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

COP27 and the fantasies of salvation, colliding with reality. What does it mean for #Manchester?

Yeah, there’s a couple of Freedom of Information Act request answers that reveal Manchester City Council to be (checks notes) … as incompetent and dishonest on climate change as it has been for the last 30 years. But given that … Continue reading

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The messages we send – of soup actions, Twitter inactions and Boom and Bust

First off, you should read this fine blog post by my former colleague and still-friend Calum McFarlane on the Climate Emergency Manchester website (yes, I submitted the FOIA). Right, this. Do we in the bubble, with our private and public … Continue reading

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Climate emergency? What climate emergency – #Manchester Executive Member for the Environment STILL doing nothing. Why are they IN the job?

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, on over £30k a year, is STILL not trying to rally Manchester to cope with climate change. This despite a basic admission that the “carbon budget” launched with great fanfare and self-congratulation … Continue reading

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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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