'World class’ vision is key to Manchester future says town hall chief
World classness is a bit of a disease here in Manchester. I don’t exactly know when the order came down to describe absolutely everything associated with the city as world class, but it seemed to become endemic after the IRA detonated its world class fertiliser bomb outside Marks & Spencer back in ’96.
So we have a world class vision, and I for one am glad that our vision is not merely very good. But A quick google tells me that Manchester also has world class research, sustainable development, media, chamber orchestras, athletes (regular and paralympic), restaurants, communications, concierge services, services generally, facilities of various kinds (educational, sporting, leisure, etc), businesses, teaching, procurement, design, designer living, museums, hotels, shopping, cocktails, BMX tracks, expertise (undefined), venues (miscellaneous), professionals (all trades), Irish Heritage Centres, artists, festivals and cultural strategies. In all these areas we are on a par with Valparaiso, Penang and Ulan Bataar. Makes you proud.