ETHICAL HYPOCRISY AWARD
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