THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2013
Category: Twit on Twitter
Winner: Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart
What a year it's been for Salford Mayor Ian Stewart as he picks up his third Mary of this overlong online ceremony, this time for services to social networking.
Over the last twelve months, the Mayor has been prolifically tweeting all sorts of propaganda - while blocking access to his account for anyone who disagrees with him.
Indeed, the Salford Star has been inundated this year with complaints from residents, students and anti-fracking campaigners who have been blocked from following or socially interacting with the Mayor on Twitter.
Back in October things got a little out of hand with media students at the University of Salford as a Twitter battle ensued over their reporting of the Salford Quays Cranes trashing…
Using hash tags #amateurhour, and #playingatjournalism Stewart lashed out at the students, "most biased report I have ever seen. No balance, no input from co…" and subsequently blocked anyone who tried to join in…
"Just been blocked for voicing my opinion, freedom of speech anyone? #Censorship at its finest"… one Salford student tweeted.
"I am blocking you cos you use foul language" tweeted Stewart – but when asked to specify the `foul language' he didn't respond. Other students told the Salford Star that they had been blocked too, adding that they couldn't believe the Mayor's behaviour (see previous Salford Star article – click here).
Meanwhile, this month another Salford resident e-mailed the Star to say that he had been blocked without actually tweeting anything!
"After reading your report about the Mayor's Twitter account I decided I'd follow him, after all the account is Salford City Mayor and as a Salfordian and voter in Salford I should be able to follow my own Mayor's account" he told us.
"Anyway, I logged on today and noticed he was not in my following list, so looked for him and found he had blocked me; all I did was follow him…No messages, no comments, just `Follow'" he added "I suspect he may have noticed I've have taken a few shots at him on the Star, Facebook plus my own website... So to block me just because I don't agree with his actions is pathetic. I also notice some of my Facebook friends are following him, and one is a mad rugby fan, surprise, surprise!"
While the Salford Star doesn't follow the Mayor on Twitter (hmmmm), one of our readers - ace poet Words Escape Me – does, and was shocked when he tweeted a link to a Star article offering helpful ideas on how to save the Council money during these budget slashing times…
The Mayor tweeted: "it will be the usual mix of political extremism, economic illiteracy, impossibilist demands, hysteria and nastiness'"
Words Escape Me responded: "it's just a list of things to save money...no nastiness that I'm aware of. £3million sponsorship of the Philharmonic?? #wow"
The Mayor tweeted: "What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant' JFK `The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents..."
This lovely response, branding the Star `hysterical' and `evil', even made the Mayor the epicentre of derision on the Private Eye Rotten Boroughs page (see here and see here)…
It's all rather incredible, considering Stewart's speech on the night he was elected as Mayor…
"There will be changing methods of communication" he said, with no irony.
"We as politicians are not very good at communicating with the public" he added, with no irony.
"We need to get better at that" he concluded, with no irony.
Oh please! Social networking is about interacting with people – not blocking everyone who disagrees with you.
Ladies and gentlemen, today Labour Councillor Bernard Pennington won the awfully imperialist British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours for `services to local government and the community' - ie sitting there for a million years and not rocking the boat on the various `scrutiny committees' he attends. But we're sure that our Mayor will be more content with this lovely rusty dustbin Salford Star Mary Burns Award that he can tweet around his fawning followers.
So ladies and gentlemen, wave your smart phones, crash your computers and tickle your texts for the winner of the Twit on Twitter Award…
Salford City Mayor… I-a-a-a-n St-e-e-e-w-a-a-a-rt!!!
If Ian would like to make an acceptance speech please use the comments box below – or he can, er, tweet his appreciation...
Winners of the Salford Star Mary Burns Awards 2013
The Gimme That Crown Award – Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart - click here
The Exit Stage Left Award – Barbara Spicer – 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 Mayor Ian Stewart - click here
The Ashley Jensen Award for Exposing Political Extremism – Assistant Mayor Gena Merrett – click here
The Eccellense In Speling Award - Greater Manchester Police Protestor Removal Team – click here
Interest Free Loans, But Not For Us, Award – click here
Trashing Salford Again You Scuzzy Fat Cat Loving, Poor People Hating, Northern Wrecking, Back Pocket Lining Arseholes Award – ConDem Government – click here