Tue 22nd
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 50 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?


Many thanks
Ryan Cullen

Today [May 22nd], Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lynne Featherstone hosts a talk with former President of the Geological Society Professor Peter Styles on the increased risk of earthquakes due to frackingProfessor Styles is expected to call for the implementation of buffer zones and stricter regulations, forcing fracking companies to assess dangers and faults. Commenting on Professor Styles' speech, Lynne Featherstone said:"Fracking is an unnecessary, invasive and dangerous distraction from the very urgent need to move away from carbon-based energy and towards sustainable energy sources. "There is a growing consensus that fracking is destructive to the environment and ...

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Very funny (and a great example of how much the straight man adds to the comedy duo - see how much less funny the video is if you cover up the left hand side of the screen).

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Taken in 1927, the photograph shows Leicester Power Station. Leicester City's King Power Stadium now occupies the site. You can also see the Filbert Street stadium where City used to play and the Aylestone Road ground where Leicestershire Country Cricket Club used to play. The bridge over the river carries the line to Coalville, Ashby and Burton upon Trent, which is still open to freight. The sidings and wagons belong to the vanished Great Central main line.

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Research released today has shown the shift in opinion in Northern Ireland since the Brexit referendum. Since the vote when 56% of the people voted to remain in the EU that figure has risen to 69%. However, the research by Queen's University also shows that 61% of the population of Northern Ireland also favour the whole of the UK staying in the Customs Union and Single Market. The population of Northern Ireland who voted to remain in the EU see that as part of the Brexit that helps keep NI economically active, viable and progressing. While 59% of people in ...

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The judges, while not convinced Mr Johnson is famous enough to merit a mention in the headline, were happy to award the Southern Daily Echo Headline of the Day for this effort.

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It's easy to assume the upcoming vote on abortion in Ireland is a black and white issue. A straight decision between the rights of an unwanted, unborn child versus the rights of a woman who doesn't want to be pregnant. Actually, it's much more complicated than that. Let me tell you my story, as the nearly mum of a much wanted baby. I've never had morning sickness so it's really only if I'm overdue, very short tempered, very hungry and along with that little blue line that I know I'm pregnant. At 12 weeks, I went to the hospital for ...

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Mon 21st

Monday reading

Current Collected Works, ed. Nick Wallace Mind Over Ship, by David Marusek Beyond This Horizon, by Robert A. Heinlein In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan Last books finished Summer in Orcus, by T. Kingfisher A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge Looking For JJ, by Anne Cassidy Next books Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch Gemini, by Dorothy Dunnett

Commenting on Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's announcement that he is considering British participation in an alternative satellite-navigation system to the EU's Galileo programme, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Baroness Randerson said:"Our omission from Galileo is a shocking reminder of the damaging impact that Brexit is having on our economy. All the while the Government are proposing to waste billions on a British sat-nav system. "We have already seen losses of high-skilled, well-paid jobs that are crucially important to our national security. "Talk of replacing it with our own version, in cahoots with the country furthest away from the UK is frankly ...

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Commenting on the Foreign Affairs committee report, Moscow's Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK, which claims London is a "laundromat" for Russian "dirty money", Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:"It is now more than two months since I challenged the Prime Minister to impose tougher sanctions on Russian oligarchs close to the Putin regime, including the use of unexplained wealth orders. But, since their introduction at the end of January, these orders appear to have only been used against peripheral figures from other countries, when the situation with Russia is both so pressing and hostile. "These oligarchs, who own so ...

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Mon 21st

A Very British Scandal

I watched the first episode of Stephen Frears' three-part TV bio-pic about the Thorpe Affair, A Very British Scandal, with a degree of trepidation. Despite the director's esteemed back catalogue and the stellar cast, could it be anything else but a travesty of the truth? I knew Jeremy Thorpe from the time he came to speak [...]

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Responding to reports that jailed British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing a new charge against her in Iran, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: "No one should be separated from their family like this. It is heart-breaking."Given that the Foreign Secretary has proven himself unable to help, the Prime Minister should make bringing Nazanin home to her family a personal priority."

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Click on the photo to above to enlarge it Fracking is a hugely controversial environmental issue. What's more its happening on Sefton Borough's doorstep and this proposed relaxation of planning rules is clearly aimed at smoothing the process of getting it started across the UK. Of course Fracking is also a vision of the past because its a fossil fuel and not sustainable energy. The more we use fossil fuels the faster we accelerate global warming and make the lives of future generations more difficult. But of course we all know all this so the big issue here was to ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

A new think tank called Onwards will launch itself this evening. It's a specifically Tory think tank, but I warmly welcome it. They clearly want to push the Conservative Party back towards a more classically liberal direction of travel, away from the "citizens of nowhere" shtick that has marred May's premiership, and I'm all for that. Basically, if we're going to live in a world where the Tories are likely to have power so long as Mr Grumpy Socialist is the only viable electoral alternative, then I'd prefer the good Tories to win out. Will Tanner, the director of the ...

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miss_s_b | The Blood is the Life for 20-05-2018 I posted The Blood is the Life for 20-05-2018 to my dreamwidth blog Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, her mother says :( New laws to tackle 'wild west' internet will make UK 'safest place in the world' to be online, Matt Hancock claims Oh dear. Because you've been so successful in getting them to pay taxes, never mind fines... Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease - Jagwire ... This seems like it's bonkers. So ...

Now I fully accept that, for many of our readers, the idea of Parish Councils is all a bit redolent of "The Vicar of Dibley" (albeit the cause of confusion between Parish Councils and Parochial Church Councils), but they can be a key element of rural campaigning. I ought to declare an interest first, in that I'm a Parish councillor in mid-Suffolk, and have been for about six years. Mine is a small Parish, population about 270, with an annual precept of less than £6,000. But this tier of local government is widely varied, ranging from the likes of Hereford ...

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Mon 21st

My tweets

Sun, 12:56: RT @darachos: If you're a bloke who's on the fence about next Friday's vote and are reluctant to say so publicly on Twitter, please DM me.... Sun, 15:48: The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Novella https://t.co/xf8TdVhkcG Sun, 16:05: RT @canariumbooks: Here's a poem about mansplaining from approximately 1819, by Kobayashi Issa (translated by Sam Hamill). https://t.co/27r... Sun, 17:17: Obviously too difficult to entertain the thought that Varadkar might simply mean what he says!!! https://t.co/36zgHf5jXP Sun, 20:48: RT @stephokeeffe: My letter to the editor published in the IT today #repealthe8th #Together4Yes #BeMyYes #HomeToVote #loveboth @RepealBXL @... Mon, 06:07: RT ...

With future of the Swansea lagoon still in doubt, it is interesting to read in the Independent yesterday that the withdrawal of government support and confusion around future investments have led to a "dramatic and worrying collapse" in green investment. This is a complete reversal of the very positive investment in renewables and green technology started under the Liberal Democrats in the coalition government. It is yet more evidence of the Tories reverting to type once they cease to be moderated by a more radical party with a real commitment to the environment and to tackling climate change. The paper ...

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With just 28 days to go before the planned opening of Maghull's 2nd railway station (Maghull North) there still seems to be much to do. These two photos were taken on 20th May:- The top photo shows the station building and the bottom one the present state of the car park. It is now pretty obvious that the station could never have been ready for the original 20th May opening date and I think it fair to say that most folk thought that date was just a little too optimistic anyway. We were told that the delay was due to ...

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The idea of devolving power to the "lowest possible level" is about as unifying an idea as there is for Liberal Democrats. But, as often happens with the best ideas of politicians, the current system of devolution to the regions is failing spectacularly. This is because politicians, across both old parties, who become mayors, when they fail to deliver an improvement, have the get out clause of claiming its all the fault of central government for not funding them properly. The latest example of this trend is the recent declaration by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, that the blame for ...

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Last weekend was not the most enjoyable weekend I ever had. Flying back from the USA, I was stuck in Madrid having missed my connection due to delay. Instead of getting home at the planned 11:00 on Saturday, I finally got there at 4:30 am on Sunday morning. And that only through a complex combination [...] The post Macron isn't a Thatcher, and that may matter appeared first on Radix.

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 21 MAY 2018 South Union Street/South Marketgait at Dundee Railway Station - northbound nearside lane closure from 9.30am for 6 weeks for footway works.

Research by Queen's University Belfast shows that 61% of people in Northern Ireland want the UK as a whole to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union. This comes amid concern that North-South border checks could be imposed as a result of Brexit. The research also found that if there was a referendum on EU membership today, 69% of Northern Irish people would vote to remain against 56% at the time of the poll in 2016. Responding, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: "This research shows there are deep fears in Northern Ireland that this messy, ill-conceived ...

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