Friday, November 09, 2007

Winners and Losers

Manchester, England

"In Greater Manchester there are seven gun-related incidents every day - the number of firearms deaths is only higher in London

"One in 14 girls aged between 15 and 17 becomes pregnant in Manchester - almost double the rate across England

"In 2004/5 Greater Manchester had the highest number of children under 15 (238) admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problems

"In 2005/6 809 per 100,000 of Manchester's male population were admitted to hospital because of alcohol-specific conditions - more than double the national rate of 340 per 100,000

"In 2006, 22% of Manchester's working-age population were out of work and on benefits, higher than the national rate of 14.6%" - Manchester people 'left behind'

"With Murdoch's reputation for backing winners part of his longstanding newspaper strategy, sources close to the News Corporation boss say that he is considering a shift of allegiance in Scotland... Murdoch is said to have liked Salmond and seen him as a winner." -Murdoch considers changing sides in Scotland



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