Works in external affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University. Suffers an excess of civic pride. Arte et Labore.
Michael Taylor connects people and business. As External Affairs Advisor at Manchester Metropolitan University he works alongside the Vice-Chancellor Malcolm Press and the Chancellor Lord Mandelson on initiatives to make the University the best connected in the country. He does this through high level business engagement and projects around Greater Manchester Devolution and Northern Powerhouse, including a research-led think tank, MetroPolis. Michael is also a non-executive director of New Charter Housing Trust and Liberty Pensions. He was previously an award winning business journalist and editor and his debut novel '40 by 40 was a finalist in the 2014 Pulp Idol prize. He also curated Northern Monkeys, a history of northern working class fashion.
A politician can issue as many mission statements as they like. They can write a comprehensive manifesto that sets out a plan of action. And they can make as many promises as they think they can keep. But ultimately, as history shows time and time again, the true measure of their success, their effectiveness and their authority comes from how they react to the unforeseen. Events, dear boy, as Harold Macmillan put it. So it has proved with Andy Burnham's first 100 days as Greater Manchester's first directly elected metro Mayor.
After the Paris attacks I did a painful and emotional review of the Saturday papers for the BBC Radio Manchester, amongst the guests we disagreed about whether this was relevant to local radio. I argued that it was. I could only conclude that being who we are, living as we do, is why they hate us.
At a time of enormous political flux, Manchester is emerging as the most important city in the country. A series of devolution deals, ambitious plans and a fierce determination to make the city region work better is leading to the creation of self-government in a unique city-state.
15/05/2017 11:55 BST
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