Never mind tax cuts… what about reform?

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Why is the Tory leadership race dominated by an arms race on tax cuts? Jim argues that the candidates should be talking about reform of our collapsing public services. He also celebrates the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot.

The Third Way on Covid

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Ryan Wain from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change discusses how the way beyond Covid isn’t a binary choice between lockdowns and ‘freedom day’, there is infact a third way.

Level with us… Don’t Lie

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This week Jim calls for more plain speaking from the government and looks at the grim prospects facing our pubs and restaurants.

A Long Way Back

The government is unable to give business a clear back to work strategy because of the lack of testing, Jim claims in his latest blog. He also takes a close look at the North West Labour MPs in Keir Starmer’s new team.

Pharmacy donates hand sanitiser to all Trust staff

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A Preston-based family owned and run pharmacy chain has donated a shipment of 10,000 mini bottles of hand sanitiser to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity for distribution across its Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital sites.

The state we’re in

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Fed up with Brexit? So is Frank McKenna, so this week he focusses on some of the issues he believes our political leaders should be dealing with in his latest Downtown blog.