Will the Tories listen?
AS Liverpool returns to normal after the Labour Party conference, attention switches this weekend to Manchester where the Tory faithful gather for their annual get-together.
As the economy flatlines, will the Tories heed the mounting calls for policies to bring jobs and growth? Will David Cameron bring forward infrastructure plans for road and rail to get our economy moving again? Will the Tories back a European-wide Robin Hood tax on financial transactions?
Thousands of people will march through Manchester this Sunday on the eve of the Tory conference to make the case for alternative policies like these.
They include mums from Manchester who are losing Sure start services in the city as a direct result of Government cuts; students who fear they will be saddled with debt and no prospect of work; teachers who see the value of their pensions being drastically cut; and health workers who fear that privatisation will fatally undermine the best public service in the world: our NHS.
These are the people who are now paying the price for the bankers recession. Their families, their communities and their futures are now being sacrificed because of the Government's obsession with cutting the deficit.
But the Government's policies are not working. The economy is stuck in a quagmire of sinking confidence and choked demand. Public services are being dismantled, while many in the the private sector are struggling to survive. Unemployment is spiralling back to 1980's levels, with a million young people left doing nothing useful. And worse for the Tories, Government borrowing is now at a record high.
It's time for the Tories to change course now, before they do irreparable damage to our country.
Join us on Sunday as we peacefully demonstrate our opposition to Tory policies. March with us through the streets of Manchester and raise your voices for a decent alternative.