Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What Good Is Another Skyscraper to Our City? ; VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What Good Is Another Skyscraper to Our City? ; VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

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SO the council has approved the construction of a huge skyscraper with no architectural merit whatsoever (Tallest building plan gets go-ahead, M.E.N., Friday, July 1).

Fat chance of a Gherkin or Shard here!

It seems there is not a single councillor - even Pat Karney - willing to stand up and insist that such a building must make a positive contribution to the skyline.

All the complaints about the concrete lump in Piccadilly have been in vain as we are about to get one a hundred times larger!

C Arbuncle, Crumpsall Not my sort of Labour THE long awaited publication of the Chilcot report will confirm much of what we already know and suspect about the invasion of Iraq. Not least, the facts that we could not and cannot trust anything said by Tony Blair and that Jeremy Corbyn and others were very wise to oppose Blair's disastrous wars.

In the run-up to Chilcot we have, of course, seen Blairite MPs and a motley crew of fellow travellers, like Sir Richard Lees in Manchester and Allen Brett in Rochdale, attempt to force-out the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party in a long- planned, but increasingly ridiculous 'coup'. The plotters have clearly been desperate to silence Jeremy Corbyn's legitimate calls for Blair to stand trial for his war crimes, but thankfully they have failed.

In the aftermath, local councillors like Lees and Brett would do well to reflect on what sort of Labour Party best serves the people of Manchester and Rochdale.

Do we need a Labour Party dominated by those who were willing to send our young men and women to kill and be killed in Iraq on the basis of fanciful tales about non-existent weapons of mass destruction or do they need a Labour Party led by those committed to peace, justice and the avoidance of unnecessary wars. Philip Gilligan, Littleborough Right to vote is a blessing IF all else is uncertain following the result of the referendum one thing is clear - that everyone who voted respected a democratic process, based on the principle that each of us is entitled to a vote. …

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