Category Archives: Manchester

The General Election in Greater Manchester: what do the results mean?

What happened in Greater Manchester on June 8th? Here is a map showing the swings in Greater Manchester’s parliamentary seats. Red figures indicate a Labour victory while Blue figures indicate a Conservative was elected. Positive figures mean a swing from … Continue reading

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Policy as contestation

Every year the University of Manchester puts on a week of lectures, symposia and other events concerned with the relationship between research and policy: “Policy Week”. Generally there is plenty to interest. I was lucky enough to be asked to … Continue reading

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DevoManc, DevoMancHealth and the perils of techno-fixes.

Now syndicated on the Socialist Health Association blog         This week’s big news in Manchester is that the devolution of direct responsibility for significant areas public spending to the city-region will now be augmented by the devolution … Continue reading

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I’ve been otherwise engaged.

Some recent posts elsewhere. First the initiative I began among community psychologists on the assault on the people of Gaza: Statement of support and solidarity with the people of Gaza 19 July, 2014   The next 5 together form a … Continue reading

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Local elections: May, 2014

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Where will the money come from? Endogenous economic development for the viable economy.

This is my new piece on the Steady State Manchester site. It is an important question not just for ecological economics but also for the struggle against neoliberalism. http://steadystatemanchester.net/2014/05/12/where-will-the-money-come-from-endogenous-economic-development-for-the-viable-economy/

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The disappointing Left

Today I received an election address from the No to EU party, a left trade union inspired initiative that aims to be an alternative to the neoliberal consensus that is now weaker in Labour, but sadly still there. Here is … Continue reading

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Fracking near home

Sunday and I joined the rally against iGas’s exploratory drilling for shale gas and coal bed methane at Barton Moss near Eccles, just across the Ship Canal from here. It was a good turnout – my estimate is around 400 … Continue reading

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We must articulate and publicise viable alternatives.

In the last few days I’ve been moved to write two responses to public statements that each in their way exemplify the bankruptcy of dominant understandings of the challenges facing our society and economy. The first was from Richard Leese, … Continue reading

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Manchester’s NHS walk-in centres

Monitor, the NHS regulator is conducting a review of the closure of NHS walk-in centres in Manchester.  Please respond via walkincentresreview@monitor.gov.uk I’ve just done so with this response. I write as a former community health and social care manager (NHS … Continue reading

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