TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘elected mayor’

  PATCHY ROLL OUT. This week saw some significant developments in the roll out of devolution in Greater Manchester at least. It was always going to take a lot to fill the shoes of Sir Howard Bernstein, the retired Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, so it is no surprise that we now have two [read more…]


    CITY REGION NEEDS DIRECTLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.   Andy Burnham is right. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has been top down rather than bottom up. This dry sounding document is set to make serious inroads into the greenbelt in the county for housing development. One needs to take into account the rampant opportunism [read more…]


  THE EXIT FEE. Extreme Brexiteers may rail against the figures, but the fact is we are going to pay a heavy price if we exit the European Union. That is the most important message from the Autumn Statement Some of us hope public opinion will change and we can yet halt this madness. But [read more…]


  MAY TRIUMPHANT. They were selling T shirts with the slogan “the lady’s not for turning” in Birmingham this week. For the first time in a quarter of a century the Conservative conference was able to acclaim a determined woman leader. Margaret Thatcher made her defiant declaration in the middle of her monetarist revolution that [read more…]


  DOG’S BREAKFAST. One senses that whoever wins the Labour leadership contest, they will never become Prime Minister and hold real power. So we must look elsewhere for Labour politicians who will affect our lives in the coming years. The position of elected mayor for the city regions of Liverpool and Greater Manchester seem a [read more…]