Cottonmouth MCR Episode 51: May 2019, with Eve Holt & Michael Taylor

13th May 2019

Joined by Eve and Michael again, we’re concentrating on the city and the environment.

Firstly, there’s some chat about inclusion, social value, the Preston model of local wealth-building and how corporate can contribute to the local economy and eco-system, before Michael goes on a little rant about businesses behaving badly and why awards are basically rubbish, and Vaughan goes on a rant about who really benefits from the move to lean working (clue—it’s not the employee). Then we dip into the travails of the local high street, looking at a few successes along the way, including Eve’s Chorlton. We’ll return to the latter in the next podcast.

The main section is devoted to the Mayor’s recent Green Summit. Eve makes the case for what more the city can be doing, Vaughan talks about the need to build resilience to the inevitable, and a little tiff breaks out about how much the government is doing in all this and whether climate change activism is based on facts or not. We manage to reach some sort of agreement and then Eve gets the last word.

In the final bit, all three reveal the one thing they would change about Manchester if they could, and then they each select one (though it turns out to be two) great book about or set in Manchester. Eve goes all nostalgic, Vaughan tries to be up to date and Michael avoids selecting one of his own books.

Thanks to Blueprint Studios in Salford for editing.

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CottonmouthMCR is brought to you by CityCo, the city centre management company for Manchester and Salford. It’s hosted by Vaughan Allen, Chief Exec of CityCo and is recorded either ‘live’ on location or by our friends at Blueprint Studios, Salford.

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