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
In hard hat, hi-vis vest and wielding a trowel, the prime minister turned brickie today on a building site in Chorley - the same Lancashire town Ed Miliband visited on Monday. He insisted that this was not the first time he'd laid b... Read Post