Unbelievable Journalism?


I usually title my dodgy links to articles in the Guardian ‘Crap Journalism’ but this one demands a completely different category.

Each week, in the Weekend Magazine, the paper spotlights a different place and puts it forward as an area to consider moving to. This time, I had to look twice to believe that I was reading ‘Let’s move to… Openshaw

Openshaw. East Manchester. Run-down. Neglected. Isolated. No facilities. I lived there until I was eleven, went back often. It’s a hole, even now. It’s not a fashionable place where you can get ahead of the smart investors. It never will be, or if it ever becomes that, then the world will have changed in ways of which we cannot imagine. This can’t be serious. The comments can’t believe it either.

But this is a serious and long-running feature.

Somebody has got to be having a laugh, but if they are I’m hanged if I can tell the punchline.

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