Monday, 15 March 2010
Cabinet minister backs United green and gold protest
The growing green and gold Manchester United supporters' movement against the Glazers’ ownership of the club picked up a Cabinet-level endorsement from Health Secretary Andy Burnham at our north-west conference hosted by Greater Manchester Fabians on Saturday.
It may not quite rank in global impact with the David Beckham picture which went around the world when Milan visited Old Trafford last week.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham was co-founder of Supporters Direct and has played a key role in promoting supporters' trusts. With Greater Manchester Fabian member and United fan Rich Currie sporting the green and gold, Next Left suggested he should show his support for the United fans' campaign.
We couldn’t quite persuade him - on footballing grounds - to put the green and gold scarf around his Evertonian neck but he was happy to endorse the campaign by being photographed with Rich.
And he returned to the theme in his speech, noting that the Fabian conference was held in the same building where the TUC held its first meeting in 1868.
Burnham paid tribute to the traditions of Manchester radicalism, quoting author Stuart Maconie's account of its claim to be "the most radical political city in this country".
"The green and gold movement is another manifestation of the great campaigning heritage of this city, and long may that continue", said Burnham.
"The north has risen again under this government", Burnham told the conference.
"The BBC coming to Manchester is redistribution of the cultural power in this nation", he added.
* More from Newsnight political editor and United fan Michael Crick at the Newsnight blog.