In a corruption scandal to equal FIFA, police swooped on five high ranking officials of Manchester’s Market Planning Committee (MPC). The raids followed leaked documents detailing how bribes helped keep the Christmas markets German for the last eight years.
Knowsley Queef QC explained: “Any country is invited to tender for the markets but year after year that honour is bestowed upon Germany. Suspicion has been growing regarding the MPC and with the help of leaked documents we now have a clear picture of how this occurred.”
But it isn’t just the MPC under the spotlight, police are keen to talk to Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key player in Germany’s tender for the markets. “We believe Frau Merkel plays a large part in the corruption case,” said the head of Manchester’s fraud squad, Hilary Goochsweat. “We will be hoping she will assist in answering some questions.”
Merkel flew into Manchester four times over the last eight years to plead the case for Germany’s hosting rights. Documents suggested Merkel held what she referred to as Auntie Angela’s Euro Party where MPC employees were lavishly entertained in the penthouse suite of the Beetham Tower.
“…firing bundles of fifty Euro notes at our arses…”
An anonymous MPC insider said: “We’d be very drunk in our underwear and chased by Merkel who was armed with a t-shirt cannon firing bundles of 50 Euro notes at our arses whilst she screamed: ‘Give us the markets’.”
Were there any repercussions if votes looked to be edging toward another country?
“My co-worker Hank Fingersniff lobbied for Kazakhstan and he was getting a lot of votes,” our insider told us. “Days later he was found hanged from his own testicles on the top level of Shudehill car cark.” In 2013 Police declared accidental death blaming the growing rise of outdoor sex games; our insider believes otherwise.
So just how far does Merkel’s reach stretch? The leaked documents tell that she paid for redesigning of the town hall Father Christmas in exchange for votes. She also financed the disastrous Manchester based detective show Kochslammer about an alcoholic, right wing German policeman and his Mancunian, cross dressing Jewish partner. Merkel was, however, unsuccessful in attempting to get the motorway speed limit eradicated.
The question now is the future of the markets? Goochsweat had this to say: “After all that has come to light over the last week I find it very difficult to believe Manchester’s markets will ever be German again.”
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