A ruthless pursuit of power by the ambitious and shameless?
Unfortunately our town suffers as a result of such political self-promotion.
But what is project "Secret Santa"?
Rest assured Dear Reader, it isn't a hideous Paul Rowen Santa Toby Jug giveaway.
Yo ho NO.
Are the worthy aims of the "Shop local" campaign about to be hijacked for petty politiking?
In the run up to Christmas the Lib Dem friendly Rochdale Observer will run a feature and competition to promote local shopping for the "typical" Rochdale family.
Could it be...
The Manson Family?
The Addams Family?
The Smith Family?
No. No. No.
But there is a clue as to who this "typical" family will be.
There will be lots of happy photos and product placement.
The "typical" family will be:
Mum - Jayne (age 40s)
Dad - Greg (age 40s)
Daughter – Bianca (age 21)
Son – Sebastian (age 18)
Daughter – Georgia (age 12)
Daughter – Amber (Age 6)
Grandma (age 70s)
Granddad (age 70s)
Obviously this is a fake, made-up family?
No-one would stoop so low as to use their private family for petty public politics?
Greg (age 40s)?
Shurley not Cllr Gregory Couzens?
Could this mean lots of photos of grinning Greg in the Ob acting as Father Christmas?
Bulging sacks, full of loverly gifts for charidee?
Our Greg - just the sort of "typical family" man that should be Leader of Rochdale Council instead of that "exposed" Alan Taylor?
Is that the sinister side to Greg's shameless self promotion?
Alan, beware of "ambitious", "typical family" men bearing gifts in bulging sacks.
Rochdale Lib Dem politics is a dirty, shameless business- even when "Secret Santa" is involved.