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Was print format from 2012 to 13. Now web only. All things climate and resilience in (Greater) Manchester.

Hough End playing fields, #Manchester and Olympian levels of spin

If you think the Hough End “sports village” is about South Manchester softball teams having somewhere to play, well then, I have a bridge in Sydney to sell you. This is about Manchester’s (inter)national sporting profile. Once you understand that, … Continue reading

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What next for #climate action in #Manchester – never mind the ballots? #instapunditry #unsolicitedadvice #institutionalwork

TL:DR – it comes down to citizen action. It was always going to come down to citizen action, it will always come down to citizen action. Party politics is a) the shadow cast on society by big business (Dewey) and … Continue reading

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‘Historic moment’ as Green Party win first seat on Manchester City council since 2008

Fun fact – the editor of this website was in Manchester Town Hall for the election count in May 2008 wen the Greens lost their Hulme seat by 50 votes (or may have heard gripping accounts and conflated them. A … Continue reading

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Purdah breach? “Nothing to see here” says City Solicitor. But the Tweets have mysteriously vanished.

The City Solicitor of Manchester City Council has, as predicted, said that the City Council tweeting out some [blatant and misleading] eco-tosh was NOT a breach of rules about Councils responsibilities during an election process. So far so predictable. What’s … Continue reading

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Flagrant breach of purdah by #Manchester City Council – FOIA and complaint submitted #EarthDay #Climate

tl;dr– Manchester City Council officials have been extremely careless in pumping out propaganda during what is supposed to be a “neutral” time ahead of Thursday 6th May local elections. I’ve submitted a FOIA (will get evasions and replies that don’t … Continue reading

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Letter: #Climate talk is cheap. Actions matter

Letter in today’s Manchester Evening news TALK is cheap.I read your article “‘Decisive decade’ in climate change fight,” M.E.N, 23 April) with a sense of deja vu. Almost thirty years ago Manchester City Council hosted a “Global Forum” in the … Continue reading

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Great Ancoats St, Executive powers, consultation: A FOIA

This below was sent to informationcompliance@manchester.gov.uk this morning. Watch this space. Dear Sir/Madam, I am interested (some might say “obsessed”) around council decision-making processes on the European boulevard also known as Great Ancoats St. (GAS). As you may recall, in July … Continue reading

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Letter: the Climate “Agency” farce continues

The Manchester Evening News kindly published my latest letter. FOR a year and a half Manchester City Council has been trying to appoint a director to its so-called Climate Change “Agency.” It advertised in late 2019, extensively and nationally.  It … Continue reading

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Third time lucky? Unlikely! The farce of the Manchester Climate Change “Agency” staggers on…

The Manchester Climate Change “Agency” has a useless website (check out its events page) with the address manchesterclimate.com It should, of course, be manchesterclimate.con It was set up, as a Community Interest Company in 2015, after the so-called “Manchester Climate … Continue reading

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Letter in the MEN: #Climate as a social justice issue. What is to be done?

THE article about Greta Thunberg (“I’ve always been a shy, invisible girl at the back that no one listens to,” M.EN. 16 April) was very welcome.  The teenager, who has been advised by Professor Kevin Anderson of University of Manchester, … Continue reading

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