From Our Glorious Leader’s blog
Last week Manchester Airport Group announced that DHL had signed up as the first tenant in Airport City, the first of what I expect to be many such announcements. The key to this of course is international trade. The Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) has identified internationalisation, increased trade with other countries, and increased investment from them, as a key priority. The evidence that underpins the GMS shows that companies that trade internationally are in general more productive and more profitable than those that don’t, and that GM is underperforming in this area. We can’t increase international trade for Manchester unless we promote the city internationally and build relationships with other places. We can’t do that everywhere so we have to focus and one of the places we are focussing on is China. That’s why last week the Lord Mayor was in our friendship city Wuhan, and Deputy Leader Bernard Priest was in Beijing.
It’s actually quite rare for elected members to be involved in visits like these but sometimes it’s appropriate. A few weeks ago I spent a day and a half in Beijing (and going to China for a night is hardly a junket) for the launch of the Manchester-China Forum and the announcement that Beijing Construction and Engineering Group were to be a joint venture partner in the development of Airport City. Couldn’t we have just issued a press release? Well we could but that would have done nothing to help build the so important relationships necessary to make deals like this work. It’s also extremely unlikely that a press release would have generated the 433 UK and 462 China pieces of coverage that actually came out of the launch and announcement with an advertising equivalent value of £8.5m and an audience of 4.7billion people.
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Me, I’ve left a comment. Feel free yourselves – on his site preferably.
Where in the world can you find a rhetoric-reality gap to beat all contenders, when it comes to climate change? In Manchester, that’s where. We have a wonderful Climate Change Action Plan, written by stakeholders (the process for that inspired by/borrowed from a certain Call to Real Action). There were supposed to be one thousand endorsers. In the end it got 220ish. There were supposed to be a thousand implementation plans. There were two. And the council’s one so hopeless that they had to play fast and loose with the truth to claim a 7% reduction last year, when in fact their own emissions went UP. Meanwhile, the obsession with China grows. In thirty years time, our children will look back in horror and disbelief at the abrogation of leadership.
Really really staggering.
See also the Steady State Manchester viewpoint on OGL’s blog post.