Just Jim

Political Stalemate

After years of political turbulence, the local election results seem to tell us that deadlock has been reached in the nation’s politics. The Conservatives are seen as the party of Brexit and are gaining support in Leave areas, particularly in…
callum
10th May 2018
Just Jim

Osborne: I was right about Brexit impact

Brexit I first met George Osborne on Knutsford Heath 20 years ago when he had just been selected as the Tory candidate for Tatton. Who was this unknown who was tasked with restoring Tory fortunes in this constituency after the…
callum
3rd May 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

The PM is a goner

Any political commentator with an ounce of sense will be reluctant to give a categoric assurance as to how the local election results are going to pan out today (Thursday). Trump, Brexit, and a Corbyn surge at the General Election…
callum
3rd May 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

It’s only a game – or is it?

Accrington Stanley, who are they? Well, the well-established East Lancashire football club have just won promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history. Indeed, the Red Rose county is enjoying a mini-renaissance in…
callum
26th April 2018
Just Jim

Mixed messages likely in North election

THE POLITICS. What will people make of the last year in politics when they cast their votes in local council elections across the North next Thursday? Labour are already in a very strong position as you’d expect having been out…
callum
26th April 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

When will the madness end?

Another week, and another seven days worth of shambolic leadership from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Hardly a day goes by nowadays without the major political parties being engulfed with one crisis or another. On the…
callum
19th April 2018
Just Jim

Elected mayors: First year report

Last May the city regions of Manchester and Liverpool underwent the biggest change in local government since the Metro counties were abolished over thirty years ago. Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram were elected to give a voice to these conurbations…
callum
19th April 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

The Business Club with Influence

Downtown in Business has become one of the most influential business organisations in the North of England and the West Midands in recent years. Our work supporting devolution deals, the establishment of elected mayors, and our strategic partnerships with a…
callum
12th April 2018
Just Jim

Irritating agonising

Two areas of current debate are irritating me. One is what to do about Syria, the other what to do about representing the centre ground in British politics. The issues are totally different, but they have this in common; futile,…
callum
10th April 2018