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TUC Rally And The Media Omissions

50,000 on the TUC Rally but not interesting enough for some 'papers'

Written by . Published on September 30th 2013.


TUC Rally And The Media Omissions
 

YOU get the call every now and then from BBC Radio Manchester to put in an appearance.

So today (Monday 30 September) before any trace of dawn had bothered to crack in the east, I found myself in Quay House in MediaCityUK rifling through the papers looking for six topics to talk about with the straight-talking Alan Beswick.

Don't the Express, Sun, Mail and Telegraph have millions of readers in the North? Don't they have millions of readers who use the NHS everywhere?Shame on the editors for betraying the news responsibity of their newpapers.

One had to be the rally in Manchester city centre the day before.

Fifty thousand people had turned up for the Trade Union Congress organised event. They were protesting at the direction Coalition policy was taking the Holy Grail of the Welfare State, the National Health Service (NHS).

As far as I could see there were no other rallies taking place across the country with 50,000 people involved. Especially rallies concerning one of the fundamental aspects of British life. It was a topic that grabbed the attention and had to be talked about.

Remember this was a rally on the first day of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in town. It was a rally providing graphic illustration of the growing polarisation within UK politics.

On one side were the Unions and Andy Burnham, rapidly turning into the only credible Shadow Cabinet figure, saying: "David Cameron needs to be forcefully reminded that he has never been given the public's permission to put the NHS up for sale. These figures reveal the frightening scale and pace of NHS privatisation since Cameron's Health Act came in."

On the other side were the Coalition spokespeople saying: "(There is) absolutely no government policy to privatise NHS services. The NHS will stay free for everyone, but it's right that patients should get the best service - regardless of who provides it."

Choose your politics and pick your side.

To add deeper resonance to the whole proceedings, the TUC was founded (oddly enough by a Conservative printer, Samuel Nicholson) in 1868 round the corner from the conference, the NHS was founded five miles away in Trafford in 1948 and the rally walked through part of the site of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 - a mass protest key to the march of democracy in Britain. 

Enough to get your teeth into there for any journalist and columnist. Surely?

But no.

Reading through the papers on a table in the snazzy office at 6am in the morning and ingesting coffee through a drip, I found The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Sun and even The Daily Telegraph had largely ignored the rally. There was print-journalism silence aside from the odd sentence: although there was a huge amount of concern about Tess Daly's yellow dress on Strictly.

The Daily Mirror and the Manchester Evening News both covered it, the latter comprehensively and very well - thank the Lord.

But I couldn't understand how this major public protest didn't merit much mention in the other papers. So I rang the news desk at the Daily Mail and was told: "We make decisions on what goes in the paper based on what interests our readers."

Well yeah, but pure politics of course. All the papers that ignored the rally are of the Right and those that mentioned it of the Left. But let's put that aside, either way this huge procession through Manchester was news. News with a capital N. 

Don't the Express, Sun, Mail and Telegraph have millions of readers in the North? Don't they have millions of readers who use the NHS everywhere?

Shame on the editors for betraying the news responsibity of their newpapers.

A clue to the failure to feature the rally might be the lack of bother. 

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said: “This was the largest protest Greater Manchester Police have had to manage and I would like to thank those who attended for behaving in a peaceful and lawful manner.

“It was clear the intentions of the organisers and those who were involved in the march wanted to protest peacefully as is their democratic right to do so.

“It is pleasing that with a crowd of 50,000 there were only two arrests for low level offences."

The Daily Mail and the rest would have reported the rally if trouble had broken out, indeed it would have been good ammunition with which to beat a violent Left. Conversely as nothing happened the papers might have had to concede the reasonableness and orderliness of the protesters. And that wouldn't do. 

I was looking through and talking about the papers in the BBC of course.

The BBC that has moved five major departments out of London to acquire a less metropolitan accent. As a tax-funded institution this is only right.

There's no imperative for private media groups to do the same. 

But the fact those same papers, which have routinely lambasted the BBC break out across the country (not just to MediaCity) as a waste of money, failed to report on a huge rally in Manchester concerning issues of major national importance might be seen as instructive to their northern readers.

Folks, they appear to be saying, we're really not bothered about you. They're proving, unlike the BBC, they aren't really national newspapers at all - or selectively so at best.

As stated above, major news should always be reported irrespective of politics; these papers have committed journalistic treason.

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soulman1949September 30th 2013.

And those in power wonder why there are separatist movements, e.g. Scottish call for independence! It's symptomatic of the way the North (or anything outside the home counties) is regularly ignored or given token attention, at best. Manchester is a proud city with a great part in history. And it doesn't end there, it's alive and well and still making waves today. I was watching some of the protesters yesterday near the Manchester Conference Centre and, later on, near the Midland Hotel. The Tory politicians who chose to engage with the protesters showed themselves to be out of touch with the protesters. Maybe it's time for "Home Rule for Mancunia"!

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Poster BoySeptember 30th 2013.

The Tories were probably pissing themselves at the hypocrisy and irony of it all, given the privatisation of the NHS was started by Labour...

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Poster Boy, much of the NHS has always been private right from the start. GPs are private contractors to the NHS and have never been employees of it. Most NHS work is done by these private sector GPs and nobody complains about this. GPs show that private provision to the NHS can work and be popular. And then we have dentists, another group of private sector workers entrusted with NHS work without any complaints about quality.

GimboidOctober 2nd 2013.

The difficulty many people experience in finding a dentist taking on NHS patients shows how completely bollocks that idea is.

AeronSeptember 30th 2013.

Hear, hear, Jonathan. Some valid points well made. The danger, to which I think you are alluding to, is that if the media (right or left) refuses to cover peaceful protests, then activists will seek publicity by more extreme means. Journalism has a responsibility in that respect to cover major demonstrations of national significance - even if they aren't in London!

Poster BoySeptember 30th 2013.

Idealist...

Kevin PeelSeptember 30th 2013.

I was on the march with many Labour colleagues from across Greater Manchester and the country. It was bitterly disappointing but not at all surprising to see so little coverage of it after the fact. Heaven forbid the right wing press upset their friends in government!

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AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Kev I might be wrong (but I don't think so). I am sure it is you who goes to VIP concerts (Alicia Keys), Instagram's fabulous dinners and destinations and tweets celebrity friends, touts trivia, ignores then try and penalise communities in the city? There's real Labour and then... You are centre right? Certainly some of your colleagues are much more deserving of accolade than you!

AnogymousSeptember 30th 2013.

"Anon", there's only one person with such a specific and verbal online vendetta against Kevin, you might as well sign your posts with your real name!

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

You'll learn that's not so! Wait and see.

Ghostly TomSeptember 30th 2013.

I'm sure the left wing press will have more than made up for the right wing press' omission.....

AnogymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Nah, I'm sure there's a few people who aren't big fans of Kevin, but I'm confident there aren't many who are gobby enough to rant in the weirdly personal way you have.

Stephen LakeOctober 2nd 2013.

Kevin Peel is a terrible councilor . Absent from the Castlefield forum for over 18 months. Pops up only to spout vitriole when it suits him. Happy to take the massive freebie that was the Alicia Keys concert at the Cathedral. Whats more he pops up on this forum when there's a point to be scored. Still, I believe he's up for reelection in May. No doubt all that whine will be sat in the pub that night.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2013.

The new Karney...

JoanOctober 4th 2013.

Stephen. That's an unfounded attack from a narrow perspective. Castlefield Forum meet approx every 3 months, often clashing with other scheduled meetings. Often I will attend CF while Kevin attends a meeting elsewhere in the city. I don't expect you necessarily to know how much work Kevin does in nother parts of the city centre [lots in fact] , but I think it reasonable to recognise the fact that you don't know and temper your comments accordingly. BTW Kevin is not up for re-election next year. Councillors are elected for four years.

Kevin PeelOctober 4th 2013.

Thanks for defending my 'honour', Joan and Anon! I don't respond to anonymous attacks but Stephen if you want to challenge me on my record of delivery as a councillor then please feel free to do so at the ballot box in 2015. I think the record of the city centre Labour team is a good one and residents get to judge it every year at the ballot box and challenge us at our advice surgeries, online and at other forums.

Duke FameOctober 6th 2013.

Oh dear, poor you Kev, you were ignored as the irrelevant fool you and your lot are. Let's hope you get ignored at the ballot box but the manc zombies will always vote in a fool and a red rosette

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

I'm presuming the rally was coverd in The Times? It may be right leaning but at least it can be trusted upon to cover news.

Jill EbreySeptember 30th 2013.

I was on the march in Manchester yesterday and absolutely agree with this Jonathan. I tweeted about it and phoned the BBC yesterday. The only coverage on the two Sunday evening news bulletins was minimal, with virtually the only comment made by BBC reporter James Landale (old Etonian) being to repeat the slogan 'Tory scum', which was shouted by some demonstrators. There was no analysis of the political position of the demonstrators or, indeed, any vox pops with them. This was a demonstration organised by the TUC, one of the most important institutions in our country: Frances O'Grady, their General Secretary spoke at the rally. What a snub for her and all workers.This raises all sorts of questions about democracy in the UK and who's voices are being heard in the public arena. I am now awaiting a reply from the BBC. It would be good for all to phone the BBC with this complaint.Their no is: 03700 100 222

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Jill EbreySeptember 30th 2013.

This is a PS to my earlier post: I am talking about BBC national news bulletins in this post, not the regional bulletins, which did have slightly more coverage last night, and the 'demo' has been at the top of broadcasts I have seen today. Nonetheless, in terms of balanced points of view the BBC has not fulfilled its remit

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

you have to be seriously paranoid if your on the left of british politics and think the BBC is out to get you.

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

There is a difference between the metropolitan middle-class left and the old working-class left though, isn't there? One is perceived (by BBC, Channel 4 & New Labour media types etc) to be progressive, multi-cultural & fashionable - the other bigoted, too white & just so unfashionable these days?

Robert DaySeptember 30th 2013.

You let the BBC off way too lightly. The march hardly merited any mention on the radio news until 2pm - way after the news agenda for the day had been put to bed. And the BBC News website hid the story away on the "England regional news" page, rather than the headline news or the 'Politics' page. Considering that the BBC makes much of its regional presence these days, surely a camera team wouldn't have been too much to ask?

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GimboidSeptember 30th 2013.

Just to be accurate and not disagree with the thrust of your comment, the story on BBC News site was linked to from the homepage at some point, as one of the sub-stories under the main conference headline at the top of the page. I made a point of checking.

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

The Manchester Evening News seemed more interested in how many bottles of champagne were delivered to The Midland, the cost of the food there (compared to local charity kitchens) and the fact that the Tories were offered free Metrolink travel for the period of the conference - than anything else Jonathan! Surprisingly none of which were of any interest to that paper, when the Labour Party conference was in town!!! In fact, after reading Saturday's MEN, if I were a Tory I'd be tempted to ditch Manchester as a conference venue and say to hell to your £25 million local economic boost. Not that the MEN would care about that - they're just a Trinity Mirror "chain newspaper" now and a vessel of the national Labour Party. (Surely the continued use of "Manchester" and "Evening" in their title, should be a matter for investigation by the ASA too??)

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Ghostly TomSeptember 30th 2013.

the Manchester Evening News used to be a good read with locally issues covered in a measured balanced way. It seems to have lost its way recently and it's political bias is showing. More reporting the new please, I'll make my own mind up...

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

We use to have Andrew Grimes, now we have Denise Welch. Yes thanks a lot Guardian Media Group for selling our history down the river to corporate London!

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

I've lived in Manchester since the 90s and at no point has it ever been a "good read". It's a poorly-written paper, has always leaned left and contains little news of interest beyond about page 3.

Simon TurnerSeptember 30th 2013.

You can bet if one hot-head had put a brick through a window then it would have been front page news. The fact is, if a march is peaceful then it isn't particularly newsworthy. News needs sensation. 50,000 nice people walking to the park isn't a sensation.

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AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Good job a few hotheads yelled "Tory scum" then, otherwise the BBC wouldn't have mentioned the march at all?

Edward ScairfeSeptember 30th 2013.

I and my partner came up from London to join the march and were glad we were able to be part of such a great positive experience. But believe me, the coverage of the many marches we attend in London is similarly ignored by both the press and the BBC, and the police tactics of separating marchers from as many members of the passing general public highly successful from their point of view, The struggle to get peaceful protest into the news is not a regional problem but a class and social one. On the 28th of August during a demo outside Downing St against the proposed Syrian intervention led by RMT members we blocked Whitehall causing chaos, we scanned the newspapers and listened to BBC radio and tv, not a mention. Edward Scairf

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AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

'My partner and I'...tut tut

Edward ScairfeSeptember 30th 2013.

oh dear, sorry anonymous, I shall now get my coat.

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

5/10 see teacher for 100 lines.,

Duke FameOctober 6th 2013.

maybe, if you worked in the real world, you wouldn't have time to travel around protesting because you'd have something more important to do...you people.

michaelconroySeptember 30th 2013.

Don't get me started on the Mail & the Telegraph; the content & attitude of the former, in particular. Well said Jonathan. It is shameful that such a responsible, well supported & important rally should have been so studiously ignored.

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

The establishment works. It's all very sad, really.

Stuart BarstowSeptember 30th 2013.

Even Sky featured this more prominently than the BBC. The BBC are scared to death of the Tories.

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AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

They love Boris Johnson though, don't they? I wonder if you totted up the airtime given to Boris Johnson on the BBC News (national) against EVERY OTHER elected mayor + council leader in England, the figures would be frightening. And Paxman's conference interview with him (yet again) on Newsnight last night, was so creepily fawning & so cringeworthy pally.

Absinthe & TurksSeptember 30th 2013.

B.B.C. = Bullied By Conservatives

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AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

Based on what evidence?

DavidSeptember 30th 2013.

Socialists are such hypocrites.They complain about media bias but dont give a dam about the total pro monopoly of the local press in this city.That March got far more coverage in the national media than this website gave to the entire Tory conference.

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AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Maybe this website reflects the majority viewpoint of its citizens? most Mancunians are proud their city is Tory free.

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

It's astonishing how the Labour Party supporting Trinity Mirror group, have been allowed to amass so many regional newspapers. ( en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Trinity_Mirror_titles… ) Yet nobody says a word, not even the Tories. No wonder Labour "unopposedly" controls so much of the North.

Ghostly TomSeptember 30th 2013.

Manchester has many people of different political persuasions but only the Labour ones have their viewpoint represented, would be nice to have democracy in the city, we need PR rather than undemocratic first past the post....

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

What horsecock, Anon #1. As if the north wasn't thoroughly Labour before the Mirror extended its monopoly. Get a grip.

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

So Anon, you think Trinity Mirror has a "monopoly" (your word) - well that's always very disturbing then, isn't it? Incidentally, northern cities like Manchester & Liverpool haven't always been Labour you know. They had Conservative councils up until the 1970s and Manchester a Tory MP until 1987. Who knows, maybe we had a more balanced regional press back in those days? But even as recently as 2008, the Tories polled more votes in the local elections across Greater Manchester, than Labour. (So just think, if Greater Manchester had a mayoral election system, we would have voted in a Greater Manchester Tory mayor at the same time as "supposedly thoroughly pro Labour" London, first voted in Boris Johnson as its Tory mayor.) Now if we only had a "more balanced" regional press today, who knows the possibilities for future Tory success up here, eh?

SwingometerOctober 1st 2013.

What a load of old tripe Anon. More Tories in Greater Manchester than Labour? There was a pan-Greater Manchester election last year and the Labour candidate got more than half the vote in every district of Greater Manchester. Turnout was low, but significantly better than any opinion poll!

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

Now where exactly in my post did I assert that there were "more Tories in Greater Manchester than Labour", you balloon? Dispute my claim about 2008, by all means, but please don't make things up.

SwingometerOctober 1st 2013.

sorry chuckles, I misread your post. mwah

LesleySeptember 30th 2013.

Last week the National Probation Service was put up for sale after 106 years of public ownership. Protests took place outside probation offices and courts in Greater Manchester and throughout England and Wales. This was largely ignored by both local and national media.

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Protests are irrelevant. When was the last time a mass protest achieves anything in this country?

DavidSeptember 30th 2013.

The biggest hypocrite is the editor of this website in complaining about the nationsl press ignoring the TUC rally when he deliberately chooses to ignore the Tory conference and sends personal emails to people who challenge his news values.

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GimboidSeptember 30th 2013.

It's not hypocrisy - this is a lifestyle website, not a general local news site, so it's never purported to offer thorough coverage of the news. Not difficult to understand.

DavidSeptember 30th 2013.

Yes it is?He asks the question whether the national press have any northern readers,when he finds little mention of the TUC March.Well Mr SCHOFIELD does your website have any none Labour voters,since you choose to ignore the story Conference,and only bother interview Labour politicians or candidates.The man is a total hypocrite.If he wants the national press to present fair coverage,then he might try doing that himself.

DavidSeptember 30th 2013.

If it's just a lifestyle website why is is he writing an a article about political news coverage?.Why does he have Stringer writing articles about politics?,why does he report the TUC march on this website?.The man is a complete hypocrocite.

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2013.

Sorry, I can't explain it any better for you. The purpose of the organisations JS is criticising IS to cover the news, but this is not a general news site, anyone sensible knows not to expect it to cover general news in any serious way, and it doesn't try to. Its staff aren't journalists. So your charge of hypocrisy is nonsense.

GimboidSeptember 30th 2013.

The above is me, dunno why it posted as Anon.

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

If we want mancon to show us fair and balanced reporting they could start by publishing the CIBO review.

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 2nd 2013.

For the record we're a magazine for Manchester. We're a city magazine. We write what we want when we want. Isn't that freedom lovely? There are lots of similar magazines around. As for hypocrisy I'm in two minds about it.

Stephanie PerrinOctober 1st 2013.

As a friend of mine said - 50,000 people march in support of the NHS, the papers make no comment. Bridget Jones's FICTITIOUS husband is dead and there's mass coverage. Good to see priorities are sorted.

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AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

Maybe the white public schoolboy/girl social elite, who run BBC News, thought the people on the march were of the "wrong sort"? The wrong profile, so not worthy of coverage or of any perceived sympathy? Too white, too working class, too northern - ie what's now classed within metropolitan media circles as the undeserving, not deserving poor?

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

Give over,the BBC throughout the entire decade of Labour Government was anything but critical.It marginalised or ignored any criticism of Labour' open door immigration policy,accepted without criticism the whole Green agenda of the left,totally supported Tony Blair in case for joining the single currency,and accepted with little criticism his justification for intervention in Iraq. Also I think you will find there is very little difference in the class and educational backgrounds of the BBC and the higher ranks of the Labour Party.So your attempt of to smear them as toffs just because they don't share your socialist delusions is totally pathetic.

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

But David, yes of course Blair, Mandelson, New Labour, the BBC News hierarchy, Cameron, Johnson, Osborne, Clegg et al - are all from the same limited social background. The public schoolboy "establishment" who have wrestled back control of all our main political parties & much of the mainstream media too. So yes of course we all remember how much the BBC were in love with Blair between 1997 and 2003 - almost as much as they are with Boris Johnson today! Heck, don't you understand the difference between New Labour & Old Labour? That march was Old Labour, right?

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

I sorry but so was Tony Benn,and much of the far left in the Labour Party and The current leader Ed is hardly that much different.Old Labour is no different to New Labour in that never been run by the working classes,just toffs like Tony Benn who decided what was good for them.

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

Old Labour and New a Labour is just the same.Neither are from working classes.They just seek to rule on behalf of them and tell them what's good for them.Just like the Marxists who seized power with the Russian Revolution were not from the working classes either.

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

Boris Johnson described the coalition as 'a triumph for the public school system' apparently. (Could Ed Milliband be our first PM to have gone to a state comprehensive school though? Yes like 85% of the UK (under 50?) population. Now that would be revolutionary stuff and a blow to the establishment.)

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

JS is right Bias is inherent in the modern media and their are very few (if any) completely independent views made available to the public. The first rule of reading any newspaper should be to ask yourself do I trust them and what do they want me to think.

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AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

'there' Mr. Gove won't love you at all.

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

In Manchester we have are own 'establishment' of which the editor of this website is clearly a part.The Manchester establishment prefers to not to bite the hand that feeds,and is slavishly pro Labour.It is no more objective than the Tory supporting papers in London.

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Jonathan SchofieldOctober 1st 2013.

David, you having a good chat with yourself? If I were the Manchester establishment it'd all be very different. One day eh, one day. Maybe you could be a consultant - anger management or something like that?

GimboidOctober 1st 2013.

David, would you care to give some examples of where this site has been 'slavishly pro Labour?'. I'd give you the Graham Stringer column, which I find troubling, but I think you'll struggle past that.

AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

'our own' 'prefers not to' Dear, dear, Mr. Gove would have you back at school until your spelling improved. Then you'd have to stay there until you could speak Ancient Greek. Might be good for you though.

'P'd OffOctober 1st 2013.

It wasn't only NHS workers on the march as many, many other thoroughly p'd off workers - from all over the country - were also there. It deserved covering and it's a disgrace that it wasn't. I expect that if the coalition continues to keep wages low, gambles away our pensions then makes us work until it's too late to take them then the papers might very well be covering a general strike.

M. G.October 1st 2013.

If I couldn't spell everyday words, or write a simple sentence correctly, I would think twice about arguing politics on this, or any other, website.

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

It was Gordon Brown who clobbered pensions in this country for most private sector workers,by removing the tax relief.The same Gordon Brown who sold of most of our gold reserves on the cheap.

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

I think you will find it was Labour who kept wages low for the working classes by their mass immigration policy which led to a vast supply of cheap labour for business.

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

In actual fact it was the NHS that did for private pensions by making everyone live so sodding long.

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

You wan an example of bias.The editor of this website before the last by-election in Manchester decided that it was only worth bothering to interview the Labour candidate.

DavidOctober 1st 2013.

Also he only ever presents Labour views or solutions to any issue he raises,such as the litter mess in the city centre.He will never interview a Tory or Lib Dem to ask what their solutions would be.He claims that he cannot get any non Labour politician to give a comment or interview.

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David's reflectionOctober 2nd 2013.

David it would appear is still having a conversation with himself

SmittyOctober 2nd 2013.

David, sweetheart, you really need to calm yerself down, you'll give yourself a hernia. And it really is a tribute to this website that it allows its editor to be defamed on a now hourly basis by your good self. The rest of us, however, are getting terribly bored of the bile. This is a really good, interesting article that's making excellent points about the media, not political parties.

John HarrisOctober 1st 2013.

How on Earth can you describe Andy Burnham as "credible"? Has the whole mid-Staffs scandal passed you by? The man is a shameless disgrace with blood on his hands.

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AnonymousOctober 1st 2013.

Correct. Amazing he seems to be portrayed as some sort of saint in certain quarters

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

Dont you need blood on your hands to be a potential labour leader these days?

David Michael EvansOctober 2nd 2013.

We all know that The Mail, Express and Sun have a right-wing, Conservative supporting agenda..and are all union-hating so its no surprise that they would not cover the march. Why anyone buys these appalling newspapers beats me.

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Duke FameOctober 6th 2013.

because some of us cannot stand the lazy feckless folk that vote Labour

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

I know this city has no Tory MPs or councillors anymore, but when was the last time anybody heard of at least a Manchester Tory candidate being interviewed, or asked for his/her opinion, by the Manchester media establishment? By the MEN, BBC North West, Granada Reports, any of Manchester's local radio stations and yes even Manchester Confidential? Give us a name - who was he or her and how long to we have to go back? Heck, no wonder the Tories never get in around here anymore! And where is the counterbalance to Graham Stringer on MC? Over to you Jonathan.

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AnonymousOctober 2nd 2013.

Given the amount of rubbish Strigner spouts on here he probably does more good for the right than the left.

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 2nd 2013.

Well we did do an article two years ago at the last conference about the lack of Conservative representation in Manchester, and we will post a story about delegate reaction to the speech of Cameron and the Conference in general in the next two days. But not a single Conservative in the North West has ever asked to put forward their views on the site. They are more than welcome to do so.

GimboidOctober 2nd 2013.

Hi Jonathan - just a couple of questions on that point: Did Mr Stringer ASK to become a contributor, or was Man Con the instigator? And have any local Lib Dem politicians ever asked to contribute? In the interests of avoiding accusations of imbalance, perhaps you might be a bit more pro-active to get politicians of other stripes involved? Cheers

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2013.

This city can't find one Conservative candidate, not one prospective councillor or MP, not one - to put forward their views on Manchester politics, services, culture etc etc?? That's astonishing and such a poor reflection on this city. So exactly when did Manchester become such a "politically dead" & apathetic city then?

JimOctober 2nd 2013.

Get graham Brady on the site. He can give the Tory view!

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AnonymousOctober 3rd 2013.

Nick Winterton, the ex Tory MP for Macclesfield, was always talking up Manchester and had something to say about the city. But Graham Brady, simply nothing it seems. Or am I wrong?

Stephen LakeOctober 2nd 2013.

The nearest Tory constituencies are Altrincham and Macclefield.

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Duke FameOctober 6th 2013.

The nice parts

AnonymousOctober 5th 2013.

Sad when the most 'journalistic' coverage is from ManCon, mostly read for food reviews. No disrespect mean to MC..they do what they do well. But hard hitting politico journalism is not their strong point. Shame on the other media outlets for not covering this regardless of which way you lean.

Duke FameOctober 6th 2013.

But the TUC are pretty much irrelevant, when they were powerful, they almost destroyed the UK economy, let's keep them in the background and throw them the odd bone.

Duke of GizzardOctober 7th 2013.

Is this the Duke Fame show? Does he live in the same house as David? Is he David?

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