Political economist Richard Murphy addresses this question in response to Boris Johnson claiming the UK “is not remotely a corrupt country” after being barraged by questions on ethical standards by journalists at the Cop26 summit, referring to the Owen Patterson lobbying scandal.
Electoral Reform Society concern over Salford council ‘one-party fiefdom’
A new missive from the Electoral Reform Society warns that ‘Local one-party fiefdoms plague local government in England – with growing powers often wielded with shrinking oversight. It is a potential gift for lobbyists and shady contractors.’
‘There are no co-ops in Moneyland’- author Oliver Bullough at the Co-op Congress in Manchester (pt.1)
The Co-operative Congress in Manchester this year saw delegates from co-ops across the UK gather to hear a key session on how to build a “fairer economy”: a topic that is close to every co-operators heart and a vital driver for people to become co-operators in the first place. Author and journalist Oliver Bullough told […]
HSBC take flak for funding massive overseas coal projects, undermining Paris Agreement on CO2
Highstreet bank HSBC’s activities funding new CO2 emitting fossil fuel projects are under attack by campaigners across Greater Manchester, who are demanding the bank make a “Big Shift” to funding renewable energy Christian Aid’s on-going climate campaign (#BigShift) is now focusing on HSBC because of their continued funding of massive new coal projects in Bangladesh, […]
Dramatic rise in tax haven companies owning property in Manchester mimics the city’s growing skyline
Property in Manchester is not only reaching for the sky: its ownership is extending across the globe. With investors keen to cash in on the lucrative high rise luxury housing boom in Manchester city centre, the number of properties owned by companies registered overseas has risen by 8.8% in just eight months. Tower blocks are […]
Why did the mainstream media ignore the UK’s biggest anti-fracking rally?
The United Against Fracking Rally (UAFR) took place in Manchester on 12th November. It was the biggest anti-fracking protest held in the UK so far. The UAFR was organised by Frack Free Lancashire, in conjunction with Frack Free Greater Manchester and Frack Free Ryedale, after the first operation to drill for shale gas for five […]
Kashmir to Manchester: journey of a refugee journalist
Exile, abductee, fugitive, asylum seeker; what comes next all depends on the outcome of the asylum hearing