Dissent breaks out at climate change ‘stakeholder conference’

Article published: Tuesday, March 27th 2012

Dissent reigned at the end of the ‘annual’ Stakeholder Conference for Manchester’s Climate Change Action Plan held on 16 March.

“Why are we here again?” The riots eight months on

Article published: Monday, March 19th 2012

Upon his return from holiday last August, David Cameron denounced the riots as “criminality pure and simple”. Arguably little else has emerged from his government in response.

Reclaim International Women’s Day

Article published: Thursday, March 8th 2012

Founded in 1909 by America’s Socialist Party and launched internationally in 1911 to promote equal rights for women, in particular the vote, International Women’s Day (IWD) gained a new lease of life through the rise of women’s liberation in the early 1970s. But has it now become sanitised, and lost its political edge?

Fairtrade but not fair conditions

Article published: Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

Marks and Spencer are keen to flaunt their fair trade credentials. But is it fair that the company who supply their cakes is undermining new employment laws designed to protect agency workers?

Greater Manchester climate change plans: Business as usual

Article published: Friday, October 21st 2011

Greater Manchester’s local authorities are affirming official schemes to reduce carbon emissions. But so far their plans appear more aspirational than actual, and driven by the interests of business rather than preparing the city for a sustainable future.

Forget the press releases: Manchester is no place for the Tory Party

Article published: Wednesday, September 28th 2011

From Sunday through to Wednesday the Tories will return to the Petersfield conference complex in its centre. There will also be protests, since for the entire history of its maturity as a city Manchester has been for everything the Tories oppose, and opposed to everything the Tories are for.

Leeching off the NHS

Article published: Tuesday, September 13th 2011

Withington Liberal Democrat MP John Leech’s decision to vote in favour of the government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill last week must have raised eyebrows among his constituents, considering his equally controversial history of healthcare campaigns.