A pylon is viewed from below in Sale, north west England on April 8, 2015. As a general election looms, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is holding out its "Northern Powerhouse" programme as a key achievement and promising greater economic clout to boot. Manchester, which was at the forefront of Britain's industrial revolution, is again leading the way among its northern neighbours. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)