A few weeks ago, I visited Dublin for the first time. The Republic of Ireland is a wonderful place. During my trip, I've learnt about the symbolism of the Irish flag. I visited the Society and State exhibition at Dublin Castle, which was truly fascinating! I now feel much stronger connected with the country, its culture, people, and at times very difficult history. However, during my short stay in the capital, I immediately noticed a huge difference; the city was full of posters in relation to the upcoming European Elections. In contrast, in Britain, we spoke very little about these ...

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Sat 15th
12:04

The Joy of Six 1237

Nick Cohen criticises collaborationist journalism: "Instead of a robust defence of democratic debate, we have had writers for the Financial Times opining that: 'A time will come when politicians can tell voters that Brexit was a turkey of an idea, that it makes Britain poorer than it needs to be, that it doesn't even work as an immigration-cutting retreat from the world. That time isn't far off. But it isn't now.' The job of the collaborator here is not to ask hard questions but to police debate by saying that hard questions, or indeed any questions, are an inopportune tactic." ...

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Lord Bonkers has resumed command upon his return from Africa. I've a feeling we've had an entry about Well-Behaved Orphans being photographed for candidates' election addresses before, but as it presumably happens at every general election, I stand astonished at my own moderation. I'm always pleased to see nuns appearing here, particularly as these ones aren't immediately devoured by wild beasts. I've a feeling the Convent of Our Lady of the Ballot Boxes may prove to have legs. Tuesday Not surprisingly, the calling of a general election has turned things upside down on the Estate. In particular, my Home for ...

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Emmanuel Macron is either a fool, a political genius or – what is most likely – supremely arrogant. Or perhaps it is a confusing mix of all three. His decision to call early parliamentary elections is – on the face of it – a gamble worthy of a high stakes Las Vegas poker game. But then, within hours of the president's televised announcement, things were looking up for Macron as France's political right started tearing itself apart. Then there is the strong possibility that a far-right victory could prove to be the poisoned chalice that keeps Marine Le Pen out ...

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Welcome to my summary of the latest national voting intention poll from each pollster currently operating in Britain. If you'd like to find out more about how polls work, how reliable they are and how to make sense of them, check out my book, Polling UnPacked: the History, Uses and Abuses of Political Opinion Polls, or sign up for my weekly email, The Week in Polls: General election voting intention polls – indicates that party didn't feature in the polling questions separate from 'Others' or that the data is not yet available. Numbers in brackets show change since the previous ...

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Congratulations to former St Albans council leader, and Federal Board colleague, Chris White.

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The Lib Dems have published their manifesto for the 4 July general election. Key policies are more money for the NHS and adult social care, fairer treatment of carers and WASPI women. Among other policies are increased insulation, net zero homes and increased defence and international development spending. Free school meals will be extended, maternity and paternity leave extended and pay increased. Of course, the Lib Dems are not going to form the next government. But on current projections, the Lib Dems are likely to have sufficient MPs to influence government policy and secure at least some of the change ...

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The Connecting Scotland Helpline provides digital support to anyone in Scotland. It is free to call and is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Anyone can call this freephone number and receive support and advice on topics including : · Using devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers · Connecting to the internet · Navigating the web and social media · Completing everyday tasks online · Connecting with the community, family and friends · Managing finances, paying bills and saving money online · Reducing costs (energy, data plans, shopping, etc.) · Finding opportunities for education and ...

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It is beginning to look as if senior Labour politicians cannot help themselves. Vaughan Gething may be Starmer's man, but the price he is having to pay for that support is a series of snubs on long-standing Welsh Labour policy. Yesterday, I blogged on how the Shadow Home Secretary had indicated that she was opposed to her Welsh colleagues position of devolving policing to the Senedd. Today's snub is a tad more serious. The BBC report that Shadow Welsh secretary Jo Stevens told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast that the Welsh government will not have full control over the replacement for ...

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Huge congratulations to Chris White, a former member of the Lib Dem Voice team, who has been awarded an OBE. The citation reads: "Lately Member and Leader, St Albans City and District Council. For services to Local Government". Chris stepped down earlier this year having led the Lib Dem administration since 2019. He also served on Hertfordshire County Council for nearly 30 years. Thanks to a reader who has told us that Janet Goldsbrough-Jones in Worthing has been awarded an MBE "for services to the community". Janet is a long term Lib Dem activist and council candidate in Worthing, who ...

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From the Guardian website today: The portrayal of a former university official in Steve Coogan's film about the discovery of the remains of Richard III is defamatory, a high court judge has ruled. Richard Taylor, a former deputy registrar at the University of Leicester, is suing Coogan, the production company Baby Cow and the distributors Pathe. He claims the 2022 movie The Lost King shows his character, played by Lee Ingleby, behaving in an "abominable way" towards the amateur historian Philippa Langley, played by Sally Hawkins, who spearheaded the dig. Taylor claims the film shows him taking credit for himself ...

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Spoiler alert: it is still the Labour Party! And also the Lib Dems! Ever since Nigel Farage announced his candidacy as a Reform candidate for the constituency of Clacton, there has been breathless anticipation of a Crossover- the first poll showing higher support for Reform than the Conservatives. And now it has happened, courtesy ofContinue reading "Reform is not the biggest threat to the Conservatives"

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Fri 14th
14:54

Liberator 423 is out

You can download Liberator 423 for free here. What's inside this issue? SEVEN WAYS TO EXPLOIT LABOUR'S FRACTURES The Tories look finished, but Labour is not as united or powerful as it looks and the Liberal Democrats can exploit this if they are bold enough, says Roger Hayes 'USELESS' LEAVES The SNP's recent fiascos have opened opportunities for other parties in Scotland, says Nigel Lindsey PUB TALK AFTER 2 MAY Crystal ball gazing may belong in the pub but the 2 May results give some clear pointers for what may be about to happen to each party, says Chris White ...

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Three principal authority council by-elections this week. With three holds (counting the independent to independent result as a hold for independents), they were a less dramatic set of results than the general election is likely to be. But there was a welcome increase in the number of wards being contested by the Lib Dems: Mottingham, Coldharbour & New Eltham (Greenwich) Council By-Election Result: [IMG: 🌳] CON: 47.1% (+3.7) [IMG: 🌹] LAB: 38.2% (-5.8) [IMG: ➡] RFM: 8.0% (+4.6) [IMG: 🌍] GRN: 3.5% (New) [IMG: 🔶] LDM: 3.1% (-6.0) Conservative HOLD. Changes w/ 2022. — Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) June 14, ...

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The 2024 election is in full swing and this week is Manifesto Week. All the major parties have shown their hand and it's gratifying to see a positive response to the Lib Dems manifesto across the board. If the Lib Dems play their cards right they can hit a sweet spot – differentiated enough away ... Continue reading Election 2024: Those Lib Dem manifesto endorsements

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An additional 2.1 million Brits abroad will be eligible to vote at the General Election on 4th July, but many still don't know about their new rights. There's just five days left to get the word out and have them register, as registration closes on Tuesday at 23.59hrs UK time, whether at home or abroad. The abolition of the 15-year rule - which had previously stopped the right to vote for any Brit who has been out of the country for longer than that – means that all British citizens abroad of voting age who have ever lived in the ...

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There was a headline on Sky News the other day: Four Tops star says hospital put him in straitjacket and ordered psychological examination after not believing he was famous singer I thought it too serious for my Headline of the Day Award, though 'funny' headlines often stop being funny if you think about them for more than a moment. But this story did make me think of several things. The first was a description of Shelton Hospital, Shrewsbury, in the 1960s:The hospital consumed 865 pints of milk per day. The grounds were infested with feral cats, which were a source ...

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My rosette has stayed in its drawer as I observe political neutrality as Lord Mayor of Liverpool Well, the last few weeks have been extremely strange for me. In every other General Election since the one I participated in in ... Continue reading →

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Fri 14th
11:30

Election heroes: Agents

We are now half way through the election campaign and most of us will be feeling a bit knackered. Elections are a bit like the Tour De France. A massive daily effort with actual and metaphorical daily climbs and sprint finishes. We thought we'd take a minute to appreciate the key people in the election in a series of posts which will hopefully sustain us through to polling day. Up today are the election agents. They take a lot of legal responsibility to keep the campaign and their candidate on the right side of the law. They are the ones ...

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The new issue of Liberator - that's Liberator 423 - is on the magazine website. You can download it as a pdf free of charge. Which means, you lucky people, that it's time to spend another week with Rutland's most celebrated fictional peer. We find him returning from Africa to the news that a general election has been called. Monday Well, I got back just in time, didn't I? Someone tipped me off that the government was offering a free holiday in Rwanda with plenty of spending money, so I put my hand up sharpish. It turned out that they ...

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The Conservative Manifesto confirms that they have dug in on tax cuts as their core offer to the voting public. They know that this is an illusion, on which they would not be able to deliver if they won. Opinion polls show that most of the public don't think it's realistic. An IPSOS poll in early June found 68% of the public describing public services as 'underfunded' - confirming similar responses in multiple polls over the past year. Labour have been so frightened of the Daily Mail that they have committed themselves to holding almost all major sources of revenue ...

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From the City Council : THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of carriageway resurfacing works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in : Apollo Way, Dundee Gemini Crescent, Dundee Explorer Road (between Luna Place and Apollo Way), Dundee This notice comes into effect on Monday 24 June 2024 for 2 nights (7pm to 6am). Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained. Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Riverside Avenue / A90 Kingsway / Myrekirk Road ...

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Of course one of the perils of devolution is that a party can pass all the policies it likes at a national or regional level, but if they don't get their colleagues on board at a UK level then they end up whistling into the wind. This can be particularly embarrassing if you head up a longstandin Welsh Labour administration and have been arguing for some time that you can work more closely in partnership with a UK Labour Government. And so it has proved even though not a single vote has yet been cast. Wales on Line reports that ...

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