Hungary and Holland

Going to take brief excerpts from three different days this week. On Tuesday, the Lord Mayor and the Hungarian Ambassador unveiled a plaque celebrating the visit to Manchester of Lajos Kossuth in 1851in a ceremony in the Sculpture Hall. Unless you're Hungarian suspect you're now asking Lagos who? Lagos Kossuth was a Hungarian statesman and fighter for democracy who led a failed revolt against the Hapsburg Empire in 1848 seeking to introduce a British style constitutional democracy to an independent Hungary. When he came to Manchester he was greated by tens of thousands of people who lined the streets all the way from Piccadilly Station to near Strangeways all trying to get a glimpse of him. Difficult to imagine now!

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Welcome Back

A few words about Europe, more specifically the referendum on whether the UK stays in the EU or floats off to outer space. This has been discussed by both our Economy Scrutiny Committee,who received presentations both from Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry and from the Institute of Directors, where in both cases member surveys indicated roughly 2 to 1 support for staying in, and the Executive Committee, in the current meeting cycle.

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Piccadilly Gardens

I'm going to risk a bit more controversy but getting my defence in first, let me say that I would be the first to acknowledge that, as city centre Councillor Kevin Peel put it at the last meeting of the Economy Scrutiny Committee, Piccadilly Gardens is in desperate need of some tlc. I do though still find this week's Manchester Evening News petition on the subject somewhat curious.

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