Labour: Creative destruction in Manchester…

From Gary Kent at the UK Labour Conference:

Looking around it’s clear why the Labour Party put away its collective bucket and spade and left the seaside for Manchester. The regeneration of this place is wonderful to behold. It hasn’t escaped the attention of some people that this is partly thanks to the work of the Provos whose Bishopgate Deansgate bomb devastated the city centre ten years ago.

The law of ‘unintended consequences’?

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  • Er Mick Bishopgate… that’s London. The Provos blew up Deansgate in 1996.

    I was a student in Manchester and will always have a soft spot for it. If you get a chance the “Yo Sushi” in Selfridges is the best I’ve been to and the bar at the Lowry is always good for some NW star spotting. Enjoy.

  • Turbopaul

    If you get a chance the “Yo Sushi” in Selfridges is the best I’ve been to and the bar at the Lowry is always good for some NW star spotting. Enjoy.

    Perhaps Mick may even see “Yo Blair”

    Rather than dwell on Blair tenure, the questions surrounding the Lord Levy affair should be addressed by the outgoing Prime Minister.

    Not only creative destruction in Manchester, but a look at who owns the freehold to the new improved Manchester may raise a few eyebrows!

    Still think Lord Levy will be Blair’s nemesis.

  • Keith M

    Manchester’s a great city and the re-juvenation of the city has been truely spectacular. The IRA did the city an unexecpted favour. Now if only we could convince someone (anyone) to do the same in parts of Dublin.

  • páid

    Mick,

    be careful going down this route!

    I drew attention to this fact some months ago, and the man I am was played á la Ben Thatcher.

    Still as a bona fide Manc (who’s brother was caught up in not a victimless day) I think I can say with a little bit of cred that locally, and unofficially, the IRA get a grudging acknowledgement for kick-starting a rejuvenation scheme that was long overdue.

    What the provos did in M/CR (and no, i don’t get a sexual kick out of it, and no again i am not a munitions expert) was, it was explained to me, manage to massively increase the power of a bog-standard fertiliser bomb by running plastic tubes (medical drips) stuffed with semtex through it.

    This theory goes that this “advance” convinced the British authorities of the potency of simple one-van attacks and no douby they ignored it, principled beings that they are….

    The ‘load up the bmw in ireland and drive in on and off the ferry’ bomb was notably foiled by dogs, but the ‘semtex/fertiliser destroy a shopping-street made in england bomb’ influenced the British towards making a political settlement.

    Now eat me…