Christopher Harvie contributes to the Open Democracy blog on the intellectual and moral roots of the Guardian, which was previously based in Manchester:
A century ago London needed Manchester as its “Glasstown”, like the Bronte children’s mythic, experimental, revolutionary city. “Comment is Free” might have given it a chance to regain that boldness in the digital age; perhaps even to reimagine a confederal, post-great-power Britain. But the Guardian now plays the mercenary and seems proud of it. “There is no such city as Manchester”, and we have all lost by it.
Read the full article here.
Christopher Harvie is the author of Broonland, The Last Days of Gordon Brown.