Mayor’s Green Summit? What kind of masochist do you think I am? #Manchester

There’s a great Tom Lehrer song called The Masochism Tango.

It comes to mind when I think about going to any event “organised” by the so-very-talented people at Manchester Climate Change “Agency” (see here for a 2016 catastrophe, and here for a 2017 one.)

So I’ve signed up “to be considered” for a place at the upcoming Mayor’s Green Vommit. Sorry, Summit It has the slightly North Korean tagline “INSPIRATION. DIALOGUE. RESOLUTION.”

Doubtless there will be a frank admission of how little has been done, and a coherent plan for how things will be different in the future. I mean, they’d never just keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome, because that would be insane…

I suspect I may not be one of the very very lucky punters. Such a shame.   (Readers with particularly long memories may recall that the editors of Manchester Climate Monthly (me and Arwa Aburawa) were actually BANNED from attending the last (disastrous) ‘Stakeholder Conference’, back in 2013. The next chair of the Steering Group then unilaterally (i.e., no consultation) ended the conferences, which were supposed to be day long opportunities for stakeholders to share experiences, not progress etc. Instead there is now an entirely useless annual 90 minute exercise in futility and despair held at the Town Hall or the Royal Exchange. Here’s a great account of the 2016 one, by our star reporter, Scott Templeton.)


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