Category Archives: Manchester

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 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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1,800 preventable deaths per year

The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities has just reported its findings.  Extrapolated, they indicate 1,839 excess deaths per year of intellectually disabled people aged 4 and up, in England and Wales.   Here are my workings:  … Continue reading

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The first day of spring?

A beautiful day, almost like Spring.  I hitched a lift to Tatton and cycled back – first ‘rural ride’ of the year (now there”s an idea – re-doing Cobbett by bike).  From there via Rostherne to Dunham and from there … Continue reading

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Mending clothes

On the way to Making Another World Real:  Latin America Today on 26 Jan, as I got on the tram money fell out of my trousers, one of 2 pairs of very nice green corduroys bought in Valencia back in … Continue reading

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Steady State Manchester delivers

Since the early summer I’ve been working on something rather challenging, a report on what a Steady State Economy would look like in Manchester and its region.  We’ve known since 1972 that there are finite limits to growth.  The scenarios, … Continue reading

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