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Star date: 8th December 2009

WHAT PANORAMA MISSED ON HAZEL BLEARS...

Anyone who saw Panorama on BBC1 last night will have seen Hazel Blears refuse to answer any questions on her expenses...

The programme provided a good balanced view on the Salford MP but only hinted as to why Salfordians are so angry with Hazel. It's about the knackered `regeneration'...it's about Hazel virtually ignoring Salford while she was a Minister and now scurrying round looking for support...and it's about the full expenses claims...over £9000 for food?

Can You Forgive Your MP? Read this exclusive Salford Star story from October for the full details...

And see/place comments on last night's programme here


claremont wrote
at 08:03:31 on 13 December 2009
The programme was biased and put Salford in a bad light - as is usual. Didn't viewers notice the dimmed down tone of the shooting so that everything looked grey and colourless - the camera man instructed to give a gloomy mood to fit in with the opening gambit of Salford's bottom of the league deprivation status. The dingy community halls and litter of bins/overgrown back entries photographed to do Salford down and more importantly its community. When will Salfordians start to rebel against this image of the Classic slum some 70 years out of date and get to grips with the real issues,talk the city up not down - and sideline the transient personalities in favour of our community - stop complying with London and regional media and take hold of the issues. Salford will make its decision at the general election as is the democratic right. Meanwhile Panorama ( through the tv licence) does us down, distorts the truth through its images and dialogue and in so doing reduces our house prices, inward investment and our image across the country. This film maker made the serial errors of the media - to stereotype without ethics or consideration of those of us who live here. This twerp who made the programme should be ashamed and so should Panorama. This was not about Hazel Blears this was about Salford as Hell on Earth. We know better and so should the Salford Star.

Rick Caveney wrote
at 19:29:50 on 08 December 2009
The impression that I got from Hazel was that she's a bit simple. She knew lots of her constituents would be watching the program last night but still refused to answer what I considered to be perfectly acceptable questions. But then again she always was addicted to her pager. Maybe it wasn't her humming but the sound of the pager going off. However the analysis of the Glasgow north by election was depressing with the Independents scoring so low in the vote and Labour scoring so highly. I know they had a new candidate standing but it still worries me that the people of Salford would vote for a shitty stick as long as it was the Labour party that they were voting for and I believe that's what Hazel is counting on too. Or am I just being defeatist? Another point is that Norman Owen managed over 5000 votes for the Liberal Democrats at the last election (Hazel 13,000) and as an 'Anybody but Hazel' voter I do wonder if my cross would have more effect in that little box. I will most certainly be voting tactically at the next election for whoever has the greatest chance of usurping the thieving, tax dodging, tuneless twerp and hopefully there will be some decent polls to point the way beforehand. Enjoyed the program though good stuff.

Ian G wrote
at 14:03:17 on 08 December 2009
I'm not from Salford, But I still want her out- after last nightís Panaramaís showing she needs to be out of work not just out of a politicianís position. What a horrible ignorant woman. Iím afraid if she hummed at me Iíd dedicate some time to making sure everyone knew what a fake she really is. Ian Stoke-On-Trent

Steve wrote
at 12:03:20 on 08 December 2009
Good to hear the campaign is still going strong. What will be the selection process for the candidate? Are you considering the possibility of a primary style election in which voters in the constituency would get their say?

Steven North - Hazel Must Go wrote
at 09:08:43 on 08 December 2009
Totally right. We were happy with the program and even I was surprised at how petulent she appeared at times, but it would have been good if it would have focused as much on the other issues she has let Salford down over. It's not just expenses. It never was. Long before that we had the scandal of so-called "regeneration", the pledge to fight for Hope's maternity ward and too many individual tales of an MP who didn't want to listen until she was forced to fight for her career. If anyone reading this would like to get involved and help our campaign please get in touch. Unlike most other campaigns against MPs we did not begin by selecting a candidate and spending the next few moonths ferrying them about Salford. We wanted Salford people to be involved every step of the way, but now we need a candiate and we need people who can help us go out and take this campaign further. We will be holding a selection meeting for the candidate on Feb 4th and the deadline for potential people to come forward is 22nd Jan so we don't have long. If you want to help in any way email blearsmustgo@googlemail.com. And thanks again to the Star for your support.

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