Real Whitby: The ‘PRIVATE EYE’ Collection

The PRIVATE EYE Collection

In recent times, the investigative-journalism of the Real Whitby CORRUPTION BUSTERS team (TIM HICKS, NIGEL WARD and TIM THORNE – supported by a growing number of researchers, analysts and informants) – has drawn the attention of the country’s pre-eminent political exposé magazine PRIVATE EYE.

In the confident expectation of continuing in this fraternal collaboration, Real Whitby presents a growing picture gallery of scans from the ‘ROTTEN BOROUGHS’ column.

The scans are presented in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent addition will always appear at the top of this page.

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015 – “Knacker Deep”

Another Mention For Real Whitby In Private Eye. Scarborough Councils Tom Fox Comes Under Fire From Some Who Suggest He HA sBeen Slow To Acknowledge The Crimes Of Scarborough Pervert Peter Jackonelli

Another Mention For Real Whitby In Private Eye. Scarborough Councils Tom Fox Comes Under Fire From Some Who Suggest He HA sBeen Slow To Acknowledge The Crimes Of Scarborough Pervert Peter Jackonelli

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014 – “SCARRED BOROUGH” – More dirty tricks in North Yorkshire. Just when you thought that Scarborough Borough Council could sink no lower, the worst Council in the country has now excelled itself by progressing a totally false allegation levelled at Real Whitby contributor Nigel WARD. And by a curious quirk of circumstance, this comes as an apparent ‘return of service’ after Real Whitby published “The Genie is out of the Bottle” in mid-March 2014, an article containing excerpts from an apparently fraudulent 1996 benefit claim by a couple of serving Councillors, the documentation of which was widely circulated in late February 2014, seemingly by an SBC insider.

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013 – “HATS OFF TO REAL WHITBY” – Once again, Private Eye – the most prestigious exposé publication in the country – has expressed full support to the citizen-journalists of Real Whitby, in recognition of our persistent investigations into the activities of the Scarborough paedophile-ring headed up by Jimmy SAVILE and former Scarborough Councillor, Mayor and Alderman Peter JACONELLI – now (like SAVILE) stripped of all civic honours.

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012 – “CONGRATULATIONS” – Private Eye’s ‘Rotten Boroughs’ page tips its distinguished hat to Real Whitby over the recent BBC1 “INSIDE OUT” documentary (aired on Monday 10th February 2014) in which Corruption Busters’ issues were in-depth scrutinised by the Beeb’s legal boffins – and scored a resounding 90 victory against a scratch side composed of dodge-pots and self-servers from Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the North Yorkshire Police!

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011 – “OPEN GOVERNMENT AWARD” – in our determination to provide readers with news of Lisa DIXON’s runner-up spot in the “Legal Bullies of the Year” category of the 2013 ‘Rotten Boroughs’ Awards (see below), we omitted to mention the splendid achievement of Councillor Harry SMITH of Seamer & Crossgates Parish Council, who scooped first place in the “Open Government Award” category. Sorry Harry – here’s your fifteen minutes now.

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010 – “LEGAL BULLIES OF THE YEAR” – another starring appearance from Scarborough Borough Council’s Director of Legal & Democratic Services Lisa DIXON, runner-up in the ‘Rotten Boroughs’ “Legal Bullies of the Year” category.

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009 – “ANARCHY IN THE UK” – under this extreme tongue-in-cheek caption,”Rotten Borough” reports on the incredibly autocratic pomposity of the Old Guard intransigence in the Borough of Scarborough – deservedly one of the Eye’s most popular targets. Isn’t democracy wonderful?

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008 – EGG ON FACE” – in a hard blow to Scarborough Borough Council’s threats of legal action against Real Whitby and it’s main contributors Nigel, Tim and Tim – the CORRUPTION BUSTERS -  “Rotten Boroughs” reports on the recent ruling that Carmarthenshire County Council’s similar action against blogger Jacqui Thompson was unlawful. As this article concludes, “If only the chumps took more notice of Gnome”.

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007 – LEAKS LIKE A SIV” – featuring “Eye favourite” Scarborough Borough again, this time lampooning  the Council’s ill-considered choice of business-partner for its struggling Tourism Portfolio. Onwards!

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006 – LISA MAJESTY” – featuring Scarborough Borough Council Head of Legal & Support Services LISA DIXON, who is also Monitoring Officer to the Borough Council – and to the North Yor Moors national Park Authority.

Related Reading :

Scarborough Council Legal Threat To Real Whitby

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005 – “THEY CANNOT BE SIRIUS” – featuring Scarborough Borough Councillor TIM LAWN (subsequently resigned (who was also Chair of the North York Moors National Park Authority Planning Committee, scheduled to consider the Sirius Mineral YORK POTASH LTD planning application to mine polyhalites under the moors) and Secretary of State appointed Member JANE MITCHELL.

Related Reading

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004 – “MOOR THE MERRIER” – featuring Scarborough Borough Councillor TIM LAWN (subsequently resigned (who was also Chair of the North York Moors National Park Authority Planning Committee, scheduled to consider the Sirius Mineral YORK POTASH LTD planning application to mine polyhalites under the moors) and County Councillor HELEN SWIERS.

Related Reading

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003 – “EXPENSES FIDDLERS OF THE YEAR AWARD – 2012” – featuring the ten North Yorkshire County and Scarborough Borough Councillors who ‘double-dipped’ their Broadband/IT Allowances.

Related Reading

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002 – “DOUBLE-DIPPERS” – featuring County Councillor JANE KENYON, ROBERT GOODWILL MP (Conservative) and the ten North Yorkshire County and Scarborough Borough Councillors who ‘double-dipped’ their Broadband/IT Allowances.

Related Reading

All Real Whitby Articles On Double Dipping

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001 – “WOODEN EXCUSES” – featuring County Councillor JANE KENYON, Dales Timber Ltd and NYCC Head of Legal & Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer CAROLE DUNN.

Related Reading

All Real Whitby Articles Tagged Kenyon

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32 Responses to "Real Whitby: The ‘PRIVATE EYE’ Collection"

  1. Real Whitby Webmaster  April 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Has Lisa Dixon Of Scarborough Borough Council written to them suggesting they are criminals and trying to get them shut down ?

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    • steveL  February 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      A few friends and I have been running the Hartlepool Post website for over 11 years now. We did so because the local newspaper was not providing balanced coverage of our council’s activity – and there were some very questionable activities going on. When I read sites like Real Whitby and what is fast becoming a host of other sites around the UK, it becomes obvious that the same problems in Local Government we see in Whitby and Hartlepool are in fact everywhere – they are endemic.

      Local Government is, in my view, the most corrupt and self-serving segment of UK society and while it has undoubtedly taken its lead from Westminster the focus of the press on National Government has given free range to their local counterparts.

      Something is very seriously wrong in our country.

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      • brianT  April 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

        Here in Richmondshire whatever the councils General Manager says cannot evidently be challenged, if I ask the leading councillors of any of the political parties about problems I never get a reply so how can I decide who to vote for in the next election, at least in Westminster there is debate in parliament and questions can be asked. Councillors may have passed their political exams but they have no management experience. I used to believe that it was my duty to vote but now I believe that they are all as incompetent as each other.

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  2. Dawn Morris  April 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    A lot of council attitudes are exposed in this book including backhanders for developments http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Wars-Discipline-Devils-Regions/dp/1481943324/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366730713&sr=1-1&keywords=Culture+Wars+To+Discipline+the+Devil%27s+Regions

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  3. Rupert Ferguson  April 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Just what we need! North Yorkshire’s answer to the Durham Cobbler! Cobbler’s to the Council!

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  4. Stakesby Legs  April 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    When’s the next one? Please let it be puppy dog Plant. Put a dent in his reputation! (nudge nudge – say no more)

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  5. Andrea Smith  April 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Speaking to a site contributor today. I understand Joe Plant Is next up. Why hasnt codhead done a plant sketch about the dog incident.

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  6. Walker  April 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Nice to see Private Eye getting involved.

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    • Tim Hicks  October 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Dear Walker,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I agree. Private Eye have been very supportive and concerned. It is are monitoring the situation closely, as is another national newspaper.

      Best regards,

      Tim

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  7. Nigel  October 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Further details of the Carmarthenshire County Council blunder can be found here:

    http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/news/10698165.Two_of_Carmarthenshire_county_council_s_financial_transactions__unlawful______auditor/

    “One of the transactions – for the amount of £23,217 – was expenditure incurred in granting an indemnity to Mr James to bring a libel counter-claim against Towy Valley blogger Jacqui Thompson.

    The other refers to funds totalling £16,353 paid to the chief executive in lieu of employer pension contributions.”

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  8. Tim Hicks  October 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    So in summary, the facts of this sorry saga of malice and professional incompetence are as follows:

    SBC Solicitor Lisa Dixon wrote to Nigel Ward, Tim Thorne and I in March 2013, i) calling us liars, ii) alleging we had committed criminal offences III) stating that consequently complaints had been made about us to the police and iv) threatening us with a libel action on behalf of SBC.

    When the facts were examined:

    1. Mrs Dixon was unable to give any example of any falsehood, inaccuracy, libellous or defamatory comment in any article. As a result she became the subject of ridicule in the national press brining SBC into disrepute (See Private Eye article “Lisa Majesty” 006 above).

    2. North Yorkshire Police have not pursued the allegations of harassment made by the SBC Portfolio Holder for Finance Procurement and Legal Councillor Kenyon and allegedly by one or more other Councillors. This can only be because they are fatuous.

    3. It now transpires that Councils are not empowered to commence actions for libel and therefore by extension, Mrs Dixon was not empowered to cause alarm and distress to Tim Thorne, Nigel Ward, Glenn Kilpatrick and I by issuing these threats. Particularly as they transpired to be completely unsupported by any evidence at all.

    At the same time Mrs Dixon wrote to Real Whitby’s ISP in her capacity as SBC Head of Legal and Democratic Services demanding that it “terminate” the site. When Whitby Town Council debated this, SBC issued a press release denying that it had tried to close down Real Whitby, which was obviously a lie. I pointed this out to Mrs Dixon, but she nevertheless refused to correct it, thereby allowing it to be placed before a WTC meeting knowing it contained misleading falsehood. In the event this attempt to deceive WTC was unsuccessful and it censured SBC, bringing down even more discredit on SBC as a result of Mrs Dixon’s actions

    Quite apart from the above libel action shambles, it now transpires that in a flagrant violation of his rights under the Data Protection Act 1998, Mrs Dixon sent a confidential email containing the name and personal details of a member of the public who had courageously accused Alderman of the Borough Peter Jaconelli (deceased) of being a serial predatory homosexual paedophile, to an unknown third party. A clear breach of her duty of confidentiality as a solicitor and as a Council Officer.

    The questions have to be asked:

    What sort of solicitor is it that could behave in such a way and manoeuvre SBC into a position where it attracted ridicule in the national press and censure by another Council?

    Why is it that no one will admit who it was in SBC that told Mrs Dixon to issue these threats?

    and

    What is going on in the SBC Legal Department?

    Tim

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  9. Glenn Kilpatrick  October 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Dreadful scan that last one. Looks terrible.

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  10. M Yates  October 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Excellent summary of the sterling work of the Real Whitby team. Fact is always more interesting than fiction and this collection just confirms that. Keep up the corruption busting!

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  11. Brian Dodds  October 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    The standard use of bully tactics, denial of responsibility, cover ups and basically lying about the widespread corruption and illegal actions by this bunch of incompetent criminals doesn,t come as any surprise at all. They take their lead from a similar bunch of incompetent wannabe,s that we seem to have in the House of Commons who are without doubt the worst benefit scroungers in the country. Their sole purpose for entering into the political arena seems to be their own self enrichment by any means necessary. There may well be honest national and local politicians who are genuinely trying to serve their constituants but they are few and far between, and no doubt they are subjected to “pressure” from the majority to try and keep them quiet. Long may Real Whitby continue to expose the corrupt practices which seem to have become generally accepted by those involved, you are doing an outstanding job guys, I salute you all.

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  12. James Miller  October 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Thi thread looks like it is reviving. It really does point out what is happening amongst our local politicians and the totally non-political public ‘servants’ who surround them so that is certainly a good thing.

    One update since it was first published is that concerning the Sirius fiasco. It now looks as if not too many people will be making millions out of it, in fact, it looks highly likely that if anybody has a share certificate from this company it is probably only going to be worth hanging from a nail in the smallest room in the house and used for other purposes. Oh dear, how sad, never mind, I am sure that they will continue trying to talk it up but, despite my efforts to improve their chances by putting a couple of kilos of sulphate of potash on my apple trees every year, I really am sorry that it increasingly looks doomed. (Exeunt sniggering).

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  13. realwhitby  November 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Click the link for more Private Eye debate.

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=595887447125889&id=129300957117876

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  14. frances cranton  November 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    youve got to laugh or it would make you cry!

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  15. yvonne thomas  January 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Correct me if I am wrong but I understand the legal team for North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) was put out to tender and won in April 2012 by the legal team based in Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) so both Councils now share the same legal team?

    I wish I had known of your web-site earlier for I have suffered at the hands of this ‘new’ legal team when I tried to secure removal of an illegal obstruction from public footpaths in Helmsley, on land owned by the Helmsley Estate in the North York Moors National Park.

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  16. You dont need to know  February 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    You all obviously have nothing to do… Personally i think you all need to get a life and stop ruining other peoples!

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  17. Ian Detute  February 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Personally i,m glad Real Whitby exists to uncover the news the local press ignore.Keep up the good work your message is getting across.

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  18. You dont need to know  February 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Some stuff on this website is good, but making up other shit about people is just wrong. How would any of you like it if a website wrote stuff like this about you? You obviously wouldn’t, it’s a natural human reaction with someone calling you.

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    • Tim Hicks  February 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

      We do not make up allegations. Every allegation we publish is meticulously supported by fact. if you don’t believe me then watch the BBC Programme Inside Out that was broadcast about us.

      How would I like it if a website wrote stuff like this about me? I do not break the law, abuse police powers or misuse public funds, so the question does not arise. However, if other people choose to, Real Whitby is free to publish information on them. That is a risk they choose to take when abusing the public trust.

      They all have the right to reply through the comments section or to sue if they have a case. None of them ever do because our articles are meticulously backed up by fact.

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  19. Glenn Kilpatrick  February 11, 2014 at 12:59 am

    With all due respect, All the articles published in Private Eye by Tim Minogue have been floated past their legal department. They wouldn’t go to print if they felt them to be made up.

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  20. Mark Lewis  February 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Well does the Corruption Busters! Personally, I think one of the major problems throughout England, is there are far too many satellites or sub-offices within the Councils. It all needs to be streamlined and simplified, so the ordinary people can understand what is happening and to eliminate corruption.

    Has Lisa Dixon ever successfully prosecuted anyone voicing an opinion?

    One county council office in the centre of the county and one for each district is plenty. It also shouldn’t be allowed for one person to oversee so much land or to be a member of more than one council. It beggars belief, how they got away with it in the first place!

    What is transparent is Tim Lawn hoping to get a very nice Tudor style mansion on the proceeds and back handers from Sirius. Maybe all people of England should also be having a referendum to kick out all elected Councillors and get some younger modern actions, like urban renewal, and renewable energy. Give someone too much power and they will abuse it, and forget their real purpose.

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  21. Dave L  February 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    where’s spitting image when you need it.
    Keep up the good work I logged on after watching Inside Out and will continue to use your site daily
    I am not a Whitby resident but I reside up the coast in Redcar and Cleveland my parish council has much the same attitude to it’s electorate.

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  22. Richard Ineson  February 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    A sorry catalogue of mismanagement indeed, just what are they so desperate to hide? Both of the major Councils, NYCC and SBC, together with the North Yorkshire Police Authority (now hopefully, set on a new course of fiscal prudence), are all three, guilty of the most appalling betrayal of the trust placed in them, to manage the public purse, in a proper fashion. Why will they not follow the policy of the Coalition Government in relation to openness and transparency? The reasons for this are not clear, but only lead to speculation, amongst those of us who finance these organisations, that all is not well, and there are reasons, perhaps of a nefarious nature for their recalcitrance. Why do the management of SBC and NYCC think that it has been necessary to establish Real Whitby, and the Scarborough Town Action Group? Surely there must be someone, employed by us, in these organisations, who has some sense of probity and integrity, why are they not speaking out and making things change? It must, by now, be apparent, to all, but the most dense of our elected representatives, that these legitimate concerns,of the public are fully justified and not going to go away. Any further delay in addressing these concerns will convert more of the electorate into believing in the legitimacy of these concerns with every day that passes. The time for action is long past.

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  23. David Craig Little  February 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Help! Will the Scarborough Spa Complex be open in April for the National AGM and Members Weekend, if SIV has taken it over?

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  27. Barrie Lynes  March 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

    This is like reading something out of viz! It’s so outrageous that one might think it’s a sketch from a comedy show. It turns that this is no sketch it’s real facts and it’s unbelievable that it’s not only happened but is continuing to go on. These so called councilors and pathetic police officers need bringing to justice and ousting out of office asap. Well done real Whitby.

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