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Brexit: What happens next week?

The government is censored. All warehouses in this country for frozen goods are full. Preparations are underway to turn Kent into a lorry park. People are worried they will not be able to gain access to life saving drugs. And…
chris
6th December 2018
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Then as now

Echoes from the past The Prime Minister goes to the country in a snap General Election appealing for support across party lines. The Irish border is a major issue in the campaign. Labour is led by a man whose leadership…
chris
29th November 2018
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Business pressure on MPs for deal

The pressure on MPs to stop the Westminster pantomime and act responsibly will grow and grow as the vote on the Brexit deal comes closer. It will come from business which is fed up with the uncertainty. It will also…
chris
21st November 2018
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Faith in our institutions under threat

The United Kingdom used to have a reputation for being a bit dull but reliable and honourable in the way it conducted its affairs. The Brexit process, which now sees the Cabinet falling apart, has wrecked all that. We are…
chris
15th November 2018
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Six more years of Trump?

50 years ago, Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States. He went down in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal. Until Donald Trump burst on to the scene, Nixon was generally regarded as the President who’d most debased…
chris
8th November 2018
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Burnham fuels Labour budget row

The budget has plunged Labour into a topsy turvy row over the Chancellor’s income tax cuts. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is generally seen as a Labour moderate. He says he is at a loss to understand why Shadow Chancellor…
chris
1st November 2018
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Business Festival future uncertain

Slipping through our fingers Are politicians and the business community going to back another International Festival of Business in Liverpool in 2020? There are worrying rumours that carping over costs, lack of vision and parochialism could see this event move…
chris
18th October 2018
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Best of mates

Best of mates Downtown has a reputation for putting on great events and this week we brought together Joanne Roney, the Chief Executive of Manchester Council and Eamonn Boylan the CEO of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. It was the…
chris
11th October 2018