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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
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May free to negotiate deal

Dancing Queen in charge As I forecast last week, The Prime Minister had a good conference. While the hard line Brexiteers raged at the fringe meetings, the mainstream of the party held things together in the hall. Mrs May’s speech…
chris
4th October 2018
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May will survive conference intact

Standing Tall After the Salzburg ambush, the Prime Minister addressed the nation with two Union Jacks behind her. The absence of the EU flag was significant. Her message, that she was not going to be bullied by Brussels, will be…
chris
26th September 2018
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Too Few

Labour’s conference is starting this weekend in Liverpool, just across the water from the Wirral where the party is in turmoil and the Birkenhead MP Frank Field has resigned the whip. We will see if party managers can deliver a…
chris
20th September 2018
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Cautious Approach on North Devolution

The days of John Prescott thumping the table and demanding power for the North are long gone according to the people now in charge of devolution. Instead of the Hull bruiser, we have the softly spoken Nick Forbes, the leader…
chris
13th September 2018
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Frank Field and the pathetic centre

Left the field With Brexit extremists undermining their Prime Minister and Labour proving they are unelectable, it seems hardly credible that the forthcoming Liberal Democrat conference is almost irrelevant. At a time when moderate politicians ought to be offering a…
chris
4th September 2018