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<b>Monday 26 January:</b> Police paid too much, council paid too much, Ulrika Jonsson is too much and Sir Alex controls so much

Published on January 26th 2009.

CHIEF CONSTABLE Peter Fahy, the top police office in Greater Manchester, has called for curbs on the bonuses granted to the highest ranking officers in the force. The national Chief Officers’ Bonus Scheme has resulted in Greater Manchester officers receiving bonuses of more than £53,000. Fahy has stated he would prefer if the bonus scheme were replaced with a basic pay package as with other chief executives in the public sector.

THE TAXPAYERS’ ALLIANCE, in a report called Council Spending Uncovered, has learnt that more than 1,700 town hall officials in Greater Manchester now earn £50,000 or more a year – in line with a national increase in Council remuneration. Manchester has the most people getting more than £50k with 383, Rochdale, the least, with 59. The average wage in the region is £27,297. Many of those included in the figures are principals in high schools.

TERRY CHRISTIAN, the greatest living Mancunian – or something like that – came second in Celebrity Big Brother, losing out to famous for being famous Ulrika Jonsson. Christian said: "I love the show. There's no point in doing it unless you're going to go for it and make a fool of yourself." Job done then, by all the guests of Big Brother this time around.

THE TIMES has decided that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is the most influential man in British sport. He headed the list above the London 2012 Olympics' chairman Lord Sebastian Coe. The reason: ‘He has been shaping our sporting lives for decades.’

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