This evening Channel 4 screened Brexit: What The Nation Really Thinks, suggesting there has been a significant shift in public opinion from Leave to Remain. So much so that 54 per cent of the population would vote Remain if there were a second referendum. Of course, before there were a second referendum there would have to be a campaign and Remain would have to make its case far more effectively than it managed to last time. There would be the same problem of outside interests trying to affect the result too. Still, that is a significant shift in opinion. The ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Mon 5th

Faro (Algarve)

Probably like many Brits, I have always thought of Faro as an airport: the gateway to Portugal's Algarve region (or Orpington-on-sea). And as Lisbon and the Estoril coast have been such a magnet for me over the last 20 years or so, I never really thought about coming here. But the serendipity of having to [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer

Fraser's skill in mixing the stories of individuals with the story of social tensions brings out the frequent difficulty in deciding quite who or what behaviour is beyond the pale.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

So there I was in Leicester's cultural quarter, taking pictures of the streets around the Phoenix arts centre (where I saw The Little Stranger the other day). I got talking with someone who enthused about the street art around us. Picturesque decay is more my bag, but I can see the quality and the fun in much of it here.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Here's the new film from the Liberal Democrats as Tom Brake questions the government about the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Northern Rail Class 319 electric unit at Liverpool Lime Street Station Railnews has the story on its website – see link below:- Rumours that Northern has been suffering financially have been around for a while but then again that's surely no surprise to anyone based on their well-documented troubles. OPSTA (Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers Assn) and Southport Rail Transport Forum have been lobbying anyone who will listen about the poor levels of service on the Ormskirk – Preston and Southport-Wigan-Manchester Lines for a long time now, indeed the troubles as I have often said well predate the May ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

NottinghamshireLive wins our Headline of the Day Award. The cattle market is close to Notts County's ground and Meadow Lane Lock, where the Nottingham Canal joins the Trent. According to the BBC News report, the fire brigade "had problems with the water pressure from the fire hydrants and had to use a high pressure pump to get water from the canal". That report also says: The only injury reported was one man - who was reportedly bitten by a snake while moving livestock from the exotic pet business.Which explains the headline.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Mon 5th

Monday reading

Current The Prisoner and The Fugitive, by Marcel Proust Hardwired, by Walter Jon Williams Burr, by Gore Vidal Last books finished The Vampire's Curse, by Mags Halliday, Kelly Hale and Philip Purser-Hallard Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping: Twelve Stories of the Villains from Doctor Who, by Dave Rudden Hybrid, by Shaun Hutson Baptism in Blood, by Jane Haddam Next books 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, by Ruth Padel The Stone Book Quartet, by Alan Garner And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Mon 5th

Remembering Them

Now that we've reached the final week in the run up to the centenary of the end of the First World War we shall hear a great deal more about the horrors which resulted from that monumental failure of politics. Yesterday I watched a BBC 4 programme, We will Remember Them with Huw Edwards. Naturally there was a good deal of information about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and their very humane policy that all should be remembered equally, regardless of rank, religion, ethnicity, caste or anything else. Each life was equally precious I have been fortunate to have visited ...

Posted by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal
Mon 5th

the hand

I live below the hand: the empty hand that beckons on, the crooked hand, the twisted hand, the hidden hand, the hollow hand, the slipp'ry hand, the clammy hand that shakes, the hardened hand that strikes us hard by chance; the hand that always takes and never gives away. It is a skint hand, waiting: not [...]

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance!

When we send our young men and women into battle, we have a moral obligation towards them, whether their scars are visible or not. We owe them far more than a quid for a cardboard flower. Continue reading →

Posted by Simon Perks on Simon Perks
Mon 5th

Is austerity ending?

Cllr Tim Pickstone, Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners (ALDC) Chief Executive, provides the local government perspective. For the Prime Minister, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to announce, as they both have in recent weeks, that austerity is ending is an insult to everyone involved in local government. As all ALDC members will be too painfully aware, funding for local government has been cut by almost 60% since 2010 and there's further reductions to come too (and let us not forget that local government cuts were happening pre-2010 too). The reality of this squeeze on local services is ...

Posted by Tim Pickstone on Liberal Democrat Voice

LASPO, unless you have some sort of involvement with the law, probably comes across as some sort of quango that doesn't have much meaning. However, it is probably the most crucial piece of justice related legislation since the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (which established the Supreme Court). The Government's consultation on the effects of LASPO has just concluded and every organisation who has submitted evidence to the Ministry of Justice consultation has broadly said the same thing. It has not worked. What the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) did was bring about a wide range ...

Posted by Callum Robertson on Liberal Democrat Voice

Many people are upset about Arron Banks being given a slot on the BBC's prime weekend politics programme yesterday morning to try and plead his innocence over the airwaves; I will not get into that matter within in the content of this article. Nor can I make any comment on anything Arron Banks has done or has not done, and I will stress now that I am making no presumptions about that here whatsoever. What I do feel able to talk about is imagining that the fevered Remainer hopes about what Banks may have done turn out to be true, ...

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Mon 5th

My tweets

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There was an interesting interview with Labour peer Peter Hain yesterday in which he argued that the police investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism within Labour would not have happened if leader Jeremy Corbyn had been tough enough in "stamping it out". The former Welsh Secretary said anti-Semitism had become a "curse" in the party and added that it would be difficult for Labour to "command cross community support" on the issue: Speaking to BBC One's Sunday Politics Wales programme, Lord Hain said he was "very disturbed" by the investigation, "because I think it highlights what has been a curse in ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Mon 5th

Housing First

Housing First is an approach to homelessness that focuses on housing homeless people immediately, whatever their needs, and giving them direct control over their own support and treatment. The programme works by putting people in touch with housing providers, health workers, social care staff and other services. While there are about 4,750 rough sleepers in England (many with mental health and addiction problems), there are far larger numbers of homeless families in temporary accommodation. Few homeless families have the high support needs of rough sleepers; most are poor. What these families need first and foremost is an adequate, affordable home. ...

Posted by Joe Bourke on Liberal Democrat Voice

After last Sunday's win in the Brazilian presidential election, supporters of Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets clad in the yellow and green colours of the Brazilian flag. That people and parties with more liberal and open political platforms have everywhere allowed the extreme right wing to appropriate the national flag and the power of [...] The post How liberals handed over national flags to the far right appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Joe Zammit-Lucia on Radix

Talk about gunpowder, treason and plot. It's been that sort of weekend, with the exposure of Theresa May's supposedly secret plot to keep the United Kingdom in the Customs Union, or a Customs Union, or something with the words 'customs' and 'union' in it. I do find myself wondering how both Labour and the Liberal Democrats respond to any 'deal' which keeps us in the Customs Union. You might reasonably assume that there would be some Conservative rebels, and the DUP might be flaky, so, in order to get such a deal through the Commons, some Labour support might be ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

Remember the ill-fated Kirkby Ski Slope project from the mid-1970's? It was the talk of Merseyside for quite a while but whilst it was meant to be for downhill skiing the whole project went down the hill far too fast to the great embarrassment of the Council of the day. The Liverpool Echo has the story on its website – see link below

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

[IMG: Will Trump's appeal to nationalism backfire in the mid-term election?] The New York Times has published an article suggesting that Donald Trump's appeal to nationalism as the defining factor to sway voters his way may be backfiring. With the elections only a day away now,... The post Will Trump's appeal to nationalism backfire in the mid-term election? appeared first on FeministMama.

Posted by ambitiousmamas on FeministMama

Does this look like a brownfield site to you? No me neither. Does it look like part of the Park? It does to me and to you I have no doubt! On the day that local campaigners travel to the ... Continue reading →

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How are the Fallowfield cycle loop, the first stadium rock gig, Pentacostal theology, and a tall skinny papa who wants a big fat mama all connected? By Sister Rosetta Tharpe, of course, as you'll hear if you listen to the ... Continue reading →

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