Thu 29th
20:29
Ryan Cullen

Dear bloggers,

it's that time of the month again when the hosting meter needs a few more pounds to keep the site ticking. Ideally we need £10 before the end of the month, otherwise it has to come out of my pocket. With over 0 blogs listed, if each author donated just two pounds a year the site would stay alive. Why not make this month the month you help out?

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Ryan Cullen



I've blogged before about Richard Taylor's intention to sue the makers of the film The Lost King over the way he is represented in it. Taylor was deputy registrar of the University of Leicester at the time of the dig that found the remains of Richard III. The case has now come to court. BBC News reports:Steve Coogan is being sued for libel by a university official who claims he was made to look "devious" and "weasel-like" in a film about the discovery of Richard III's remains. Richard Taylor has started legal action against the comedian, who was a writer ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

In the Guardian on Tuesday (February 27) Polly Toynbee wrote a powerful Opinion piece entitled (in the print version), 'The Tories have miscalculated: Britons do care about poverty'. Quoting the Institute for Public Policy Research's figures, that despite the increase in the local housing allowance from April, more than 800,000 renting households receiving housing benefit will still have to fund the gap between their rent and their benefit, Polly also cites a new Action for Children report finding that many families are falling below the breadline, even when both parents work full-time on the minimum wage. 'The gap between what ...

Posted by Katharine Pindar on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

It's election year, and I'm sure we're going to see some ostentatious victory stunts from the Lib Dems, in the past we've injected razzmatazz into politics by involving showbiz stars, drawing on our strong links with the entertainment world. This reached a zenith in 2010 when the likes of Colin Firth, JK Rowling, Armando Iannucci, ... Continue reading Lib Dem stars of stage and screen, Part 1

Posted by returnoftheliberal on returnoftheliberal | Mute
Thu 29th
14:32

Backlog

The next time a Tory politician complains about small boats bringing immigrants over to the UK, it will be worthwhile directing them to thia article in the Mirror. The paper says that a damning report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has warned that Home Office 'chaos' is costing taxpayers millions of pounds with 55,000 asylum seekers in permanent limbo. They say that this damning report has found that tens of thousands of asylum seekers are unable to work and stuck in temporary accommodation. They add that the failure to bring in the costly Rwanda deportation project means ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

By the end of the year and after the next general election and the prospects are that we could have 30 or more Lib Dem MPs. In fact, if Nigel Farage decides to lead the Reform party and split the right wing vote even more we could easily win more seats from the Conservatives and have over 50 MPs. So what would our new Parliamentary party look like? Lib Dem conference in York officially starts at 4.30pm on the Friday 15th March. So we in the Social Liberal Forum have decided to organise our "pre-conference lunch" event earlier in the ...

Posted by Geoffrey Payne on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

A few years ago it was the French who had the secret of parenting: their children ate up their vegetables and didn't get ADHD. Now it's the Scandinavians, hitherto envied by the British for their tasteful interior design and more adventurous sex lives. The other day Helen Russell wrote a piece for the Guardian to promote her book How to Raise a Viking - The Secrets of Parenting the World's Happiest Children. Those secrets, it seems, include lots of outside play, family meals and singing together in schools. The more I read Russell's article, the more the enlightened world of ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute
Thu 29th
10:53

On a Virtual Ward

Last week my husband, Ian, was bluelighted into Kingston Hospital. He was very unwell, and eventually – not immediately – they diagnosed Covid. He is clinically vulnerable because of a number of medical conditions, and we shielded carefully through full and partial lockdowns. Neither of us has had Covid up until now. Given the way it attacked him this time we could see why shielding had been essential for him before vaccines became available. The A&E staff at the hospital were brilliant and he was kept for 48 hours in the Resus unit, but what I want to tell you ...

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Councillors were forced out of the chamber last night by a tiny group of demonstrators but there were not enough of them to be a mob! (photo David Humphreys) Last night, for just a few minutes, the adult services committee ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think? | Mute

Michael's ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time. They are as follows : Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt - West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph's RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools) Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt - Harris Academy reception area All welcome - no appointment necessary!

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson & Cllr Michael Crichton on Councillors Fraser Macpherson & Michael Crichton - working for the West End | Mute

Welsh Lib Dems call for national net zero framework Welsh Lib Dems demand fairer deal for farmers Welsh Lib Dems call for national net zero framework Today in the Senedd, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the Welsh Government to build a national framework to strengthen local authorities' climate action plans. Currently, the Welsh Local Government Association receives Welsh Government funding to help local Authorities develop a climate action plan. 19 of Wales' 22 local authorities have declared a climate emergency, with 14 of these having a climate action plan. However, according to the Climate Emergency UK's 2021 scorecard, ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Good news from Shropshire: the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway will reopen on Monday after being out of use since December 2022. And good news for local residents: they will be able to enjoy free travel on it until 8 March. The railway's engineer Barry Evans told BBC News: "I think over the past 14 months we have found out how much it means to the town. It's been a big loss. "It's cut down on revenue into the town, cut down on tourism, which affects everything in Bridgnorth." Reopening of the privately owned railway has been made possible by the town ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

As the next May local elections are nearing, here's an updated re-run of my piece from the party website on why standing in more council contests, including council by-elections, matters: When we debate party policy, strategy or election tactics, questions about what might attract or put off voters often – and rightly – come up. But there's one sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, rock-solid way of repelling voters from us, and it's one we use far too often. It's not having a Liberal Democrat on the ballot paper. Zero votes for the party guaranteed. Both Labour and the Conservatives, for example, get ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Right to Buy is back in the news after it emerged Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner made a £48,500 profit on her ex-council house using the scheme. Whatever you think about this, I do agree with Angela that housing aspiration isn't the issue - it's failing to replace homes that are sold off. Liberal Democrats need to lead the charge to reform Right to Buy. Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government introduced the Right to Buy scheme in the United Kingdom, allowing council tenants to purchase their homes at discounted prices. At the time, it was hailed as revolutionary, promising social mobility ...

Posted by Victor Chamberlain on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

I like to wander the back streets of towns and city suburbs because, or so I claim, you never know what you are going to find. Down in London to see Liberator friends yesterday, I spent the afternoon exploring Belsize Park. And I think I proved my point. This is the Isokon Building in Lawn Road, which The Modern House describes as being "widely recognised as one of the finest achievements of Modern Movement architecture". It was completed in 1934, and at first was something of an experiment in communal living. The flats had their own kitchenettes, but there was ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

It was a depressing day in Holyrood yesterday as the SNP/Green budget passed. An unfunded Council Tax freeze crippling Scottish Councils, affordable housing cut by a third in the middle of a massive housing emergency, mental health support cut, education cut. There was never a cat in hell's chance that Lib Dems would vote for such an ill thought through budget. Alex Cole-Hamilton explained why: In this budget, the Scottish Government is reaching for more tax rises. It is punishing low and middle-income families through fiscal drag, it is taking a hammer to the green renewables piggy bank and it ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

It's just 16 days till Liberal Democrats gather in York for Spring Conference. Next Monday, 4th March, at 1pm, is a very important day as it is the deadline for submitting all sorts of things – questions to committees, amendments to motions and emergency and topical motions. So what are all these things? Questions to Committees – and the Leader Each Federal Committee has an accountability session where it presents its report on what it's been up to since the last Conference. This is an important chance for members to accept what it has been doing or not. It is ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

You can hardly read the news, listen to the radio or scan your preferred social media without hearing about AI. Or experiencing it in practice, whether you are aware of it or not. On the one hand, it is seen as offering huge potential to transform business and other organisations, reducing costs and creating entirely new capabilities. On the downside we hear of threats to democracy with a surge in fake videos and information; the potential for mass job losses as AI systems replace employees to reduce costs; at the extreme, dire tales of AI systems taking over humanity altogether. ...

Posted by Robin Stafford on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The start of the Wales section of the Covid inquiry gave us a strong clue as to why the Welsh Government has been reluctant to follow Scotland's example and set up their own inquest. It seems that, despite the spin, Wales was as much of a shitshow as the rest of the UK when it came to managing the pandemic. The BBC reports on claims at the inquiry that the then health minister, Vaughan Gething, one of the men hoping to be the next first minister, automatically deleted messages from his phone during the pandemic. They say that a barrister ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

The state of the road surface within the "triangle" at the Scott Street entrance to Balgay Park has unfortunately further deteriorated - see photo. We are pleased to advise that the City Council has updated us that repairs to the road surface here are to take place and the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager has told us that this work should be taking place next week : "These works are currently scheduled to be undertaken week commencing 4th March." Residents will also recall that we were pleased to have been informed last year that resurfacing of the really poor road surface ...

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson & Cllr Michael Crichton on Councillors Fraser Macpherson & Michael Crichton - working for the West End | Mute