9.30pm Update: Gazette Embroiled in Freebie Scandal

The news that Papa John Szymanski is kissing arse at the town hall tomorrow night is everywhere now and is definately true. Four people have confirmed it.

As broken by the Monkey earlier, Leader of the Council Iain Malcolm the Mayor is holding an all expenses paid reception for the Gazette in the Town Hall on Friday evening with all the local Labour party councillors. Papa John has also been informed that the chairman of the South Shields Labour Party Alan Donnelly, may also make an appearance. Just keep Ernie Gibson away from the bar!

Those who’ve came into contact with Papa John over the years will tell you he has been desperate to worm his way in to the in crowd and would have done almost anything including compromising his journalistic integrity for a few free lunches and tickets to some of the borough’s exclusive functions. This is the moment he has been waiting for.

Mr Monkey can’t help wondering whether Papa John suffers from a personality disorder, or worse still, has a chip on his shoulder for not being accepted by the establishment. Either way Papa John’s low self esteem and the need to feel loved by Iain Malcolm probably explains the gradual demise of the Gazette as the premier source of news in South Tyneside.

Mr Monkey reckons that at the current rate of decline in the paper’s circulation, the Gazette’s days are numbered and he predicts that within 12 months Mr Monkey’s Blog and Curly’s Corner Shop will become the peoples choice when it comes to local news.

Whatever way you look at it, it’s clear Papa John will be at the front of the queue when it comes to licking arse paying homage to to Iain and his cronies; at the publics’ expense of course.

Mr Monkey can’t wait to see who turns up and wonders whether the Gazette will report this blatant misuse of ratepayers money which is clearly being used to buy the Gazette’s Papa John’s loyalty.

If only Mr Monkey had realised how cheaply Papa John could be bought, he would have laid on some sausage rolls and a few chicken drumsticks months ago.


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