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BARBARA SPICER WINS SALFORD EXIT AWARD
 

Star date: 4th December 2013

SPICER WINS `EXIT STAGE LEFT' SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past 12 months.

This year we have another new category, the `Exit Stage Left' Award for which there were two contenders – Martin Vickers, Salford Council's Strategic Director, and Chief Executive Barbara Spicer. But the judges decided there could be only one winner. So dry yer tears and wave yer hankies for quit queen Barbara Spicer. 

This way down the red carpet please…


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THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2013

Category: The `Exit Stage Left' Award
Winner: Salford City Council Chief Executive, Barbara Spicer

Did she quit or was she pushed? Was their a tiff with Mayor Ian Stewart or wasn't there? Do we care? Not really. But when Salford Star broke the exclusive story of Salford City Council Chief Executive Barbara Spicer `resigning' at the beginning of October (see here) it certainly shocked many, as the former bomb-proof, £208,000 a year fat cat fell on her sword (or somebody else's)…

In a glowering tribute, the Salford Star wrote…

`During her time in Salford she has overseen the MediaCityUK development that has produced few BBC jobs for Salford people and was central to the financial disasters surrounding Salford City Reds and The Willows.

`Spicer has also overseen regeneration projects that have left grass crofts peppering Central Salford where affordable housing used to be. Many residents have told the Salford Star that "the heart has been ripped out of Salford" during her tenure, a period that has also seen many regeneration areas re-branded as Manchester.

`…Barbara Spicer also failed to adequately manage safeguarding of children in the city, the Salford Star believed, as it called for her resignation in 2010, and has led the team that has made around £80million worth of cuts over the last few years…'

With that kind of reference Spicer was bound to walk into another job very soon, and, sure enough she re-appeared a few weeks ago as interim head of the Skills Funding Agency, looking after the future of our kids (see here). Nice work if you can get it, especially when you still haven't even spent your secret pay-off from Salford Council yet!

Back in October, when she quit, Babs wrote to her staff with a letter explaining her departure. As a tribute to her reign, one of her workers re-designed the missive… 

Dear Salford Council

It is just one million and four hundred thousand pounds since I applied for the Chief Executive's job at Salford and, having been unlucky enough to start working with you all very shortly afterwards, I began one of the most financially scrumptious and plum jobs in my career.

However, all things in life are expensive in one way or another and I now genuinely feel the time is right to take a redundancy payment with no notice period and hand the complete fiasco over to somebody else.

In that context there are just a few things that I wanted to say to you specifically as the mugs you are.

I am a public servant by choice and have a whacking great salary; I both support and seek the democratic mandate of locally elected politicians. Before I arrived in Salford I was acutely aware of the salary that was being offered.

I immediately faced the challenge of spending my cash, and not at the Lowry Centre either. My time here has cost you tonnes of dosh.

However, as some of you will know, when I arrived I also thought that I would get a better office than any `elected mayor' might get. How wrong I was. He gets two windows and three `assistant mayors' when all I get is a shag-pile carpet and a gold-plated pen.

I would like to think that as politicians you have spent all that money without ever having the gumption to question how many holidays I have been on, how my Ask Barbara page hasn't been updated since December 2012, and what I have actually been doing (except dying my hair).

Thank you (for the dough).
Barbara

Ladies and gentlemen, it was a tough choice between Babs and former Strategic Director Martin Vickers, who left his job with a huge pay-off and popped up at Salford Reds weeks later smirking on tv. Perhaps he'll get his own award.

But in the meantime, dry yer tears and wave yer hankies for the second winner of this year's Mary Burns Awards…

The `Exit Stage Left' Award goes to…
B-a-a-ar-b-a-ra-a-a Sp-i-i-i-c-e-r !!!

Applause…

If Babs would like to make an acceptance speech, please use the comment box below…

This year's winners…

The `Gimme That Crown' Award – Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart – click here

The Excellence In Wrecking Salford Award - Peel Holdings - click here

Bum of the Year Award - Hazel Blears - click here

The Something Stinks In Salford Award - Martin Vickers - click here

Rent-a-Crowd of the Year Award - Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart - click here

The Ashley Jensen Award for Exposing Political Extremism- Councillor Gena Merrett - click here

 

Eccellense In Speling Award – Greater Manchester Police – click here

 

Interest Free Loans, But Not For Us, Award – Salford Council – click here

Trashing Salford Again You Scuzzy Fat Cat Loving, Poor People Hating, Northern Wrecking, Back Pocket Lining Arseholes Award - click here

Twit on Twitter Award - Salford Mayor Ian Stewart - click here

* Graphic by Anya K

 
Andy wrote
at 12:35:19 PM on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Excellent article. On the question of ' Value for money ', none of these grossly overpaid snouts-in-the-trough wasters are value for money . It amazes me how these grubby and inept local councils consider it acceptable to waste taxpayers money on obscene-salaried non-jobbers . Councillors , mayors , executives , and the rest of the wasters should earn no more than the average wage . Lets see how many of these professional parasites desert public 'service' then !
 
Confused and accountable? wrote
at 8:20:45 AM on Friday, January 24, 2014
What I would like to know is if Ian Stewart thinks that Spicer was "value for money"? I know that her leaving was "on good terms" (sic) but she has had a lot of money off us. Now if she was value for money, does this mean that the new Chief Exec will not be as good as her or is willing to do the job at a cut price rate because they are so nice? If she was not value for money, then will the people who appointed her on THAT money be held to account?
 
salford onion wrote
at 2:11:52 PM on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Hilarious ! how very true this story is. Arrives at Salford as a red haired card holding member of thr labour party rock chick and leaves as a peroxide washed out blonde to go and work for the Conservative government! What a joke she is! No loss to this City.
 
Tom Curran wrote
at 11:06:14 AM on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
She hasn't re-surfaced yet, unlike the Japanese Submarine found near Hawaii after 67 years. When will she be found again and at whose expense.
 
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