The eight weekly meeting of Full Council today. There is an anti-cuts lobby at the side entrance to the Town Hall and I have an interesting conversation with one of the lobbyists who puts forward the proposal that I and presumably other Councillors should go to jail rather than vote for cuts.
I ask the obvious question which was what he thought would happen then. The government would step in and make the cuts was his response. So I go to jail, the cuts still get made, and as they would be made later they would be worse - doesn't sound much like a tactic to me.
The later part of the Council agenda will be dominated by cuts and the budget including a motion calling on people to support the Manchester Petition which is formally launched today. However the ordinary meeting of Council will be preceded by a special meeting to confer the Freedom of the City on the 207 ( Manchester ) Field Hospital ( Volunteeers ) . This invaluable medical corps together with its predecessors originated in the city and has seen some 125 years service including providing the biggest general hospital for casualties in the country the second world war. The conferment ceremony won't take place today as the unit has only just returned from deployment in Afghanistan but they are worthy recipients of the greatest honour the city can bestow, and one which is not lightly given.