When first exposing the clandestine operation involving geese removal from Victoria park Tipton, we now know John Satchwell commented in his biased briefing to cabinet member Maria Crompton that ” members of the public may oppose the dispatching and culling, the potential for adverse publicity may arise from such measures.”
Should it come as a surprise then that the officer responsible for this entire operation would tell a few little “white lies” to those members of the public who opposed such measures? This is certainly what this member of the public got on Wednesday 10th July 2013 from the contractor of Sandwell council and John Satchwell himself. This year, he also repeated the lie about relocation right up to the point when SMBC appear to have suggested that they had done everything by the book and undertaken a cull following due procedure.
Notwithstanding the fact that the same contractor liars told other members of the public the same bullshit on the day last year, we have Councillor Crompton appearing to have acknowledged that a lie was told… “I think that was ill conceived , whoever….. ” and she was going to say had told me this lie but was asked another question.
And then there is the matter of the email pictures of geese clearly being released at Forge Mill lake last year, sent to me by a senior officer within the council who claimed to have witnessed this release. I asked him to send me proof that they had been released, and he dually replied with the evidence.
Having asked about this release, Sandwell council in their official reply stated that the geese had been culled in 2013, that I had seen taken form Victoria park Tipton, and videod, and that this ranger had sent me later that day being released from his mobile phone. The email was sent from his own personal email address, presumably from his phone, to his Sandwell.gov email account, and then later obviously forwarded to me when back in the office to my email address. All of this I can prove, together with the times that the pictures were taken and the make and model of camera, and times the emails were sent. SO WERE THESE ALL SOME ELABORATE SCHEME, SET UP TO DECEIVE THIS MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, OR WERE THESE GEESE ACTUALLY RELEASED LAST YEAR?
This provides SMBC with somewhat of a problem. In a Freedom of Information request that was submitted at the same time as the story broke, and which was posted on the main Sandwell council facebook page, Sandwell council appear to try to reinvent some history here with what appear to be a set of lies, as detailed above. The request has now disappeared from the facebook page, as the requester posted the initial FOI request questions asking them “why had they lied” about relocating the geese, having instead killed them all?”
In reply to this request which the council have now slipped onto their website hoping that it will not be seen (lol) , they state “NO LIES WERE TOLD-the geese were displaced to a suitable location to be culled.”
But wait a minute…. if they are claiming this, then they are indirectly calling myself a liar and that their contractors, John Satchwell and the ranger who sent me clear evidence of geese being released at Forge Mill lake last year did not claim that the birds were going to be released at Forge Mill lake. Just for the record, the semantics of the word “relocation” do not come into play here at all. I asked all involved in this if the birds had been or were going to be killed, to which they all replied in the negative.
Maria Crompton, putting on her questioning politicians voice on the radio, and claiming she knew nothing about the pictures sent to me by one of her officers, asked why if the video which I had taken last year had only just come to light this year, should perhaps consider the reaction that has taken place this year when discovering the truth about this lying deceitful rotten borough council. DOES SHE FOR ONE MINUTE THINK THAT IF ARMED WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED, AND WHAT THEY NOW APPEAR TO ADMIT IN TRYING TO ESCAPE HAVING ADMITTING TO HAVE ILLEGALLY RELEASING A NON-NATIVE SPECIES WITHOUT CONSENT, THAT THIS WOULD NOT HAVE GONE PUBLIC IN THE WAY IT HAS THIS YEAR?
It now rests with those who were involved or roped into Satchwell’s original set of lies to admit the truth. WERE THESE GEESE RELEASED AT FORGE MILL LAKE LAST YEAR- AS STATED TO ME AND OTHERS, AND THAT THE PICTURES CLEARLY SHOW. YES OR NO? WE WILL NOT ALLOW THIS LYING ABYSMAL AUTHORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE THIS QUESTION.