Of all the places that was bidding for a super casino, nowhere had more of its future staked on it than Blackpool.
Blackpool is a resort town. The problem is that the resort that Blackpool "was", each year becomes less and less the resort people "want". That is a shame. I love Blackpool. I went in October and went as a child many times.
A super casino would ahve given Blackpool a chance to become a resort that some people actually want to go to. It would have meant a massive investment, new jobs, better hotels, a richer clientelle and would have seen people's perception of Blackpool change.
Why Manchester then ? An area with booming house prices, the BBC are already moving there, a new City Centre (rebuilt after the IRA bomb), and a City already on the up. It doesn't seem fair, unless you are a Labour MP in Gorton or Oldham where you fear for your majority. Perhaps this is the real reason for Manchester being chosen ?
As for Greenwich, it has the Olympics and several thousand new jobs to come because of that. So I was never in the Greenwich camp.
But on a personal note, and from my own knowledge of the area, I was really sorry that Blackpool didn't get the Super Casino. It is a real slap in the face for the town.