Liberal Democrat peers have defeated the Government on a key vote on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Amendment 15, tabled jointly by Liberal Democrat frontbench spokesperson Brian Paddick and two Labour peers, creates exemptions to the new offence of "entering or remaining in a designated area" so that it doesn't apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals. The amendment passed by 220 votes to 191. Liberal Democrat peers also voted for another amendment, tabled jointly by Lord Paddick and Baroness Jones, to limit the Bill's impact on freedom of speech. However, Labour abstained ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats

Responding to the announcement that the Speaker of the House has granted a debate on the cross-party contempt motion over the Government's refusal to fully publish the Brexit legal advice, cosignatory Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, Tom Brake said:"Parliament is finally taking back control from this chaotic government."The Attorney General put on a good show, but the House did not want TV drama. MPs expect the publication of the full legal Brexit advice before the debates on the withdrawal deal begin."The government must not be allowed to use this chaotic situation to take focus away from the mess they are making ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Mon 3rd
22:12

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Michael Taylor makes the case for trade unions: "As a lifelong member of first the National Union of Teachers and then the University and Colleges Union, I can assert with authority that without Trades Union support I would have been in great difficulty at a number of points in my career." "We have a government of hypocrites that is happy to draw votes from people through fearmongering, but which, when shamed by single cases of cruelty, pretends there is no link. And we have been failed by an opposition that historically has either followed the same policies, or has preferred ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Liberal Democrat peers have defeated the Government on a key vote on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Amendment 15, tabled jointly by Liberal Democrat frontbench spokesperson Brian Paddick and two Labour peers, creates exemptions to the new offence of "entering or remaining in a designated area" so that it doesn't apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals. The amendment passed by 220 votes to 191. Liberal Democrat peers also voted for another amendment, tabled jointly by Lord Paddick and Baroness Jones, to limit the Bill's impact on freedom of speech. However, Labour abstained ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

The awful English mania for respectability that is blamed on the Victorians really dates from the early decades of the 20th century. But even then we could be more subversive than you might expect. Rosemary Hill writes about Queen Mary - wife of George V, mother of George VI and grandmother of our present Queen - in the London Review of Books: The present queen was not the only person to feel, when her grandmother Queen Mary died in 1953, that she 'could not imagine a world without her'. The 'old queen', as she was generally known to the public, ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

If there is a Peoples Vote it is not clear that Remain would win. For Remain to be guaranteed to win we would be much higher than 10% in the polls. Our leaders need to understand what is driving people to support Brexit, and have some answers. Campaigning in this Brexit Capital of the Midlands (Newcastle under Lyme), the reasons people want Brexit are obvious. Some of the reasons have an element of truth; others are totally false, fuelled by the Brexit Campaign and the tabloid press. Some of the arguments they put forward that we must provide answers to ...

Posted by David Becket on Liberal Democrat Voice
Mon 3rd
17:15

Monday reading

Current The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon Last books finished And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini All The King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers, ed. Robert Smith? Fools, by Pat Cadigan Next books Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin The Name of This Book Is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch Perilous Dreams, by Andre Norton

Well done everybody. We've deleted an earlier version of this video that incorrectly described Sir David Attenborough as a 'naturist.' We of course meant to describe him as a naturalist. We regret the error.— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) December 3, 2018

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Patrick Maxwell fears identity politics and the fight against Brexit are undermining Liberalism in the Liberal Democrats. Liberalism is the most popular political ideal in the world. The notions of freedom and justice have had the power through the centuries to inspire and drive social, political and economic freedom. Despite this, the creed espoused by the greatest civil rights activists and the big beasts of international suffrage seems in danger of succumbing to the identity politics mob and losing its original purpose and soul. The dawn of identity politics has led to liberal values being widely distorted. Centrist politics remains ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

I spent the last weekend in Chester with friends. On Saturday morning we walked around the city and retook a series of six photographs that my father shot in 1952. Five of the locations were straightforward to find. The sixth location remains somewhat of a mystery (at least to me.) I'm hoping to be back [...] The post Chester in 1952 vs 2018 appeared first on ten pence piece.

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Your annual reminder that I don't do Christmas. However! It is my birthday on the 27th of December, and things have been a little more financially strained this year than they have in recent years, so here are the links to two of my wishlists: - Master of Malt - Amazon Master of Malt is there for those of you who have moral objections to amazon, and amazon is there for those of you who have moral objections to drinking. A gift from amazon might last longer than a gift from Master of Malt, but it matters less if a ...

Bias in Britain: explore the poll results | The Guardian An interesting artefact in this data is the results in the questions where they separate out white men. Obviously white men do suffer from some discrimination, esp if they are perceived to be lower class, or GBT+, for example. But it's interesting that white men perceive themselves to be more discriminated against than white women do. I wonder how much of that is perceptual (when you're used to privilege any move towards equality feels like oppression) and how much of it is real? WillowTree wants to help eliminate the gender ...

Mon 3rd
11:00

My tweets

Sun, 12:56: Frail OAP faces deportation after Home Office say he's not ill enough to stay with wife https://t.co/YvnoiuLHTW Bri... https://t.co/bn7DYAN86w Sun, 14:48: Frosty The Snowman Is Probably A Lich https://t.co/MYPAM8vJqk Well, it's a point of view. Sun, 16:05: People Getting Stabbed In Medieval Art Who Just Don't Give a Damn https://t.co/Weuf3HhI6A Rather glorious. Sun, 16:30: Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Peanuts in London and California https://t.co/aFCu4tQsit Sun, 19:58: RT @EPP: Several accounts were mistakenly blocked this weekend. We have unblocked the accounts and those affected will be able to read our... Sun, 20:48: RT @thewritertype: My humanist nativity tableau features ...

The British media see things in a rather black and white way and often things can be like that. However, in politics especially at the moment, things are actually many shades of grey. Just look at this article from the BBC website about how many Conservative Brexit factions there are:- www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46386172 And of course, Labour is also split. Their leadership is Brexit leaning it's just that they want a different deal to the one that May has negotiated. Corbyn, of course, has always been anti-EU. However, lots of Labour MP's are pro-EU and anti-Brexit although with many Labour constituency party ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

On Sunday, November 25, a conflict that was thought to be frozen suddenly came to life. A tug and two small patrol boats from the Ukrainian navy had left the port of Odessa on the Black Sea to reach Mariupol on the Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov. They were intercepted by Russian coastguards off the Kerch Strait [...] The post The dangerous deterioration of the Ukrainian conflict appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Renaud Girard on Radix

There has been for some time a substantial number of Liberal Democrats who think that Trades Unions are an anachronism. They are wrong. In the neoliberal times in which we live, one of the main neoliberal aims is to weaken wage earners so that companies can force down wages, leaving lower wage earners poorer and at the mercy of unscrupulous employers. The result is zero hours contracts and poverty wages. Trades Unions are a block to this neoliberal aim so, starting with Thatcher, they set about weakening unions and deterring people from joining them. You only have to read the ...

Posted by Michael Taylor on Liberal Democrat Voice

The UK Government is very bullish about one aspect of its so-called Brexit deal, the alleged end of free movement, but is that such a good thing? The Confederation of British Industry is not so sure. As the Guardian reports, they believe that the new immigration system, which places severe limits on low-skilled immigration, risks inflicting "massive damage" to livelihoods and communities: Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of British Industry, issued her sternest warning to date about the new "global system" being drawn up by the government, which is expected to place major restrictions on visas for low-skilled workers. ...

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2018 Perth Road (at Riverside Place) - off-peak temporary traffic lights for one week for drainage works.

New episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs now up, only five hours late after massive problems. It's on Les Paul and Mary Ford's "How High The Moon", and also has stuff about Django Reinhardt and ... Continue reading →

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