This Thursday, Friends of Mule - the Manc `news with a kick' webazine – presents a panel discussion on the shocking, horrid, cruel, lamentable state of mid-regenerated Greater Manchester (or maybe that's jumping to conclusions!).
Titled Whose City?, a panel of five will be sparking over the question: `Who benefits from Greater Manchester's regeneration and its impact on power, culture and society in our cities?'
"The reason we're doing this is that a lot of money has gone into Greater Manchester, going back decades, and if you look at Manchester itself you've got a quarter of kids living in poverty" Mule's Richard Goulding explains "The argument is that the money hasn't trickled down but I think the reason why we have a really rich city centre and poor outskirts is connected, because most of the jobs that are available are low waged and insecure, and I think that's what the Manchester model runs off.
"So when people say `We need more regeneration, more money coming in', I think we need to think about what kind of jobs we want" he adds "It's a panel discussion but most of the time should be a Q and A so that the audience gets to debate amongst themselves. I hope people will take away the fact that a lot of the problems we are having are connected – that it's not just inner Manchester, the outskirts or Salford, it's Greater Manchester wide."
Chaired by Morag Rose, of the Loiterers Resistance Movement which looks at people's rights to access spaces and stuff, and starring urban issues expert and Liverpool University lecturer, Chris Allen, The Skyliner blog writer and tour guide Hayley Flynn and Salford's own youth worker and community activist bruiser, Graham Cooper, the discussion is sure to get heated – probably in the direction of the Aunt Sally, Manc Labour councillor, Kevin Peel who, presumably will be defending the regenerated mess of Manchester, Salford and beyond.
If you think the poverty, health and everything-else stats for Salford are bad, Manchester is even worse. We're sure Councillor Kev will have a lovely time explaining it all/apologising to the panel and audience…
A Friends of Mule Panel Discussion
Thursday 14th November 7:45pm free
Upstairs at the Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ
See Facebook event page for further details – click here
PS: Here's some statistics from the Salford Star recently to get people thinking - click here