Category Archives: Politics

 

Wynnie LaFreak delivers a letter on behalf of the Facebook group ‘Facts about Manchester Pride’ (video)

In the absence of any official public forums or public meetings, we set up a group on Facebook to discuss the facts and changes people would like to see at Manchester Pride. The questions were put in a letter and on Friday 8th April 2011 Manchester’s premier drag queen Wynnie LaFreak delivered it to Pride […]

 

Pride charity money given to the Village Business Association

The origins of Manchester Pride go back to 1990 when an August Bank Holiday event was set up by several of the gay businesses. The aim being to raise money for good causes – particularly for those connected with HIV and AIDS. So it’s quite extraordinary to hear that, this year, the opposite has happened; […]

 

A Freedom of Information request reveals how much Manchester City Council gives to, and charges, Manchester Pride

Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Year Sponsorship provided by MCC which is ring-fenced for the Pride Parade only Charges made and paid to MCC in respect of the overall Pride event including the Big Weekend 2005 £20,000 £13,600 2006 £25,000 £26,250 2007 £25,000 £32,620 2008 £27,500 £27,660 2009 £32,500 + […]

 
 

Why I won’t support the ‘no cuts’ protests

Depending on who you believe, and what is included, the UK national debt is somewhere between £800 billion and £4.8 trillion (which is £4,800 billion). The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that the total debt, excluding bank bail-outs, is £816bn. But this figure doesn’t include the state’s pension liabilities, in a contravention of standard […]

 

Police release images of protesters from the Millbank student riot and close down a website

Police investigating the Millbank student riot released images of thirteen protesters they want to question — Daily Mail. Meanwhile a website that offered advice to students involved in the rioting has been closed down. Apparently JustHost.com (slogan: ‘the last hosting plan you’ll ever need’) pulled the site purely on the basis of a letter from […]

 

Kenneth Clarke: I believe in human freedoms and civil liberties

As the countdown to the 800th anniversary of the sealing the Magna Carta begins, the Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent Afua Hirsch talks to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke on its relevance today. The embedded video isn’t working so please click through to see it. My favourite part of this is what he has to say about […]