Category Archives: Letters to the MEN

Letter in MEN (truncated) Council and #climate leadership

We got none of that. The Council simply did more of the same drivel. It’s just thrown 50 thousand more pounds at consultants to do work its own bureaucrats had promised to do years previously.In September, the latest carbon emissions figures … 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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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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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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Letter: Asphalt bumble by Council, as usual

POTHOLES are a serious problem for drivers and even more so for cyclists. The letter by Observer (Viewpoints, 15 April) points to a promise-delivery gap on this. In late March the annual survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance revealed that … Continue reading

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Letter: Greater #Manchester Spatial Framework and meaningless buzzwords around #climate

NAMES of official documents can tell you a lot – especially about what their authors want you to believe.  Your local democracy reporter Niall Griffiths tells us (“Council support masterplan for region’s housing”, M.E.N. 7 April) that the rebranded Greater Manchester Spatial Framework … Continue reading

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Letter: Police Bill strengthens state against weakened society

Margaret Brown (Viewpoints, 6 April) seems somewhat confused in her letter. She seems to think that protestors are calling for “a restriction of police powers”.  This is simply not the case. What they are actually calling for is the abandonment … Continue reading

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Letter: Protest matters

The letter (“Lost support” Viewpoints 29 March) left me bewildered. The correspondent, who declined to give their name, starts by criticising “the actions of protestors in Bristol.” He or she neglects to point out that many people in Bristol say that … Continue reading

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Letter: City’s emissions need to be scrutinised

On the same day you published an open letter from 16 different organisations calling for Manchester City Council to take the strongest possible course when re-arranging its scrutiny arrangements so that climate action gets examined and accelerated (Viewpoints, M.E.N. 16 March), … Continue reading

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Letter: Council creating conditions for accidents, will blame cyclists

Your article on Great Ancoats St (“£9m spent… but is new ‘boulevard’ worth the hassle’, M.E.N., 10 March) was fascinating. Two additional points are worth making. Firstly, in July 2019 the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee called on the Executive to … Continue reading

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