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Thursday, 16 October 2008

Tameside (MBC's) Advertiser

FACT: Tameside MBC meddles with the local press. We at the Mafia have our suspicions for some time, but we have never had any conclusive proof until now, and all thanks to the Hazel Blears run Department for Communities and Local Government which produced a whitepaper earlier this year on "Guidance for local authorities on community cohesion contingency planning and tension monitoring" [Word Doc]. Scroll down to page 40 and you will see this snippet:

"Tameside holds regular meetings with local newspaper editors to gather information and stop sensationalist reporting which might otherwise start or add to rising tensions, e.g. in response to a Kick Racism out of Football campaign, an extremist political group wanted to picket a local football stadium. A local newspaper was going to print the story on its front page – an action that was likely to bring unwanted publicity to the picket and fuel rising community tensions. The intervention of the Community Cohesion Partnership prevented the story from being run and in the event no-one turned out for the picket"

Whilst we stand firmly against the BNP in Tameside, it is worrying that the council acting like a Totalitarian regime by regularly interfering with the so-called "free press" to stop so-called "sensationalist reporting". 


It also smacks of complete absurdity that the dead tree press like to criticize bloggers for our ethics when they clearly have none by accepting the councils "hospitality". A recent business event held by Tameside Council held in June talked about bloggers causing trouble for companies on the web. The solution? Buy them lunch! We can't be bought

The meeting also talked about Tameside Council creating a free WiMax network - presumably to spy or censor on us.

Go to the Firestation or the Weatherspoons across from the TMBC Offices on Wellington Road and you may just see Nigel Skinner, editor from the Tameside Reporter supping and dining with Roy Oldham. The same applies for David Porter, editor of the Tameside Advertiser.

We have been tipped off by an ex-employee of Tameside Council that Roy Oldham and his marketing cronies like to use council tax payers money to toy with the press by chosing who is the "nicest" to Roy Oldham. By law, the council do have to advertise notices in at least one local paper and Roy Oldham picks as he pleases.

But wait, there's more...

The Head of PR at Tameside Council is Darrell Beck - a former journalist for the Guardian Media Group owned Tameside Advertiser. Beck can also be regularly seen as one of Roy Oldham's entourage in and out of the council. Roy Oldham isn't thick - he is clearly following the New Labour strategy when they hired Alistair Campbell to head Number 10's spin.

But guess who has filled the shoes of Tameside's political reporting for the Advertiser from Darrell Beck? Adam Derbyshire! The journo who gets his stories from the blogs, spins them and doesn't credit the source.

You won't read about this in the local rags (although it has appeared in Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs) as they have eggs on their face and we can only guess how frustrated the press are for this leak. Will the press respond? Will they heck! Roy Oldham and Co will be allowed to continue business as usual.


UPDATE 06/11/08: We thought we may of forgot something. People new to the blog may like to read this article on Roy Oldham threatening to meet with the editor of the MEN over an article a journalist did which he didn't like. He announced this in a full council meeting.

Like father (in law), like son (in law) - Part 3

A mole at Tameside Council has exclusively revealed to Tameside Mafia that there is much speculation at the Wellington Road offices that Councillor Sean Parker-Perry has split with his wife, Fiona.

What we are told is that Sean has been doing the dirty with Claire Francis, as we previously covered. Claire and Sean can be regularly seen together alone in pubs across Hyde.

Further to what we have heard about Sean Parker-Perry's sacking, a Labour councillor told me that "James [Purnell] knows about the affair and he isn't too happy - he doesn't want too much controversy circulating around him". Francis at one point did work in Purnell's office. She now works at Manchester City Council.

Someone told the Mafia a few weeks ago that Sean Parker-Perry has put his house up for sale. We think that this is all in preparation for a rather costly split.

Whilst others are splitting up, we have Sean's father-in-law, Lord Tom "the Baron" Pendry making love. Him and his wife have parted company, but have never divorced as Moira wanted to keep the Lady title. We also have overheard that the serial shagger has been with Samantha Fox and also Mossley's Melanie Sykes when she was working as a barmaid in a local pub. We do take our hats off to you Tom, especially as we here his latest conquest is a 27 year old (!)

Monday, 6 October 2008

Sean Parker-Perry: "Meet with me to find the Truth"

Longdendale Councillor, Sean Parker-Perry has once again rushed off to his good friends in the local press this week to defend himself against the claims made by ourselves on this blog and the No Mottram Bypass blog. We didn't speak to the local press and nor did our friends over at NMB, so who did? Sean has clearly shit his pants.

No Mottram Bypass has already covered what was said in the Tameside Advertiser. The local blogosphere knows what has gone on between Councillor Parker-Perry and his boss, James Purnell and his forced "resignation". The official line was supposed to be "family commitments", but someone else had already used that excuse that week. Instead we hear the most bizarre excuse ever that Sean Parker-Perry has resigned from Purnell's office to learn sign language!

In other mad parts of Tameside, Dukinfield Councillor John Taylor has also announced he has learned sign language. Taylor being the councillor who also made false accusations (later dropped) against the now defunct local blogger, Tameside Eye. Coincidence?

In our honest and frank opinion we feel that Sean has fucked up once again over these two points.

1) The Tameside Advertiser says Sean is off to college, where as the Reporter says he is off to University. Conflicting statements are the trademark of a compulsive liar.

Out of interest, we presume Sean Parker-Perry is off to his local college at Tameside to learn British Sign Language. Both courses run in the evening, so why couldn't Sean simply go after work like most folk do?

2) In the Tameside Reporter article, Sean says: "The rumours are nonsense and if the anonymous editor of these blogs would like to meet with me to find out what the truth is I would be more than happy to do so". So Sean wishes to meet with us, and other bloggers. You have to remember that this is the same councillor who made claims to the local police that our and others' articles on him were harassment. Is this proof of his wasting police time?

Sean is more than welcome to send us an email and have his right of reply, but for now we are less inclined to meet such an obnoxious and devious little twat.