With its slavery memorials and communist relics, US progressives should love Manchester

When The New York Times recently selected Manchester as one of its 52 places to visit in 2024 , alongside the likes of Paris, Singapore and Florida, it highlighted the music which has “long been at the core of Manchester’s gritty soul” and the new Co-op Live indoor arena, opening in April. “Stars like Liam Gallagher, Eric Clapton and Barry Manilow are booked to inaugurate the 23,500-capacity space,” writes Nora Walsh. It could be argued that the core of the city’s gritty soul stems from two hundred years of industrial development and that music has been, principally, a way out, both for the performers and the gig-goers. Anyway, two of those artists have nowt to do with Manchester, nor its grit – Barry Manilow! – and Liam Gallagher, 51, is most definitely yesterday’s rock-star rebel. The new Co-op Live indoor arena opens in April But of course The New York Times is targeting its wealthy readers. Many will have been to London , where they were served dollops of heritage, along with overpriced fish and chips, parading horseguards, posh theatres and a generous spread of TGI Fridays, McDonald’s and Five Guys branches. If that seems over-generalising and mean-spirited, I point readers to the 2018 article in The New York Times titled “Beyond Porridge and Boiled Mutton: A Taste of London” . Even supposedly cultured American journalists are not quite up to speed when it comes to Britain’s international culinary makeover – though it began almost a century ago . Mutual misunderstandings to one side, what can Americans expect to see and do in Manchester that they will find delightful and different to what they can get elsewhere? One of the city’s best museums houses a display with poignant links to the United States. The Science and Industry Museum has […]

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