THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS
Category: Chicken of the Year
Winner: Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart
Following his George Bush `Read My Lips' Award, Ian Stewart picks up a second gong in this annual online glittering ceremony.
Eight months into his reign as Mayor of Salford and still Ian Stewart won't be interviewed by the Salford Star. This saga dates back to October, when, after six months grace from being elected, the Star thought it right to question the new Mayor's record and ambitions. Unfortunately Mr Mayor wasn't having any of it…
We are extremely busy trying to protect the most vulnerable members of our Community" etc etc... "I will ask my office to get in touch with some suitable dates…"
To date there's been nothing. Except underhand remarks, accusing the Star (although not directly, of course) of "lies" and "misinformation". We even wrote him an open letter – but, pathetically, no reply was ever received (see here).
Maybe Mr Stewart doesn't like the fact that the Star is printing details of his financial dealings – pay offs from Parliament (see here) and an income from his tax payer funded second home (see here).
Maybe Mr Stewart doesn't like the fact that the Star has launched a countdown to get rid of the Mayoral system that breeds arrogance and contempt from those in power (see here for feature and see the countdown clock on the Star front page)
Or maybe he and his new communications spin doctor/journalism expert, Matt `I once wrote for the Manchester Evening News' Finnegan, believe that by trying to ignore and isolate the Salford Star they can pretend all is well is Salford.
Whatever, the point is that by not allowing himself to be accountable to the media, Mr Stewart is either acting like some sort of despot after a coup – or a chicken stuck in a coup…
Until Mr Stewart decides to face up the Salford Star, he will forever be crowned the chicken. So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, prepare your rotten eggs for the winner of the inaugural Salford Star Mary Burns Award for Chicken of the Year…
Salford City Mayor… I-a-a-an St-e-e-ew-a-a-art!!!
If Ian Stewart, or his `communication supremo' would like to make a thank you speech please fill in the Comments box below...
See Other Salford Star Mary Burns Award Winners...
Unfortunate Website of the Year: Visit Salford – click here
Salford Folly of the Year: Greengate Square – click here
Fiddling While Rome Burns: Salford Council – click here
The George Bush `Read My Lips' Award: Ian Stewart – click here
Readers Award for Disdain for Salford Working People: Creative Tourist - click here