Those familiar with the antics of Wesley P. P. Hall will doubtless be unsurprised to learn that he’s made the local newspapers again, this time for disrupting a council cabinet meeting in Rossendale, Lancashire.
According to the Rossendale Free Press, police were called when Weaselly refused to stop haranguing Council leader Alyson Barnes:
He claimed to have been left in ‘inhabitable housing’ with ‘rats and flea infestations, no insulation, cracks in the walls, damp and threats of eviction’, and to have been ‘patronised’ by the council leader during a telephone conversation.
As the meeting carried on he began streaming the interaction live on Facebook, and in response to a decision to have a ten-minute adjournment, he told Coun Barnes: “I will be at every public event you are at. You are not a socialist, you are scum. You’re a disgrace to the Labour Party.”
Council leader Alyson Barnes said: “Mr Hall, I think during that conversation it was you ranting at me.
“There’s been numerous attempts to try engage with you as a tenant.” …
Coun Barnes then told the meeting: “By way of some context I think it’s probably worth saying clearly that this gentleman’s frustration relates to the Empty Homes scheme. Mr Hall is a tenant of the Empty Homes scheme and he has had some issues, he refuses point blank to engage with us on a day-to-day level so we can’t talk to him directly. He prefers this approach”.
During the meeting, Weaselly began live-streaming his tirade on Facebook.
Unfortunately the URL wouldn’t upload here, but you can view the performance by clicking this link.
Police were called, but before they could arrive, Weaselley bravely turned his tail and fled.
Rossendale Council has since sent Wesley a letter prohibiting him from attending future meetings without permission. It reads in part:
I write further to your attendance at the Cabinet meeting on 21st February 2018. I must advise that as a result of your disruptive, intimidating and unacceptable behaviour your licence to enter Council premises is hereby revoked. … Should you attempt to enter any premises owned or occupied by the Council from time to time you will be asked to leave and the Police may be called if you fail to do so.
We would ask you also to refrain from your abusive and defamatory behaviour on social media to avoid further action being taken in this regard. The Council will not tolerate the anti-social behaviour you have been demonstrating recently. [Only recently?!—Ed.]
You have the right of written appeal against this decision. …
Insofar as your housing matters are concerned the Council still urges you to make contact with us in a reasonable manner as we do need to discuss your tenancy and inspect the property, in particular to carry out the statutory safety checks which you have to date refused access for.
Weaselly’s long, sad history of fuckwittery
Regular Weaselly followers will recollect that he has a long and inglorious history including but not limited to:
- Multiple criminal convictions
- A vicious racially aggravated assault with a weapon in 2010, for which he received a two-year sentence
- Eviction from a homeless shelter set up in Gary Neville’s Stock Exchange building, as his fellow campaigners complained that he was attempting to run the collective as his own personal fiefdom
- Running various scams involving “collecting (money/clothing/computer equipment/etc.) for the homeless”, who somehow never seem to receive the products of his efforts
- Promoting anti-Semitic slurs, including the infamous and long-disproven “blood libel”
A trademark Weaselly move is to claim that he is “just about to” turn his life around in some dramatic way—attend university, write a book, start a grass-roots campaign to benefit the homeless—for which he requires monetary or logistical support. Sadly, these amazing transformations never materialise.
So it should come as no surprise to find him loudly accusing Rossendale Council of failing to provide proper housing conditions…only to find out that he has been refusing to allow inspectors access to assess the place and make appropriate renovations.
Plus ça change….