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

Opposing what? Proposing what? And. Who. Is. Going. TO. BELL. THE. BLOODY. CAT?? #Manchester #Climate

Two developments in Manchester over the last week have me hurling an unsolicited and unwelcome grenade from afar (well, three – a very kind message from a Mcr stalwart). Don’t read on if you are of a nervous disposition. As … Continue reading

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Manchester Council won’t even say “no, we’re not looking again at that ‘independent’ panel that cut Lib Dem funding” Alternative title – “‘Fiona Ledden?’ Nobody here by that name…”

Orwell would chuckle. So would Kafka, I think. We really are in the Penal Colony, aren’t we? Yesterday, Manchester City Council gave responses (and some replies) to a Freedom of Information Act request about an “Independent Remuneration Panel” they had … Continue reading

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Manchester Labour versus democracy – “independent” panel admits talked to Lib Dem, but says has no minutes of meeting

In May, Manchester Labour has cut the money available to councillors in the opposition, making the necessary work of scrutiny that much harder. See Manchester Evening News story here) Now, a Freedom of Information Act request has forced the Council … Continue reading

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Manchester Labour’s latest assault on democracy

Manchester Labour Party has again attacked democracy. The latest assault came at Full Council, as they hid behind an “independent” (1) panel that suggested it cut funding for the opposition members. The reporting on this, by both Manchester Evening News … Continue reading

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Grifters and lifters – or “yes, we’re doomed: what do you propose We. Do. Differently?”

Spending too much (i.e. any) time on Twitter. Am getting exceptionally and excitingly bored of natural scientists telling us how doomed we all because of how evil oil companies are, or how unaware the mass of the public are without … Continue reading

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Manchester City Council versus beauty, clean air, clean minds and, well, everything

They are killing us with pollution. They are killing us by allowing the car to run rampant. They are flogging our pavements and our eyeballs and our attention. They spout nonsense about clean and green and how they are “carbon … Continue reading

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Greens now have TWO councillors in #Manchester – what next? What ELSE needs doing?

First up – congratulations to the new Green Party councillor in Woodhouse Park, Astrid Johnson. You can read more about her and the election result on the Greens website. Second up – congratulations to the team around her. The sheer … Continue reading

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Twelve years ago in Punxatawney, Lancashire…

I am almost Gone From Manchester (more abt that soon). Doing a clear out, stumbled on this interview from the magazine of “Environmental Network for Manchester.” EN4M was funded by Manchester City Council, back when they still had money. It’s … Continue reading

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Manchester’s Mutual Masturbation Morass on #climate

Manchester City Council is refusing to admit that a recent “independent” review of its climate activities was a joke.   In February an “independent” (more on that later) report was released giving the council a clean bill of health about its … Continue reading

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Just Stop Oil – anthropologically fascinating but politically terrifying

There’s a song by David Rovics with a lyric that has haunted me “What do you say to someone. Who’s just lost everything. Eventually things might be OK” It’s from a song called Tsunami, about the 2004 catastrophe in Aceh.   … Continue reading

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