Just Jim

If Only…

If only Jeremy Corbyn hadn’t been elected leader of the Labour Party. If only people had voted to remain. If only Donald Trump hadn’t been chosen as President of the United States. Amid the quite legitimate concerns about Corbyn’s sluggish…
callum
29th March 2018
Just Jim

Is business settling for Brexit?

THE EXIT DOOR LOOMS. For me Christmas was the turning point for those of us hoping to stop Brexit. When the European Commission pretended sufficient progress had been made to move on to the next stage, I concluded they wanted…
callum
21st March 2018
Just Jim

Tories for ever?

Corbyn and Cable falter The decade that’s nearing its end has been one of the most exciting in British politics. The demise of New Labour, followed by the first coalition government since the war, then the short-lived Tory government and…
callum
15th March 2018
Just Jim

Devolution frustrations

The city regions Whether it’s the power to direct the skills agenda that would best benefit northern business or yet another report recommending northern rail between Manchester and Leeds (HS3), there a feeling abroad that devolution is a half-hearted business…
callum
8th March 2018
Just Jim

Plastic revolution on the way

I remember when seat belts and breathalysers were regarded as a gross infringement of motorist’s freedom. Smoke filled offices and pubs are of more recent memory. Car drivers using mobile phones seem to be getting the message. In all these…
callum
1st March 2018
Just Jim

Don’t patronise us Boris

I’m sure most Remainers will be heartily irritated by the patronising tone of the Foreign Secretary this week. It was billed as an attempt to bridge the great divide in our nation over Brexit. It failed for a number of…
callum
15th February 2018
Just Jim

No Pardon for Suffragettes!

PARDONS. This week’s commemoration of thirty-year-old women getting the vote in 1918 was marred for me by the suggestion that the women who resorted to arson and criminal damage should be retrospectively pardoned. This is like Britain apologising for various…
callum
8th February 2018
Just Jim

Uni’s not what it’s cracked up to be

Downtown is always ahead of the game, so this week even before George Osborne identified educational attainment as the biggest issue in the North-South divide, a Manchester Downtown event had the benefit of an interesting debate about education. Our guest…
callum
1st February 2018
Just Jim

Truss gets the Downtown message

My 40 years of covering ministerial visits to the North have left me a bit jaded. They are billed as opportunities for ministers to get out of the Westminster bubble and hear what “real people” are saying. One of two…
callum
25th January 2018
Just Jim

Carillion boost for Corbyn

The political tide should be running strongly for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In the week when he has tightened his grip on the party’s organisation, the collapse of construction giant Carillion gives powerful weight to his arguments against privatising public…
callum
18th January 2018