Letter MEN 8th June 2021 ROD Slater’s excellent letter (Viewpoints, M.E.N. 7 June) makes the compelling point that this government (like others before it, of all stripes) is not considering “the dangers inherent in an unfair society.” I’ve recently been rummaging around in the archives of the Working Class Movement Library, and can confirm the... Continue Reading →
Letter in #Manchester Evening News abt Labour’s contempt for democratic norms
ONLY one member of the public attended Annual Council today. That's probably good, because outrageous contempt for democratic norms and conventions was on full horrible display. New councillors (there are 10) usually get their first choice of which of the six scrutiny committees to sit on. Scrutiny is vital to try to stop the Executive... Continue Reading →
Letter in MEN: You like authoritarianism, go live in North Korea
So one way that anyone to the left of Genghis Khan is baited, when they suggest even the mildest of social democratic reforms is "you like communism so much, go live in Russia". In this letter I thought it might be fun to riff on this. TURNING a blind eye - refusing to look for... Continue Reading →
Letter: Council cowardice on scrutiny endangers us all
Submitted- I have good news and bad news for "Observer, M40", the author of a long letter about Manchester council's inaction on fly-tipping (Viewpoints, 3 April). The good news is that he and she can get together with other citizens who are concerned (or exasperated) about the Council's inaction on rubbish, on air quality (see... Continue Reading →
A tenner says zero affordable housing in central #Manchester in the next 5 yrs (letter).
These things, they write themselves, more or leese. Letter in today's MEN (28 Jan 2021).
Letter: “Brass Neck of the Year” contender #Manchester
Ten days into January and we already have a clear favourite for the Manchester City Council “Brass Neck of the Year” award. Coun Angeliki Stogia (‘We won’t be intimidated by vandals,’ M.E.N., 10 January) is quoted as saying “we want feedback from as many people as possible.” In a letter last week I pointed out... Continue Reading →
Letter to MEN: Levenshulme, Great Ancoats St, this Council’s incompetence and scrutiny…
Published Friday 8th January 2021 I wish your article about the latest cock-up by Manchester City Council (Chaos as giant ‘window boxes’ installed to ease traffic, MEN, 7 January) came as a surprise. Having placed a bunch of ‘window boxes’ on the road, it suddenly occurred to the well-paid geniuses in the Council’s Highways and... Continue Reading →