most of all..... the courage?

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