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Thursday, 15 October 2009
Cruise Wars-Scouse Wedding-on-Sea. Started by Trinity "Smoking" Mirrors
Did Larry Bartlett and his crew at Trinity "Smoking" Mirror really think they would get away with starting a scouse wedding-at-sea with the real tough sailors of Southampton?
Did they think that the usual Scouse Bully Boy tactics would work?
Did they really think that, in starting a fight like schoolground bullies at the behest of the city council, to cover their cruise liner cock up, they would be representing the city.
Did they, not, think that all the same old stereotypes will be brought back to the foreground if they behave like the old Liverpudlians? Are we supposed to be a cultured city? It seems not being led by imbaciles living in the past. They at Oldham Hall Street got a leathering from local blogees http://condensedthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/09/oldham-echo-fight-arranger.html
and still they go on firing blanks, and then taking a full broadside they still go on.
Read the above link with its 74 comments, shows how Southampton cares. There aren't even 74 people reading the Daily Post. But the dangerous brainwashing of the Echo sets the tone in helping the Council out of their Cruise Liner Cock-Up by blaming a city when it was nothing to do with them. Just pay the money back, they should have said.
Now Southampton fires another salvo and Larry Bartlett plays daft on his blog. "How shall I respond" he says. Well David, shut up, and remember when you next start infantile and argumentitive Cruise Wars that you are representing me and my fellow citizens. And please tell all the other imature people who work at Trinity "Smoking" Mirror with you to do the same, Its an embarrasment to be fronted by troublemakers, who reinforce all the argumentitive scouse stereotypes. Only this time it looks like you have met your match. NOT IN MY NAME. I have left these times behind. So start behaving with a dignity that befits the representation of our city, you are not working for the council, and secondly admit your mistakes to the people who read your paper. No, not brave enough. This debacle needs tacking at managing editor level. It is a disgrace. I have sent a copy of this post to Bartlett and Lewis and both editors.
You also have to say, this, Gareth Lewis is one column short of a full article, in fact he is a immature little idiot.
Does he not know in printing the above picture that a ship does not have wheels so what would it be up on bricks for? Are these press people the same all over, tough hiding in their offices, creme puffs in real life. But it was Trinity "Smoking" Mirrors who started it and those first articles set the tone.
read the comments.
Scousers' scheme to scupper Southampton
12:06pm Monday 5th October 2009
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By Gareth Lewis »
LIVERPOOL has an unfortunate stereotype associated with it.
A damnable and unfair reputation for pinching the hubcaps and wheels off cars and leaving them propped up on bricks for the shocked owner to discover on his return.
"Like shell suited scallies in the night, they have eyed this jewel in Southampton’s crown with rank envy."
It’s not fair. It’s not right. And any of you out there chuckling at the thought should stop it at once. But, right now, today, this loathsome calumny has some small merit.
That once great city on the Mersey has designs to make off with great big chunks of Southampton’s cruise business.
Like shell-suited scallies in the night on some sink estate confronted with a rashly parked luxury motor, they have eyed this jewel in Southampton’s crown with rank envy and resolved to have it for their own.
Fair enough, you might think.
What’s the problem? A bit of fair competition never hurt anyone.
And I would agree.
But the key word there is fair.
And Liverpool City Council’s covetous bid to muscle in on Southampton’s territory is anything but.
The howls of protest from the waterfront are not at the temerity to try and take a piece of the action. No, it’s outrage at the cheek of using a £20m taxpayer handout to do it.
In contrast, Southampton has seen a whopping £41m spent on it’s cruise facilities in the past five years but not one penny of that has come from the public purse.
For that investment to be undermined by money paid by you and I and port workers in Southampton is just wrong. Simple as that.
That a billionaire tax exile is one of the principle beneficiaries of all this just adds bitter insult to considerable injury.
It all started so innocently.
Regeneration was the watchword as they appealed for public funds to build a floating cruise terminal. Not for turnaround cruises though, they assured us.
That would be against European rules on state aid and would have competition issues. As a result, no-one objected, the golden tap was turned on and a river of our hard-earned flooded Mersey docks.
Less than two years later, the scousers’ scurvy scheme is revealed. Never content with a nice little taxpayer funded cashcow on the waterfront, they always harboured dreams of luring the real money to the Mersey.
They showed their spirit with a behind the scenes bid for backing from Portsmouth, promising sycophantic support for the navy city’s own cruise dreams in return.
In short, the whole thing stinks.
In football terms the ‘pool are two tiers above lowly Saints, but when it comes to cruising Southampton is undisputed leader of the Premiership and will fight tooth and nail to avoid another relegation.
This is the recent Oldham Echo stuff. Why cause trouble?