And the centre of Manchester – like the centre of London – is a wonder of the world.
But just a few miles away from here the story is very different.
Towns with famous names, proud histories, fine civic buildings where unfortunately the stereotypical story of the last few decades has been long term decline.
Endemic health problems. Generational unemployment. Down-at-heel high streets.
The story has been, for young people growing up there of hopelessness, or the hope that one day they’ll get out and never come back.
And in so far as that story is true and sometimes it is, the crucial point is it isn’t really the fault of the places and it certainly isn’t the fault of the people growing up there – they haven’t failed.
No, it is we, us the politicians, the politics, that has failed.
Time and again they have voted for change, but for too long politicians have failed to deliver on what is needed.
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