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SALFORD MAN GETS JOB AT MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 14th March 2010

A Salford Star Exclusive

MODELLING FUTURE EMPLOYMENT GARB FOR SALFORDIANS

Last Friday Lord Peter Mandelson came to MediaCityUK promising thousands of jobs for Salfordians.

BBC Cameramen? Directors? Film Makers? Here the new Salford work clothes are modelled by someone very special. Who is it?

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John Merry at Media CityUK Mandelson In Shock!!!
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LEADING THE WAY FOR SALFORD!

As the Government's Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson came to Salford Quays to see for himself the future employment prospects at the BBC and MediaCityUK, Salford Council Leader John Merry was the first to model the new work clothes Salford people will be wearing in the new jobs being created.

Sporting this ace yellow high visibility Security vest, Councillor Merry, CBE, set a fine example to the city's residents, who aspire to get jobs at the BBC and MediaCityUK…

 


  

David Henry wrote
at 1:18:50 PM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Our paths cross quite a bit over the years John but you're a busy man I know so I have never had the chance to chat to you properly in person. I used to work on the same days of your surgeries but since I'm no longer unemployed and you are one of my local Broughton councillors I may pop down and say hello tomorrow. As far as I know.. at the local elections there's the useless Lib Dems and the (what are they doing in Broughton!) Tories and yourself to choose from who seem to be non-entity paper candidates, I'd be interested to meet the real John Merry.
 
albert Spiby wrote
at 1:18:19 PM on Monday, March 15, 2010
John I applaud you for taking the time to respond. You're growing on me... a little. I think it's wrong of you to regard this site as "Hostile" though. I've seen more truth on this site than any other. Sometimes the truth hurts. I'm not suggesting for one moment that you represent only my views, that wouldn't be the Democracy that I crave now would it? One blatant example of The Council being undemocratic was the rolling out of all these Recycling Bins. It was clearly done in such a way to make it appear compulsory, which it is not. All the nonsense around the Climate Change issue, leads me to believe it is simply a means to impose a gullibilty tax. "The Government made us do it" is a cry I hear far too often from Councillors. The Council is there to represent US, if Government of any flavour try to impose things that are wrong, The Council has a DUTY to oppose The Government. Keep coming on here John, the readers would welcome regular contributions from you and other Councillors I'm sure. Well done for fighting your corner.
 
John Merry wrote
at 11:51:31 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
The fact that I am prepared to come on what is known as a hostile site and make my case ought to be a sign that I am prepared to debate these matters. I am sorry if I did not make it clear that if yow want to see me I am willing to do so. I agree I am here to serve not just you but the interests of all those who live in Salford and as you get to know me you will understand that I wont do what is easy for a good headline but what is right in the long term for the city . I believe that is why people are comeing back to the city for the first time since the thirties.
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 11:37:27 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Johm Merry ... I will always identify myself when making my opinions known, I have many opinions. I called you a moron AFTER you tried to tarnish me as a racist. "salfordian's" comment also came after. Further, on Thursday just gone, you invited me to "email you". There was no offer to "Come and talk about my views". You are trying to give the impression that I have missed an opportunity. As you get to know me, you will see that I am very forthright in my opinions. Assume nothing about me, what you see is what you get. I am not suggesting that only Salfordians can contibute, but my opinion of politicians cannot be expressed politely. I actually believe in TRUE Democracy. This Council, and indeed this Government, don't even understand what Democracy is. I attack you as leader of The Council, not as a person. I speak the truth as I see it, no holds barred. You are there to serve, NOT to decide. No doubt our paths will cross again in the run-up to the elections.
 
David Henry wrote
at 10:11:59 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Don't worry John, I seriously don't think Albert is coming from that sort of perspective. I'm pretty sure you're honesty is appreciated and noted, even if the real picture of MediaCityUK is one of false promise. There are other politicians around us who are far less open about their roots than yourself. Take it with a pinch of salt, you should be proud of where you come from and proud to be have chosen to live in this city and work for the people who share it with you. There are certainly dark horses involved with certain elements of that MediaCityUK who would rather it was located in a posh part of cosmopolitan London, and I feel the cosy-detachment from the "real Salford" is rather convenient, not to mention cheap. Well we aren't "cheap" and won't be undercut. There is already a thriving community media sector in Salford with a great deal of unleashed potential. It would be a shame is the majority of that talent was creamed off to generate off-shore, tax-exempt profits for the likes of BBC Worldwide and Granada International... As someone who once worked on the Quays at three separate call centres I think it's important to note the majority of business there are sweat-shop-style-call centres with high turnovers. Barclays, Thomson Prometric, Royal Mail Business, lots of catalogue firms to name but a few. I happened to overhear Felicity Goodie claiming 20,000 jobs would be created at Media City. But are they sustainable? Is the Quays sustainable? There are already 1000's of sq-ft of unoccupied developments in the area already, some of which have been empty since the mid 1990's. Where is all the social housing for all the people working at the BBC about to face savage job cuts, once they find themselves in the position unable to keep up their mortgage repayments in their waterside loft apartments? Where will they live?
 
John Merry wrote
at 10:10:24 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Albert take a look at "Salfordian" comments and then you might realise why I pointed out the link between the attitude that only those born in Salford should have a say in what goes on and apatheid. "moron and carpetbagger" am I? Well I suppose at least you had the guts to identify yourself although you still have not taken advantage of my offer to come and talk about your views. "Salfordian" seems to just want to hurl vile abuse in a cowardly way. Albert you can rest assured that we are supporting training for Salford people to get jobs at any level in Media City. Indeed you attended an event in which the Cameras were manned by Salford residents. Lets see who is right about the future of Media City
 
salfordian wrote
at 8:37:47 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Well if only people born in Salford were allowed to work for the council or to be councillors then I think the city wouldn,t be in the state it is in . It seems that the CARPETBAGGERS have exploited Salfordians to line their own pockets.
 
Eddie wrote
at 8:37:43 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Re- John Merrys comment below, sounds like he is auditioning for a job at The Monty Pythons Silly Comments Department… Classic!
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 8:37:23 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
John Merry ... Salfordian isn't a RACE you moron! Of course you are not a Salfordian if you weren't born in Salford, any more than you are a Cockney! The Council, of which you are the leader is selling Salford down the river. By the way, I was borne in Hulme, but spent all but the first 3 months of my life in Salford, but I don't claim the honour of being Salfordian.
 
EM 3 wrote
at 7:28:58 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Actually, the Salford Star is always positive about Salford people, their skills + talents - unlike our only other paper which seems to get many of its stories from the police + courts - showing us in a very bad light. My quick straw poll leads me to believe that not many of the builders at Media City are even from Salford or the North West. I spoke to 7 or 8 from the Czech republic. Fine if those particular skills are not present here - but why aren't they?
 
alan mcglone wrote
at 7:10:32 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
coincidentally, I've had a feeling that the only jobs at mediacity for locals will be on security if your a bloke or cleaning if your a woman. I know thre will be some jobs as kitchen assistants going too. I've heard that training local people in the skills of media so they can take advantage of the media city development is a priority for the powers that be. I know that some training and education initiatives have been organised...lets hope that local people can take advantage of them
 
Salford Star wrote
at 7:10:28 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Chill out Liz - it was just a joke that we couldn't resist. The serious article is coming in a bit... Take it you won't be looking for a job in the BBC comedy dept?
 
John Merry wrote
at 6:55:34 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
As far as I am aware living in Salford makes me a Salfordian or is Albert making the racist comment that he only wants people who are born here to be part of Salford
 
Liz MacDonald wrote
at 6:55:27 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Seriously there will only be jobs for security guards and cleaners if the MediaCity hierachy keep reading this negative crap. Are you saying that all Salfordians should get jobs as cameramen and directors and newsreaders. Keep it real Salford Star you used to be quite interesting and now you just write negative crap that pops into your heads and it usually has a dig at the Council just because they refused funding. Mediacity is great for Salford and only a idiot would sugest otherwise. Liz MacDonald
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 4:16:47 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
Typical that John Merry isn't even a Salfordian! What do you say to a Salfordian working at MediaCity? "Get me a coffee".
 
Dorothy Bagwash wrote
at 4:16:41 AM on Monday, March 15, 2010
You mean they were out shaking buckets collecting cheques from their corporate sponsors in exchange for photo ops with the rich and powerful. Funny, they never visited small businesses such as my wool shop in Weaste. These people are parasites and they are cashing in on low-paid, short-term labour in Salford Quays. For anyone who does not live within walking distance of the quays or on the metrolink route try getting the number 69 bus there from the precinct. its the only bus that goes there and links the rest of Salford with the area. The last one is at 17:45 Monday to Friday, it doesn't run on Sundays or Bank Holidays. if you don't own a car and live in Charlestown or Kersal then your not going to even get to the quays let alone get a job there.
 
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