On the day that the normally, & criminally, underused Mersey plays host to an array of ships, it seems churlish to return to the clowns supposedly running this year of culture. Jason Harborow, who left the Liverpool Culture Company with a handsome pay-off, courtesy of the taxpayer, has run into a spot of bother with his former employers over his new business venture (http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/07/16/culture-company-threatens-to-sue-former-chief-executive-64575-21348591/ ).
Far be it for this blog to side with the Culture Company, but it is breathtaking chutzpah for Harborow to claim any of the kudos for those aspects of 2008 which do go to plan.
It's said that one of the signs of a stable & successful business is continuity. What are we to make, then, of the departure of the Culture Company's head of communications, Paul Newman? (http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/07/16/culture-company-s-media-manager-to-leave-during-liverpool-s-flagship-year-64375-21348586/ )
According to the Post's report, "Staff were told of Mr Newman's departure in an email from director Kris Donaldson.....
" 'Paul has done a fantastic job over the last three years driving our comms [communications] efforts and it will be very sad to see him go.' "
As the Liverpool Subculture blog has pointed out in the past, such a rosy & affectionate view will not be shared amongst most 08 staff. It's also common knowledge that, ever since his days as a BBC hack in Manchester, Newman has had what could be termed a "hands-on" approach to female colleagues; the women working at Culture Company HQ in Whitechapel won't be wishing him a fond farewell.