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SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2009
 

MARY BURNS AWARDS
DAY 24

HYPOCRITE OF THE YEAR AWARD

The very final Mary Burns Award is presented in recognition that those who hold public office are role models for the younger generation.

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The HYPOCRITE OF THE YEAR AWARD…goes to…

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HAZEL BLEARS MP

Last week, former Cabinet members Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon tried to stick their blunt knives into Prime Minister Gordon Brown's back, calling for a ballot on his Labour Party leadership in the run up to the General Election. In the aftermath, Salford MP Hazel Blears was quoted as saying…

"It is not the time for this at all. We need to be concentrating on winning the election and talking to people on the doorstep…we should be talking about Salford and what can be done for the people of the city."

Could this be the same Hazel Blears who resigned from the Cabinet on the eve of the European elections and went public wearing her `Rocking The Boat' brooch, just to plunge the knife in a bit deeper?

Could this be the same Hazel Blears who got an absolute rollocking on the subject from members of the Labour Party at her re-selection meeting last year?

Just in case anyone thinks this is just the Salford Star nit picking, let's hear some of those voices from the Labour Party re-selection meeting…

All names have been changed to protect the innocent…

Labour Party Member 1: "The damage has been done, and brought the Party into disrepute and almost would have brought down this Labour Government - because if Gordon Brown would have gone then there would have been no way to avoid, in my opinion, a General Election. And a General Election at this time would have been disastrous… I can't walk on the Precinct without getting hammered day in, day out - `How can you justify this? How can you justify that?' …I've never felt it so bad in my life…"

Labour Party Member 2: "I was appalled at the attack on Gordon Brown in The Observer. Then we saw Hazel resigning at the worst possible moment, then we saw the brooch - I thought it was a plot…"

Labour Party Member 3: "I fail to accept that Hazel, as a very astute political person, did not know the affect her action has had – we've got a siege mentality and are putting our fingers in our ears to the reality of the concerns of the people out there – the reality is that we're behind UKIP in the polls and Gordon Brown was very nearly toppled as a result of Hazel's actions."

Labour Party Member 4: "A few months ago we said `Let's get behind the Cabinet and Gordon Brown and sell the Labour Party'. I don't like being told one night that we're going to do this, and then two months later we get self interest – one thing you need from any politician is trust and them being honourable.  If you lose that you've lost everything."

Labour Party Member 5: "I've been involved in politics a long, long time and to me politics is about principles not about personalities. I was getting the bus near Salford Crescent and saw the biggest crowd of journalists I've ever seen, and when I got home and turned the tv on I was surprised and shocked as to what had happened to Hazel. It turned to anger when I realised that this resignation had come the very day before the European elections. The plan was that the Pendlebury and Irwell Riverside elections should take place on the same day as the European elections, thank god it didn't. The resignation was by somebody who'd been a former chair of the Labour Party and must have realised the effect of that resignation. It was also the badge - `rocking the boat' – a direct attack on the Prime Minister… "

And there's more…lots more…

Ladies and Gentlemen. Please show your appreciation for the winner of the final Mary Burns Award 2009….HYPOCRITE OF THE YEAR…

HAZEL BLEARS MP

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If Hazel would like to make a speech please fill in the Comments box below…

 

 


 

Annoymous wrote
at 19:54:49 on 01 February 2010
I would just like to say, that i think the salford star is a brilliant way to communicate with the community of salford. But at times, I see the star just as a complains service, all that comes out of it recently is complaints. Claiming people arent happy with the council.etc.... I think if the star was to work with the council on building a better council because obviously everyone in salford hates the council. Sitting there complaining 24 hours a day about how something is run and how things work is not a way to get change. I am a firm believer in people having their own voice and opinion in how services are run, but if you have something to say, say it to the right people. You have a problem in how the council is run go to the top and make a formal complaint, get into the head meetings and tell the people that run it. I think the star has made fantastic progress in getting comminity involvement, but at the same time has done awful when it comes to making change. Creating a barrier with the people that can change things is not the way I would go about getting change. annoymous salford resident
 
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