A vote was taken to ratify the salaries recommended by the Independent Panel – Labour councillors, with their huge majority, unanimous in support of the pay rates, the tiny Conservative opposition unanimous in their opposition.
After a break, Mayor Ian Stewart, who had left the chamber during the debate, returned with a beaming smile on his face. The first item on the agenda was the Mayor’s Statement. Ian Stewart stood up, er,… “There is no statement”…
Next it was Mayor’s Question Time… On the Burgess Farm planning fiasco? “I’m looking into this” (click here for more)… On the £130,000 fraud? “I’m waiting for a full report”… On the ASDA Burial Ground? “We’ll be keeping a close eye on this”… On the lack of any information since December on Council spending over £500? “I’m not equipped with the answer to that question”… And so it went on. The Mayor said absolutely nothing of any value to anyone.
And nobody – not Tories or Labour – asked the obvious question – `Will Ian Stewart actually be taking all of the £69,000 salary that had been ratified earlier? Or will he be taking a reduced rate?”
Judging by his performance in the Salford Council chamber this morning, `light’, `worth’ and `not’
comes to mind.
I really think to be honest Mr Stewart is full of wind.