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The Parking Charge Aftermath: Kathy ‘The Red’ Crotty Delivers!

Gordo discovers that Pat Karney isn’t all bad, and that we all have Kathy Crotty to thank for the parking proposals being dropped.

Written by . Published on February 19th 2007.


The Parking Charge Aftermath: Kathy ‘The Red’ Crotty Delivers!

Well, the parking charges for evenings and Sundays have been dropped. Gordo rather thought that the 3000 signatures from the MEN, 3,500 from the Chinese Business Association and the 4,700 delivered by ManchesterConfidential.com’s readers did the trick. But no, apparently it was all down to The Labour Party. (Wasn’t it them causing the trouble in the first place Gordo? - Ed).

Gordo finds himself sifting through the nasty brown envelopes in his mailbox. He still believes that if he doesn’t open them they will go away. In the middle of this little mound of misery shines a gaily coloured leaflet. “City Centre Labour Rose”, edited by Pat “The Spin” Karney. Pat appears to have fallen in love with the good looking red head Kathy Crotty. Gordo has a thing about redheads, so he decides to have a good read.

Now Gordo met the very nice Pat this week at the planning meeting for West’s new development down in the Gay Village. Pat was supposed to have met Gordo for lunch in The Midland earlier for a few prawn sandwiches and a pot of green tea, but he forgot. Gordo had his Chairman with him. “Well Gordo, you certainly seem to have him on the run” says H, looking at his watch for the umpteenth time. The phone goes eventually, with Pat apologising and offering a cuppa in the Library at The Town Hall after the vote.

The vote goes West’s way, which was the right way to Gordo’s mind; they just may get the area back up onto its feet again. They are one of the two best developers in the city, we are lucky to have them.

Pat meets us at the end and we go to the Library with his pal who doesn’t do much talking, but smiles a lot and laughs at Gordo’s jokes. This is what Gordo likes in a politician. Pat is a laugh, Gordo decides he likes him.

One weird thing about that library. A bit bloody spooky in fact. No Books. Not one. Not even a newspaper. Remember that science fiction series on the telly, V, Gordo seems to remember it was called, where no one saw those nice new visitors eating? Was it too late when they found out that they were aliens who could only eat live stuff and were lining up Earth as one big farm full of humans to eat? Hmm.

So, back to the leaflet:

Cllr. Pat Karney said “This (Labour dropping the parking charges) is Kathy’s victory for residents and workers. She will be a breath of fresh air in the Town Hall! Even my friend Marc Ramsbottom (Lib Dem) is amazed at what she has achieved!” (Gordo, shouldn’t this article be called “Pat Stiffs Marc?  - Ed )

Councillor Pat “The Spin” Karney then goes on to get a quote from the Sheriff of Manchester, Cllr. (Labour!) Neil Swannick. “I am particularly grateful for the hard work put in by Kathy ‘The Red’ Crotty, keeping me informed about residents’ views. Without Kathy’s involvement there might have been a very different outcome.”

Gordo finds all this a bit strange. He rather thought that Sheriff Swannick’s attention was gained when 4,700 of ManchesterConfidential.com’s readers sent emails to his inbox over at the town hall. It was a blizzard, all against the charges. Some wag even suggested that ninety three councillors begged him to throw the proposal in the bin. Gordo had found out that Councillors have their own street to park on, that had no meters and they were in danger of losing that little perk due to Gordo’s close attentions.

All became clear in The Sheriff’s last sentence.

“I look forward to working with Kathy as the new Labour Councillor for the City Centre”.

Ah. So that’s what it’s all about then eh Pat, me old son? You want Kathy ‘The Red’ Crotty to oust Marc ‘Toby’ Ramsbottom (Lib Dem) at the next election! You naughty little spin-meister, you.

By the way, next time you want a banging pizza, call 0161 682 4219. Kathy Crotty Delivers! The best pizzas in the gaff. ;-)

Gordo.

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