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Making a difference #1 – Ruth Turner

Downtown in Business is fortunate to have a stable of inspirational speakers who regularly rock up at our events to inspire and inform our members. A recent addition to our ‘portfolio of presenters’ is Ruth Turner, who joined us for an…
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
BlogsTotally Frank

Time for a new party?

If anyone thought that there was an opportunity for a fresh start for the Prime Minister and the government in 2018, then that thinking was quickly extinguished with a cabinet re-shuffle that was as shambolic and chaotic as the Conservative…
callum
11th January 2018
Just Jim

Thin pickings for North in reshuffle

It’s a good job Justine Greening threw her toys out of the pram, or the North wouldn’t have a single Cabinet Minister after the reshuffle. The refusal of the former Education Secretary to move to head up the Department for…
callum
11th January 2018