Salford Star closure – how Salford council tried to block and discredit the Star

The Salford Star has shut down. This article is a warning to others who may follow, on the pitfalls of founding a genuine publication that aims to give the community a voice and hold public bodies up to account. They will try to discredit you, block information and shut you down.

Here the Salford Star editor, Stephen Kingston, looks at how democracy perished badly under the Salford mayoral system.

Manchester’s New Ruins, Ten Years On

Ten years after publishing A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, author Owen Hatherley reflects on the past decade of neoliberal development in Manchester and its impact on the city. Last weekend, a few items down on the headlines, below the pandemic and the protests and curfews in the US, was a story […]

Salford’s Islington Mill gets huge lottery heritage grant

Islington Mill gets £746,000 grant to safeguard future. Mill director says award will enable the building to “host creativity for the next 200 years”. Guest article from the Salford Star. The Grade II listed acclaimed arts hub, Islington Mill, has been awarded a huge £746,000 National Lottery Heritage grant to safeguard its future. The funding […]

Salford Council wins ‘we might be bulldozing Swinton but we’re not telling you’ award

Salford City Council triumphs again, at the Salford Star’s 13th annual Mary Burns Awards. Guest article from the Salford Star. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 13th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and […]

Disabled people’s fury at Conservative party conference

“You are responsible for mass suffering and mass deaths and we will not let you forget it”. Said a speaker at the Disabled People Against Cuts protest outside the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, with each speaker telling personal stories of suffering and neglect by the system. Also protesting this  on an array of issues […]