TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

Category: Party Politics

  CHANGING TIMES. The General Election result indicated a turning of a corner in the sentiment of the nation, the reaction to the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire, confirmed it. The tide of anti-State, anti EU feeling is on the ebb. People are beginning to realise that a lot of “red tape” is there to protect [read more…]


  TONY SPEAKS FOR THE CITY. Not for the first time a Tony speaks for Manchester. Ten years ago, it was the late Tony Wilson who could express the character of this kind, gritty city. On Tuesday it was poet Tony Walsh. His composition “This Is The Place” read out to a huge crowd in [read more…]


  THE BUDGET AND BUSINESS RATES. The coverage of the row over the hike in business rates has shown once again that the media generally sees things from a London and south of England perspective. There are rumours that the Chancellor is going to take steps to soften the blow of this overdue review of [read more…]


  LABOUR COPING. With the NHS at breaking point, our prisons in meltdown and the government’s plan to solve the housing crisis widely criticised, the Tories don’t deserve any success in next week’s by elections. The fact that the seats of Copeland and Stoke Central are in play is due to the literally incredible Labour [read more…]


  Any hope that the New Year would bring signs that we are not heading over the Brexit cliff were quickly dashed with the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers. The UK envoy to the European Union became exasperated that the May government had no plan, was guilty of muddled thinking and that the British team [read more…]



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