With the cancellation of Seaborne Freight's contract yesterday, shares in Rutland Ferries will probably rise further when the Oakham Exchange opens on Monday morning. Did the old boy know something we didn't? Thursday A blowy day on Rutland Water as I join the crowds thronging Oakham Quay to watch the day's ferry sail for the Hook of Holland. The Empress of Rutland is certainly a fine vessel, and it happens that my majority shareholding in Rutland Ferries has proved something of a goldmine of late. I had a phone call from one Grayling (he managed to cut himself off twice ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Good news from the Swindon Advertiser: A blue plaque to pay tribute to the Swindon-born poet Richard Jefferies is being planned for 2019. The museum and place where the poet was born, which was recently re-thatched by Swindon Borough Council costing £30,000, may soon have a new addition to its walls.They may have said it twice, but Jefferies was not a poet. He is most celebrated as a nature essayist, but I am more interested in his Bevis, which was a huge influence on the holiday adventure genre of children's books, and After London, which was an early work of ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Thanks to a nomination from a reader, Teesside Live wins Headline of the Day.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

A reminder of the many ways in which Leave campaigners have already been caught breaking the law for the 2016 European referendum: A reminder of how Leave campaigners have already been caught breaking the law... #Brexit — LibDemNewswire [IMG: 🔶] (@LibDemNewswire) March 25, 2018 Thanks to this widespread, serious and proven law-breaking, there's a compelling case for a People's Vote.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

[IMG: Harassment excuse about Tory MP's behaviour defies belief] Sometimes I feel as if I have heard it all but then something new comes along which makes me realise that the cesspit really is a bottomless one. No pun intended but a Tory MP... The post Harassment excuse about Tory MP's behaviour defies belief appeared first on FeministMama.

Posted by ambitiousmamas on FeministMama

Vince Cable has become the first party leader to come out in favour of the legalisation of assisted dying. We don't often link to the Daily Mail, but will make an exception for Vince's incredibly moving article. He talked about losing both his mother and his first wife and how he at that point was opposed to assisted dying becoming legal. He says he has changed his mind after listening to the concerns of constituents. And he describes how he and his wife Rachel have discussed the issue: We both agreed that if 'assisted dying' were legal, we could not ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Daniel Lewis, Nigel Ashton and Yaso Sathiy, Focus Editor are holding their next advice centre in Churchtown. We will be at BoxTree Kitchen for Queenscourt café, Manor Road/Cambridge Road, roundabout, from 10:30 to 11.30am on Thursday 28th February. We also hold a monthly advice centre in Crossens, at St John's School, Rufford Road, Crossens every month (except August) on the second Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:00. We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary. Just pop in.

Posted by John Dodd on Meols Lib Dems

I was off to Winchester this morning to do some training in 'digital canvassing' with a great room full of activists and an impromptu projector stand.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 9th

Future MegaCities


Posted by jfefleming on Whatever's Left

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below I recall going to watch the bucket fountain as a young lad and yes it can be mesmerising as described in the Echo article. I also agree that it's almost hidden location is a part of its charm. I've signed the petition and would urge others to do so as well. Here's a link to it:-

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Sat 9th

My tweets

Fri, 13:11: Neil is learning Chechen. https://t.co/0xJRG7si3j Fri, 13:50: My office is fortunately around the corner from @filigranes365, the biggest bookshop in Brussels, with a superb com... https://t.co/NC0godN5TI Fri, 14:26: RT @EdLlewellynFCO: I have hurried past platform 8 at Victoria Station countless times, but I had never noticed this sign, until this morni... Fri, 16:27: RT @APCOBXLInsider: The Franco-German #aachentreaty is much more than symbol politics, writes #APCOworldwide's @joanna_klever. Visit https:... Fri, 18:50: Brilliant pessimistic thread from @pmdfoster. Myself I am a little more optimistic - I think Corbyn shift gives bet... https://t.co/RsF7vVqcyt Fri, 19:07: RT @guyverhofstadt: Hi @KateHoeyMP, thanks ...

There are many top Tories who are determined to modernise the Conservative Party in the hope of it beginning to look like modern Britain. Unfortunately, polls of Tory members consistently demonstrate how out-of-touch they are with the majority of people in this country. As the New Statesman reports, for example, the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Party Members Project's survey of Conservative Party activists in June last year found large majorities in favour of a no-deal Brexit and just 14 per cent supporting a second referendum in the event that Theresa May's deal is voted down. That result was widely ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Although published now nearly a century ago - in 1927 - Harold Lamb's highly successful biography Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men is still well worth a read.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

The short, winding coastal road from the port of Muttrah to Oman's capital, Muscat, was the first in the country to be paved. Even the current Sultan's arch-Conservative father recognised that it would be sensible if goods being brought into the country arrived in one piece. But the trucks bringing produce to Muscat needed to [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer

People who know about the world market for medical supplies and medicines, basic human necessities in any civilized society, can only agree with Donald Tusk that many bullhorning Brexiteers never did have a clue how to safely execute Brexit in all its aspects and consequences. In her article of 31st January, Caron Lindsay pointed to the growing insecurity around the delivery to British patients and the NHS generally of medicines etcetera imported from the continental EU. But it also disrupts patient security on the continent, and in the Netherlands in a life-threatening way. On Wednesday 6th February, the Dutch parliament ...

Posted by Bernard Aris on Liberal Democrat Voice

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 9 AND SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2019 Nethergate (at South Tay Street) - temporary traffic lights from Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February for Virgin Media Work. REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019 West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) - northbound nearside lane closure (9.00am - 4.00pm) from Monday 11 February for one week for BT works. Forthcoming Roadworks Bellfield Street - off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development ...