The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

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Museum of Science and Industry Under Threat

News that Manchester's popular science museum MOSI is under threat has been greeted with shock. In a few days a petition of support has gathered over 30,000 signatures and the Manchester Evening News report of potential closure caused a storm on social media. The ever fresh faced physics hero Brian Cox took to Twitter to slam ”reckless disregard for our future for short-term gain”.   The museum itself has pointed out that it is not about to mothball the engines and slam the doors shut...
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Why I’m standing in Manchester Central

Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party appeals to voters to overcome understandable cynicism and go for the opportunities on their own doorsteps During this year's local elections, there was one thing I heard time and again from people I spoke to, whether on the doorstep, in their flats or on the street: I don't vote, because it doesn't change anything. It's this sense of powerlessness over the forces that shape our lives and the space around us that is so worrying in Manchester and the UK to...
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Manchester libraries – our shared culture

There has been quite a bit of controversy about lack of transparency on plans for Manchester Central library to dispose of an unprecedented number of books during its refurbishment. Mancunian Matters covered the story here For the record, my comment- If there is confusion about the future about the Central library's book stock, Manchester's Labour council only have themselves to blame. In a typical lack of transparency, no attempt has been made to really engage with concerned readers, o...
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Pirate Bay block ordered in UK

he BPI and its big-media allies have stepped forward their site-blocking blackmail campaign, demanding that BT and other major ISPs start blocking the Pirate Bay under a court order. It is a sad day for the UK, and a further step on the slippery slope to Internet censorship. While the government praises the benefits of digital rights abroad, it is unable to practice what it preaches at home. Site blocking is nothing more than censorship, and it does nothing to help artists. Dan Bull, a mus...
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