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Given what he was up against, and given that Manchester would probably vote for a monkey if it was on a Labour ticket, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, and better then the blue alternative.

 

He certainly talks the talk, but I think the jury is out on the walk. A friend of mine lives in Leigh where he was MP for a long time. Before he became mayor, and probably when he was in the running for Labour leader, she said he was always there for a photo opportunity, promising to make things better, but not much happened.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Machpoint005 said:

 

No nothing at all. Like not donating 15% of his mayoral salary to homelessness charities? Oh, wait a minute ...

 

Besides which, much of his work has been hampered and delayed by a central government paralysed by all the Brexit arsing about.

 

I take, it, however, that you were not one of the 63% who voted for him, and do not live in any of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs, all of which returned a majority vote for him?

I live in Stockport, I didn't vote for him. Andy Burnham is probably the finest example I've ever seen of a reactionary politician. It seems he goes from cause to cause, Hillsborough, the homeless in Manchester, making grandstanding speeches to the appreciation of many. He follows this up with: very little. The man has no vision whatsoever, all he does is react to populist causes. 

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11 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

I live in Stockport, I didn't vote for him.

 

To quote others on another thread "you lost - get over it!"

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4 hours ago, Machpoint005 said:

 

To quote others on another thread "you lost - get over it!"

Doesn't bother me in the slightest, he doesn't actually do anything. I see he's committed to ending homelessness in Manchester, let's see how he does with that one. Listening to him talk last week during a meeting on the subject, one of his proposals is to implement a county wide registration scheme for private landlords. Quite how adding a further inflationary pressure to a market already over subscribed in terms of demand is going to help the homeless, you can only wonder. There again, it brought lots of applause from the audience, so that's OK then.

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I am not a supporter of these railings and also started a counter petition to oppose the original petition, obviously not successfully. Given my recent experience of going through Netherton Tunnel,( https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/14869/netherton-tunnel   ) isn't this just another piece of kit open to vandalism? Presumably if they are damaged in the same way they will then have to shut the towpath altogether, as they have done in Netherton, wont they?

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The modern developments of bars and restaurants has created the present danger, where those under the influence of alcohol may fall into a lock or the canal. The recent case of a student from Bolton, drowning in the Rochdale Canal, is a case in point. The do-gooder-brigade would probably insist on railings along the canal towpath to reduce risk, but such a suggestion would hinder the boater, perhaps to such an extent that would resist using fenced in waterways.

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On 25/03/2019 at 12:10, The Welsh Cruiser said:

The mayor is too busy 'saying the right things' to actually do anything.

As I understand it the Mayor's office is right next to the canal where the wicker horse stands so he sees the canal every day.

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