And what of the North West Development Agency's role in all this? Back at MIPIM it had a sparky development director-type called Baron Isherwood (not actually a baron).
He alas left the agency some while ago and appears not to have been replaced by anyone with the same commitment to making things happen. Could it be that rumours of agency overspending are correct, and the real reason for the decision to scrap the Fourth Grace is to get the agency off the hook?
John Prescott should have a good look at this. If things go wrong in this flagship city, what hope for his dream of a brave new world of linked Northern cities stretching from west to east coast? How many more disappointments will there be along the way?