MANCHESTER SALFORD PATHFINDER
Yes, Hazel Blears jointly wins this MARY for her fantastic website which really keeps her constituents in touch with her every move – er, well it would do if it had been updated since March 2008.
Hazel's website resembles her political career with tumbleweed blowing down its entries. Perhaps she's got a second or third net home that she's claiming for somewhere but this main site has nobody in. The last story was `Alistair Darling's First Budget' and the Photo Gallery is full of photos from almost two years ago when Hazel was still smiling.
The judges have given Hazel this MARY for completely not keeping in touch with her constituents.
Hazel shares the MARY with Manchester Salford Pathfinder, which was slated this year by the Audit Commission for not informing the community, via its website, of what it was up to.
Everyone else on the planet knew exactly what the £multi million Government housing regeneration project was up to – developers, councils, the universities, housing associations…everyone except the communities who were at the sharp end of the demolitions and clearances that have characterised Pathfinder's activities.
The Audit Commission stated that "papers are not routinely distributed to residents in the pathfinder area, nor are they available through the pathfinder website."
When the Salford Star brought this report to the attention of the public at the beginning of December, the Pathfinder website hadn't been updated since March 2008 (have they got a pact with Hazel?). However, since this mess has been made public, suddenly a whole year's worth of news items have appeared like magic. Incredible!
Ladies and Gentlemen. The joint winners of the WEBSITE OF THE YEAR are…
HAZEL BLEARS & MANCHESTER SALFORD PATHFINDER
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