Tories rush to raise taxes

Jim criticises the government for rushing through its social care proposals whilst acknowledging that Labour has no alternative.He also forecasts a change of priorities for the next leader of Manchester City Council.

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So, this is global Britain!

Jim examines what the government’s vision for “Global Britain” means in the light of humiliation in Afghanistan whilst at home the shortage of EU lorry drivers is affecting supermarket supplies and car production. He also comments on an important trade union election.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRES

The American people are more interested in repairing the infrastructure in Kansas than Kabul. That’s the conclusion Jim draws from this week’s dramatic events in Afghanistan as he traces the rise and fall of the American empire.

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Back to office crisis mounts

We need to get back to the office and meet face to face. That’s Jim’s view in his latest blog as the debate over home working hots up. Jim also pays tribute to the late Lord Smith of Wigan. He had a low profile but was one of the great figures in North West local government over the last 40 years.

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Green agenda needs determination not dither

Doubts are swirling around HS2 coming to the North and promises on Northern Powerhouse Rail. Jim wonders if the Prime Minister is the right man to deliver on these projects or the wider green agenda where tough choices are needed.

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Labour market turmoil

Jim looks at the turbulent employment market. Some firms are looking at laying off staff at the end of furlough, whereas others are begging chefs and lorry drivers to come and work for them.

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Chop this tall popinjay!

Has levelling up the North been abandoned? Is the government spooked by voters in Amersham? Jim looks at the prospects for real money and power being devolved to our cities, towns and countryside.

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FOOTBALL WON’T BE COMIN’ HOME.

Jim was at our World Cup victory in 1966 and draws on his experience of that year to comment on the ugly scenes outside Wembley on Sunday and their potential consequences. He also has strong views about the idea that we should all allow our lawns to run wild!

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HEZZA: CLERK OF WORKS.

Jim reports on Lord Heseltine’s fascinating take on his time in Liverpool and his strong views on current events.From Brexit and the dangers of inflation to devolution and World Heritage Status for the city. Jim also hopes that England can win the Euros with no disputes about soft penalties or whether the ball has crossed the line.

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NISSAN GREAT, BUT WHERE’S THE REST?

Jim praises the Nissan investment which is a huge boost for the North, but he took part in a Downtown seminar this week where there was a strong sense of unease about the Northern Powerhouse in general.He also comments on the Prime Minister’s handling of the Hancock Affair.

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The Summer of our Discontent

Now is the summer of our discontent” claims Jim in his latest blog. He analyses the growing areas of division as the pandemic just won’t go away. From the continued restrictions and taking the jab to home working and the right to zoom, tthe nation is becoming increasingly divided.

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