“How do you spell condolences?” It’s the morning of the 23 May 2017. Last night a bomb went off in Manchester Arena. When I’d fallen asleep, there were conflicting rumours about what had happened. It still seemed possible that the ‘bang’ was a burst balloon or a faulty speaker. This morning I’m on the other […]
A national day of protest against benefit sanctions saw Greater Manchester Unite Community Branch (GMUCB), and other campaigning organisations, demonstrating outside job centres across Greater Manchester (GM). Benefit sanctions are applied as a punishment to benefit claimants who have broken jobcentre rules. If someone on benefits does not apply for enough jobs, or turns up […]
In the last episode of ‘The Meteor Asks Manchester…’ residents spoke about the changes they have seen Manchester go through, both good and bad. This episode explores how people might want the city to change for the better – a difficult question to answer on the spot. Residents’ aspirations for Manchester included ending homelessness, greening […]
Manchester’s Afzal Khan, former Lord Mayor of the city and current MEP for the NW of England, has received thousands of messages asking him to reject the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Khan told local campaigners last Friday he was still undecided on whether to vote for or against CETA, the controversial Canada/EU trade […]
The Factory arts centre, predicted to cost £110 million, being given the go ahead by Manchester city councillors provides a high profile expansion of Manchester’s cultural opportunities that will no doubt produce, perform and exhibit excellent work. However at a time when the region is experiencing austerity driven shortages in social care, health and housing […]
As the birthplace of the industrial revolution and a city famous for innovation, Manchester is no stranger to change. In this film The Meteor asks the people of Manchester about the changes they have seen in the city, and whether these changes have made a positive or negative impact in their homes. In previous episodes […]
As Mancunians describe their concerns about the city, one is subjected to a shocking xenophobic attack caught on video.
Manchester City Council (MCC) decided to reject a proposal for a TTIP/CETA Free Zone, despite the fact these trade deals could seriously undermine the additional powers that the region is pushing for under devolution. MCC declared they would revisit this issue if it re-emerged on the global stage, which seems pretty contradictory given that CETA […]
Greater Manchester Housing Action (GMHA) are campaigning to improve the housing situation within Greater Manchester. GMHA are appalled at the jailing of homeless activist Chris Blaine, who recently carried out a rooftop protest in an attempt to stop the eviction of homeless people squatting in the Ducie Bridge pub. They have written an open letter […]
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