Lefty MP Frank Dobson once remarked: “The good thing about global warming is that Hazel Blears will be the first to go when the water rises
By Nicholas Foulkes
Last updated at 12:35 AM on 30th September 2009
Peter Mandelson this week reached out to an important bloc of voters in a bravura conference performance. I mean, of course, that hitherto-untapped reservoir of electoral strength; Britain’s community of wristwatch enthusiasts.
Through the wonders of high-resolution digital photography, watch lovers were able to see that, as he walked to the conference, Mandelson was wearing a Patek Philippe watch - and not just any old Patek Philippe but - to give it its full name - a Reference 5146 annual calendar in yellow gold with a dark slate grey dial.
How thrilling to see at last a British politician who is unafraid to brandish a watch that takes more than a year to build and which is powered by the legendary
US gross domestic product (GDP), a key measure of a country’s economic strength, grew by 3.5 per cent between July and September — at the top end of economists’ forecasts.
America joins Japan, China, Germany and France as the world’s leading economies that have emerged from recession.
Seems strange from a Party that are so keen on the environment and such a strong wish for us to use public transport. When they pay £1.2 Million per year for Essential care usage?
Thats new Labour working for the benifit of the ?
Back in 1999, I went to ‘The University of Salford’ and had the misfortune of living in Castle Irwell, the Student village. What a dump.
Leaky roofing, dodgy stairs, cracks in the wall, tiny beds, filthy kitchens, Jobsworth staff (a small, fat fella and a tall skinny bloke, who just screams out as being a raging homo who loves wearing gimp masks). All of this from University accomodation, and for the princley some of £40! This place is surrounded by 10foot high security fencing, to keep the locals out. However, they bypass this by threatening the papier-mache security guards to let them in.
To top it all off, it’s set on the edge of Lower Broughton, a place so rough that after 10pm, the cops won’t go there. If an ambulance is called on, TWO armed response units go: one to stay with the ambulance; one to go with the Paramedics and look at the ‘victim’. Every night, bang on eight o’clock (you could set your watch by it, I kid you not) two police vans would go screaming past the compound gates, over the nearby bridge and off towards Cheetham.
One night, there was a hell of a racket outside, with the cops racing around the streets chasing this car. I later found out that a group of scroats(chavs) had inadverantly stolen an unmarked cop car. On realising this, they decided to pinch a real cop car, to stage their own car chase. Apparently, the locals were pissing themselves listening, on their radio scanners, to these lads abusing each other over the Police comms system.
A final word of advice: don’t go in any of the local pubs. I made this mistake on my first night in digs. Ventured in a delightful place called the ‘Prince of Wales’. Full of scroats, eyes instantly trained to kill the moment I walked in the door. Persevering, I waited at the lounge bar for a drink. The barman came through and told me, ever so politely, that I’d have to move through to the Vault, as he ‘wasn’t gonnna walk back and forth all fookin night servin me’. Suffice to say, I made a swift exit.
The only saving grace for this shithole is the fantastic Donner Kebabs from Broughton Balti. £2 and full of meat of unknown origin, a nice hot chilli sauce and virtually no salad. And they do excellent curries too.
I felt this film offered a basic insight in to the failures of Salford Council in it’s quest for Regeneration. Or in many areas Social cleansing. I found the film disturbing in it’s content. Perhaps Mrs Blears or the Langworthy Cllrs of the time would like to comment.I lived in the area for over 25 years. It was a thriving community, there was very little that any one could wish for and then the down turn. It’s hard for me to pinpoint failure but to those in control of the council at the time i feel the residents should have no qualms in pointing the finger, it saddens me even more to see the fact the residents who lived there all those years could not offered to return. Today i read of more plans for the city.Of course if you live near the quays or chapel Street i feel your future is secure,For the rest who knows?
On the VALLEY today talking to residents, meetings with officers of the Council this morning over case work issues, and meetings over the charges at our local community centers.and picking up our wreaths for remembrance day.Mole Junior as two meetings one over the path finder projects, looking forward to hear how he as gone on.