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CO-OP WINS ETHICAL HYPOCRISY AWARD FROM SALFORD STAR
 

Star date: 29th December 2016

THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2016:

CO-OPERATIVE GROUP SCOOPS ETHICAL HYPOCRISY GONG

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tenth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

This is the saddest citation of this ceremony, as the once proud, ethical Co-op, gets the award for Ethical Hypocrisy, with the company and its capitalist partners brutally evicting homeless people from its properties. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands over your eyes and shed a tear for the end of the `Caring, Sharing Co-op...'

Full Award details here...


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ETHICAL HYPOCRISY AWARD

Goes to...

THE CO-OPERATIVE GROUP

There were two favourites for this Award. In close contention was the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which holds all the pension monies for public sector employees, and is accountable to the ten local councils.

As the councils harped on about homelessness, and Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, was out actually counting rough sleepers, possession orders were served on homeless people who had squatted the old Pizza Express building, off King Street, owned by the Fund. The Fund kicked them out the week before Christmas. Nice... 

However, our winner first came to notorious notice back in August, when a group of young homeless people occupied the empty Ducie Bridge pub near Victoria Station, owned by the Co-op. Shortly after, they got a possession order from NOMA (GP) Ltd, a company joint owned by the Co-op and Britel, which manages the BT Pension Fund.

....After a few court appearances, the homeless were evicted in September, which ended with Chris Blaine, from Salford, protesting about the issue on the roof of the Ducie Bridge and demanding to see Manc Council Leader, Richard Leese. Chris was subsequently handed two months in Strangeways for his efforts. Nice...

Meanwhile, to avoid the streets, the group of now-even-more-homeless took refuge on a piece of grass opposite the pub, where they erected tents for shelter. This time, in broad daylight, the Co-op/NOMA sent in a team of bailiffs and private security bouncers to violently kick the young people off the land. Nice...

...Especially as the Co-op had recently done a bit of retro re-branding, going back to its turquoise colour and banging slogans on its publicity that read... "On the outside we're every bit a regular bank. But on the inside we are proud of our passion – for values, for ethics, for the community...for real people with real lives..."

It was all very sad because the Co-op's hundreds of thousands of members, staff and customers largely retain these ethics. However, the Co-op had got into bed with its joint venture capitalists who may not give a shit for its bruised brand and are now, obviously, running the show – with Hazel Blears for company (see here).

The Co-op hypocrisy was complete when its well-meaning staff actually had a sleep-out for the homeless this Christmas. Nice...

So, ladies and gentlemen please rattle your divvies, eat the Co-op Christmas advert which gushes "food that gives back to local causes", and rev up your Rochdale Pioneers for the winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Ethical Hypocrisy Award....

The Co-operative Group!!!


If anyone from the Co-op would like to make an acceptance speech please use the comments box below


Winners of the 2016 Salford Star Mary Burns Awards

* Nice Work If You Can Get It Award – Hazel Blears – click here

* Green Fingers Award - Salford City Council - click here

* George Bush Read My Lips Award – Hazel Blears, Phil Mayall and Councillor Derek Antrobus - click here

* Services To Salford Heritage Destruction - Fred Done - click here

* Pimp My Poverty Award - Salford City Council - click here

* Feed The Rich Award - Peel Holdings - click here

* International Award - Manchester City Council - click here

* `How The Fuck Did You Manage To Ignore Almost 3 Million People?' Award - Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) - click here

*Services To Social Housing - Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett – click here

*Affordable Housing Hypocrisy Revolving Door Award – Councillor Paul Longshaw – click here

* Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government – Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett – click here

* Gary Neville Finger In Pies Award - Salford City Council - click here

debbie jackson wrote
at 20:32:10 on 30 December 2016
Steve have you visited a squat where these young people are? I guess not or you would know they are clean, tidy caring folk and do not smash anything up. Maybe you should try being compassionate instead of being judgmental. Go visit this particular group and see how they actually live instead of how the Daily fail tells you they live
 
John B. wrote
at 09:44:12 on 30 December 2016
The Co-op also put themselves in the running for an hypocrisy award last year when it carried out a purge on bank accounts supporting the Palestinian cause. Many of these accounts were merely seeking to help ordinary people lead something of a normal life in the face of Israel's illegal occupation. Despite all its protestations to the contrary, the Co-op singularly failed to conduct due diligence with respect to these accounts. See, for instance, https://saveourbank.coop/open-letter-Nov-2015.
 
steve wrote
at 08:43:39 on 30 December 2016
Another load of old cobblers banging on about how scum should be allowed to break in and live in buildings other folk own and have paid for. Usually causing major vandalism and destruction of property, spray painting, tagging, holes knocked in walls, toilets smashed, windows broken etc . Generally going hand in hand with a rise in petty crime, shoplifting, solicitation and drug use around the area these scum who refuse to work or pay rent like everybody else squat. The end result was that a legal company, used above board, legal means to legally remove these people, oh, and the only time force is used by 'bouncers' which I think you will find were actually 'Bailiffs' but hey 'bouncers' sound better now doesn't it? is when the people the were legaly removing, get physical themselves. But hey, this rubbish sells, doesn't it?
 
Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 19:25:09 on 29 December 2016
Another well deserved award, given by "The Salford Star" to a very "Deserving Company". However I think the GMP deserve a little of this award. The GMP refused to take any action against the Co-op employed thugs who beat, punched, kicked and dragged homeless people off a grassy verge. I personally reported this incident to the GMP and told them that there was video evidence of this posted on The Salford Star Website. Did they take any action against the Co-op? No they did not!!! So obviously it's okay for a wealthy organisation to beat up homeless people for no reason, but not okay for the working people to inflict harm on others. In my opinion, and in conclusion, I believe this award for "hypocrisy" should be awarded jointly to the Co-op and its bed buddies, "The GMP". Kindest Regards, Tahir Chakotai, Independent Housing Advocate)
 
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