Thursday, 24 April 2008

Gone in 60 Seconds!

Tameside Council 60 Second News
One feature which was launched on the Tameside Council website earlier this month was "60 Second News". Yes, earlier this month when the election was called. So nothing to do with the upcomming elections then? Hmmmmmm.... You can see why 60 Second News has raised a few eyebrows across many of the political parties.

On the page for 60 Second News it states:

"Each week, Sixty Second News will give you the council’s top stories in just one minute.

The bulletin has been set up in response to a demand for web-based information about the council and will be presented by council staff."

I did a Freedom of Information request from Tameside Council asking for a breakdown of 60 Second News and today I recieved a reply from the Assistant Chief Executive and director for ICT and Transformational Services, Tim Rainey.

You could all joke now on "How many people does it take at Tameside Council to produce a one minute news item". Below I have included the response from the breakdown:

Writing Script (1 hour) - Est. £16.00
Filming and production (3 hours) - Est. £150.00
Presenter time (1 hour) - Est. £16.00

So it takes a total of five man hours to produce a one minute programme and at a total cost of £182 to the local tax payer. This £182 works out at £3.03 per second.

60 Second News goes out once a week so there is 4 weeks in a month, this would work out at £728 a month or if you do it over a year which there are 52 weeks and 60 Second News costs £9464.

It was revealed by Tameside Tories earlier in November 2007 that Tameside Council spent £803,000 on "communication" in 2006 a rise of £96,000 from the previous year.

Is it worth while keeping 60 Second News? Does it serve to rub the backs of smug council staff and Labour councillors? What would you spend £9464 a year on to benefit the people of Tameside? Discuss below.

Monday, 14 January 2008

John Taylor Watch Part 9: Justice

Councillor John Taylor Dukinfield Tameside

A quick look on John Taylor's website and he has a little piece on a teenager being beaten up by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). The teenager was accused of theft and the UVF in their own little fantasy world called him guilty and beat him black and blue, stuck a sign on him and took photographs to send to the press until the police turned up.

As the article rightly points out on Taylor's website, this is vigilantism. As you can tell by my previous posts, I and others are strongly against vigilantism.

So the teenager was not allowed a trial which every person in Europe is entitled to before carrying out punishment? It is obvious from Taylor's comments on his site that his views are reflective of the Labour party which is again reflected in an interesting statement from John Taylor which is more close to home:

"Local councillors and patrollers and police who were out last night on our streets took large amounts of drink fro underage kids, starting in concord way chasing them onto Morrison's car park then onto Prospect Road for another haul. We cleared the streets."

So when Taylor says he is out with other councillors on the beat looking for vandals and under age drinkers on Concord Way; does it mean John Taylor, Brian Wild and David Sweeton acting as Dukinfield's very own UVF intimidating these youngsters?

This may not be a major issue at the next election but it will be an issue that people should be aware of. Pin down your candidates on this issue. A direct quote from one of John Taylor's letters in this weeks advertiser. Oh and I could of gone to town with all the contradictions he makes yet again. I have included it below for you all to see (Click on the image to enlarge). He goes on about having one rule for one and others ignoring those laws... Hmmmmm....

Anyway this does not surprise me. Vigilantism is the done thing by nazi thugs. Perhaps Taylor is to become a fascist and join the nazi party?