Manchester supercasino triumph for Brown-Dacre alliance

David Ottewell of the Manchester Evening News is pretty much on the money, reminding us that Manchester’s supercasino has been sacrificed to help Gordon Brown develop a more friendly relationship with Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail. And goodness what a result. The Daily Mail initially reported the story under the gloating headline Continue reading

Lucy Powell on ‘sick note culture’

It’s refreshing to see Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Withington, Lucy Powell, using her Guardian blog to tackle issues around incapacity benefit, or the ‘sick note culture’. Refreshing because too many of our politicians shy away from difficult issues. The phrase ‘sick note culture’ is incendiary, so Lucy’s sending a strong message just Continue reading