Friday, 15 March 2013
The Perks of the Job (part 93) Owning the newspaper.
This week sees him on the front page of The Tameside Reporter attacking the new "bedroom tax" in an open letter to the Prime Minister. As a social housing provider it is to be expected that he has a view on housing issues. What we find hard to stomach is the (apparent) new concern for the vulnerable tenant.
He laments that "People who need medical equipment" and "homes that have adaptions for the disabled" are affected. He finally rounds on the Government by claiming "...the impact of these changes hits the poor, weak and the VULNERABLE...."(our emphasis) .
Now,Mr Munro, let's see your concern for the weak etc extended to Roy West's partner and stop the eviction of her because of his actions.
I am disappointed that the journalist who wrote the article did not raise this issue, but then again she was talking to her boss. That's another of Mr Munro's bow-strings. He is a director of Piccolo Communications Ltd, publishers of the Tameside Reporter.
Given the close links between Tameside Labour Party and the New Charter Organisation we are concerned about the impartiality of the local press.