The first-time visitor to Manchester cannot fail to be struck by the grandeur of its Victorian civic buildings. The Town Hall, pictured above, is a mighty declaration of municipal pride and confidence. It is proudly provincial but there is nothing pejoratively provincial about it. Nor is Manchester alone: Newcastle and Leeds and the other great English cities built their own sandstone monuments to themselves.
So here we go. Thanks to the failings of a handful of morally bankrupt former News of the World employees, David Cameron has declared that an inquiry needs to begin work immediately into the workings of the entire newspaper industry... Read Post
Listening to David Cameron talk about Afghanistan these days, I’m struck by two things. Firstly, how optimistic and upbeat he is about progress there, and how confident he seems that most British troops will have left by the next ge... Read Post