Manchester City Council


Not a reference to the upcoming Pride Weekend ( though there is a connection ), nor a homily on one of the seven deadly sins. Pride is perhaps the easiest of the Council's values to understand and explain.

The earliest formulation talked about pride in our city and the contribution we make to its success. Actually in print it said City rather than city but I don't want to blur the issue. If you want to work for Manchester City Council you have to be proud of the city of Manchester. You need to proud of the work you do for the city. You need to be proud of the neighbourhoods that make up the city. This isn't looking at the city with blinkers on or being in anyway unrealistic about the challenges we face. Genuine pride recognises those challenges and wants us to do everything we can to meet them. Talking of meeting challenges,a few years ago the Council held around a dozen meetings open to all Council staff to talk about our service transformation programme, how we were going to change the way we delivered services to provide a better, more cost effective service to Manchester residents. I spoke at nine of them, each with an audience of several hundred Council workers. At each one I asked everybody to put their hand up that felt pride in the city. Fortunately the vast majority did. Unfortunately not everyone did. I followed by telling the meetings that if you haven't got pride in Manchester, you shouldn't be working for the city council. It's as simple as that.

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There are 5 responses to “Pride”

  1. messy city Says:

    It is hard to have pride in the City when it is being left as such a mess. There has to be better allocation of resource to clearing up rubbish in the streets. It is bad and getting worse all the time.

  2. Dave Bishop Says:

    As it happens I am proud to be an adopted Mancunian - I 've lived here for 40 years this year - and wouldn't particularly want to live anywhere else. But if someone demanded that I publicly declare my pride in a meeting of my peers - well, being by nature a 'rebellious', non-conformist sort of person, and a 'healthy sceptic', I think that I would have been very tempted to keep my hand down!
    If I had been a council employee and done that, Sir Richard, would I have earned a 'black mark' against my name?

  3. Camille Says:

    Pride isn't binary, something you feel or don't. It fluctuates and varies depending on the circumstances.
    For example, last August when the City Centre was being trashed and set alight I did not feel much pride in Manchester or some of its residents. But the next day when an army of volunteers got together to help with the clean-up it was a different story.
    We all feel different emotions towards Manchester on different days, depending on our personal circumstances.

    So it's a bit dismissive to say that you shouldn't be working for the council if you're not bursting with Pride towards the city and all of its residents.

  4. mancborn&bred Says:

    As a council employee and a true brit I'm not so keen on such open shows of ones feelings, after all we're not American. Sir Richard don't they say pride comes before a fall. Lets just get on with the job in hand and show our pride through our actions.

  5. W.J. Says:

    I fail to see how anyone could be proud of working for Manchester City Council at the moment.

    Manchester City Council have extended parking restrictions throughout the city without erecting new signs to notify drivers of the changes. They give out parking tickets and then use scare tactics to frighten people into paying the fines.

    Is this CON-TRICK something that you're proud of, Mr. Leese.



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