The headline is ambiguous: "Sick council leader"
Alan Taylor has been poorly, and we genuinely do wish him well.
Whilst the Council Leader has been recuperating the naked ambition of some Rochdale Lib Dems has been harsh. The knives have been out with sly comments about all his council expenses and allowances still being paid while his deputy does most of the work.
Sick council leader.
This might be a reference to Rochdale Council being sick?
The wheels are falling off most big regeneration projects in our troubled town: Kingsway, Metrolink and the Town Centre redevelopment to name the biggest howlers.
Rochdale is getting a reputation as a "Ghost Town" and "Sick Capital of Britain ".
The millions that get spent on the top salaries for the Borough's senior executives are certainly not performance related.
In stark contrast the council minions get shafted with their pay and grade reviews.
There is huge discontent within RMBC and "Impact Partnership". There is a whispering campaign calling for the sacking Chief Exec Roger Ellis and to scrap the Rochdale Development Agency, Link4Life and other cash cows. But as long as the turkeys hold power in Rochdale they will not vote for Christmas.
Or was Rochdale Online having a cryptic dig at Alan Taylor's past. "Sick"- according to some. Many years before he was Council Leader, hirsuite Alan was Cyril Smith MP's agent as well as a cheeky Rapmate of the Year 1975.
Alan has the key to the closet where many of Cyril's skeletons are hidden. For him to remain silent may be very loyal but some say it is "sick". But as long as he is silent then Big Cyril should protect him. Full council allowances and expenses are a small price to pay for keeping a lid on what happened all those years ago. Allegations regarding Cyril Smith and sexual abuse, civic sleeze and planning corruption.
Surely nothing like that is still happening in Rochdale?
That would make Rochdale Council very sick indeed.
If there are corrupt shenanghans going on in Rochdale then Cyril Smith and his apologists can Póg mo Thoin rather than spank it. Time to call the Garda and clean up Rochdale.
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