Hallaton is a picturesque village a few miles north east of Market Harborough that also has its pagan side. I mean to visit it again one day and take some photographs. I recently came across this fine photograph of its Norman castle, which has been described as "one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in Leicestershire". That Hallaton Castle Hill Camp page tells a story of interest to this blog: In the summer of 1877 railway engineers 'excavated' the site. They sank 2 shafts into the mound. 'Natural' was 17'6" down. Then a layer of peat ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

I have been waiting all my life for a Yorkshire Doctor and now we've got one! Yay! In no particular order, I things especially loved included ( SPOILERS! ), onna train! Also ( SPOILERS! ), the stunning performance of ( SPOILERS! ), and actually ( SPOILERS! ). But OMG Jodie Whittaker! She's so utterly Doctor! Genuinely, genuinely loved her, and I'm so relieved. Can't wait for next week! [IMG: Carlton does a happy dance] [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 531st weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere ... Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (30 September – 6 October, 2018), together with a hand-picked seven you might otherwise have missed. Don't forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging. As ever, let's start with the most popular post, and work our way down: 1. Liberal Democrat poll ratings ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

When Neil O'Brien was hurriedly chosen as Conservative candidate for Harborough when last year's general election was announced, he was written up as one of the party's thinkers. Judged on that basis, he has proved something of a disappointment. He deleted his tweets as soon as he was elected and refused to tell people how he had voted in the EU referendum. My guess is that he voted Remain (he was a close associate of George Osborne), but did not want to upset his new constituency party, who most vocal members at least are strongly pro-Leave. But it is only ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Daniel Lewis, Nigel Ashton and Yaso Sathiy, Focus Editor are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 13th October. from 11 am to 12 noon at St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens. We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary. Just pop in. We also hold a monthly advice centre in Churchtown, at BoxTree Kitchen for Queenscourt café, Manor Road/Cambridge Road, roundabout, fourth Thursday of every month (except December) from 10:30 to: 11.30 am. We will be there to meet you and discuss any ...

Posted by John Dodd on Meols Lib Dems

Other Mark Packs are rather thin on the ground. Those who pop up most often are, to all outward appearances, admirable humans. The successful businessman in the mid-West in the US, or the up and coming artist.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Yesterday I headed to Sunderland to attend the People's Vote march and rally. Interesting time! The rally was pursued by Brexiteers who attempted to drown out the speeches and invade the rally. They looked like a bunch of heavies you would expect to see at a Far Right gathering. There was a good speech by Anna Soubry, the key speaker. Once Brexit has been sorted (if it ever will be), she needs

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace

"Labour is offering a radical plan to rebuild and transform Britain", Jeremy Corbyn declared at the recent Labour Conference. He said people knew the old way of running things wasn't working any more, and boldly claimed that Labour had defined "the new common sense". Liberal Democrats had already agreed at our Conference, "The current British economy is simply not working for enough people today." Passing the motion F27 on Jobs and Business, we had resolved "to work towards creating a new economy that really works for everyone." This followed the declaration in our 2017 Manifesto that "We need a radical ...

Posted by Katharine Pindar on Liberal Democrat Voice

The Cruelty Is the Point Utterly depressing article about Trump and his supporters. Physicists Condemn Sexism Through 'Particles for Justice' Banksy artwork shreds itself after £1m sale at Sotheby's You've got to hand it to him. Or her. Or them. Regeneration game: A look back at every new Doctor Who from 1963 to the present ... which features, unusually, a fair assessment of The Twin Dilemma. If you like what you see here (or even if you don't) please consider dropping me a tip: [IMG: Paypal Donate Button] [IMG: Buy Me an uncaffeinated beverage (because I'm allergic to coffee) at ...

On Friday, Gateshead's Health Scrutiny Committee (I am a member), visited Dunston Hill Hospital which the local health trust wants to close. The services there have been gradually reduced over the decades with the result that only two functions are carried out there in one unit, with the rest of the site now derelict. My annoyance with the closure process is that a new home has not been found

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace
Sun 7th

Nina Simone: Sinnerman

What if I know this from television commercials? It is still brilliant . The website dedicated to the career and memory of Nina Simone tells her story: Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina on February 21st, 1933, Nina's prodigious talent as a musician was evident early on when she started playing piano by ear at the age of three. Her mother, a Methodist minister, and her father, a handyman and preacher himself, couldn't ignore young Eunice's God-given gift of music. Raised in the church on the straight and narrow, her parents taught her right from wrong, to carry ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

More comedy genius from Australia's Clarke and Dawe, this time from 2016 with Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister being quizzed.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

On Thursday a site visit was held by Gateshead's planning committee to the Starling Walk in Sunniside. I am battling a planning application for the site there to be used for 8 houses and 10 bungalows. My argument is that this site should be used for housing for older people. There should be 10 bungalows there, not 8 houses. The houses will also be facing into the apartments in Sun Hill Court,

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace
Sun 7th

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: Migrants contribute more to Britain than they take, and will carry on doing so https://t.co/ke8srhPohx @Economist c... https://t.co/WQpQhpzRxP Sat, 16:05: Canaries in the Coal Mine: How the Government is Treating Immigrants and Their Advocates https://t.co/6SrIt3QbYz In... https://t.co/GLT0JsvIpS Sat, 16:43: My assessment too, despite @Jeremy_Hunt's ridiculous comments. https://t.co/QGPRIpJ4gB Sat, 17:58: I disagree with a lot of Matthew Goodwin's analysis but I think his conclusions here are mostly right. (I reckon th... https://t.co/y4BYEnFUaO Sat, 20:48: The Suffocation of Democracy https://t.co/HJun0q92UT On Weimar and Trump's America. Sat, 21:21: RT @AKimCampbell: Apparently her disapproval plus three bucks will buy you a latte! ...

Sometimes it's hard to keep positive. As the evidence stacks up that Brexit is going to at the very least harm us and at worst mean food and drug shortages and ground flights, the Government continues to reject the democratic option of getting the people to mark its homework. Accountability is vital in any democracy. This Government should be facing every day with more than a mild degree of trepidation. However, Jeremy Corbyn has not given them much in the way of bother at all. There is a chance that a parliamentary alliance of moderate Labour and Tory MPs, us, ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Those of us who lived through the abortive Welsh badger cull, nearly eight years ago now, will not be surprised at the UK Government's tactics in support of their own slaughter on the other side of Offa's Dyke. It is worth noting, in the light of the repositioning of Plaid Cymru as a left wing movement for independence, that back in 2010 a Plaid Cymru Minister presided over Government contractors wearing balaclavas and sunglasses so as to hide their identities, forcing their way onto people's land so as to carry out legally-sanctioned surveys. And when landowners challenged them and sought ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

This week, in a move described as "worrying" by LGBT+ Lib Dems, the National Autistic Society removed all links to the trans youth charity Mermaids from their Gender page. Yesterday they reversed their decision and apologised. As a trans person with autism myself, I know it's crucial that signposting to proper support is essential. We have apologised to @mermaids_gender and we will be reinstating the links to them next week and then reviewing the information using our normal processes. — National Autistic Society (@Autism) October 6, 2018 I was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old. It's a diagnosis that ...

Posted by Aimee Challenor on Liberal Democrat Voice

I've raised this issue a few times recently as back when the Poppy Fields housing estate site was down to be a new prison there was, along with the new Maghull North Station, an access path to be constructed right through to Park Lane. The path was brought into the the design of the site so to provide easier access to the new station for residents in the Park Lane area. Here's part of the access path looking towards Park Lane from Maghull North Station car park. Like Goldcrest Road it was constructed as part of the initial works for ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

With the schools now closed for the October holidays, my usual weekly ward surgeries do not recommence until after the school holidays. However, I can still be contacted on any local issues or concerns through my e-surgery - just e-mail esurgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk. Surgeries recommence on Monday 22nd October - surgery details are available here. I can also be contacted at home at any time on 459378 and also during office hours at my Dundee City Council office on 434985.