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This is Woden’s Cave in Ordsall, Salford. It’s where hermits lived in the Middle Ages. Now that I am approaching middle age, I shall be retiring here tomorrow, after I have spoken to Alan Beswick on his Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Manchester at 8.45am and explained to him that my novel about electing a Mayor in Salford is finally finished and up on my website, http://www.Salford.me/

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Apparently, ALL the candidates have put forward their version of how they want Salford to look in the new Millenium. I’ve found this one by the Tory hopeful. (If more turn up on the air waves, I’ll pass them on.) Meanwhile, keep calm, don’t panic, and don’t forget to vote on Thursday. If nobody gets any votes – well, it’s all been a bit of a big fuss, for nothing.

Manifesto from the Conservative ‘Mayor’

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get more laughable, the local newspaper has decided it would be a good idea to get all the candidates for Mayor in Salford together and let them have a debate, in public, where we could all ask them questions. Simples. Well, it turns out that only 7 out of 10 are going to be there! Keep it coming, guys. This started out as a farce, but now it’s turning into a real comedy.

Candidates left out of debate

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This is unbelievable. The Green candidate for Mayor of Salford isn’t even in the booklet being forced out by Salford Council! The problem is that the Council wanted to charge each candidate £500 for the privilege, and some people – like Green people – haven’t got it. Call this democracy? Democracy, as a concept, has failed in Salford, and we will have to live with the consequences for many years to come.

Green candidate left out of Mayor booklet