[IMG: Would you sit in front of a dart board while darts are being thrown?] This is a New Year message from Halle the Polydactyl cat who joined our family on 1 December aged 10 weeks. What is a New Year resolution if it doesn't involve being a disruptive force... The post Would you sit in front of a dart board while darts are being thrown? appeared first on @ambitiousmamas.

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Wed 1st


Sliding down a ladder-worth of concepts from my makeshift eyrie in the sky – blown almost-out-of-mind while scanning the horizon for some-or-other threats – I fell into the glue-pot, push-of-pike across the ditch and sticking-in; to make progress from day-to-day, perhaps in the direction of tomorrow?Reality enabled, when I stabbed an ice-axein the bones, the skull, of a beholder;A clear-cut fall from grace, back-litagainst its own disfiguring defaults

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance!

With the end of another quarter, another update to PollBase, my database of British voting intention opinion polls since 1943 is now up. It includes all 455 national voting intention polls from the last Parliament (or rather 454 plus one possible-tweeted-but-not-otherwise-confirmed YouGov poll). Aside from another three months of data, this update includes: Notes on whether past Survation polls were UK or Great Britain-wide. Most pollsters carry out their voting intention polls on the latter basis, i.e. excluding Northern Ireland. However, Survation usually polls on a UK basis. Thank you to Damian Lyons Lowe for helping me with these updates. ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

I am slowly coming to terms with Britain's recent general election. So far I have published my thoughts on my own party, the Lib Dems. I actually spend more of my time following and thinking about Labour. This is partly displacement activity and partly because what happens to that party is so important for mine. ... Continue reading What are we to expect from the Tories?

Posted by Matthew on thinking liberal

Second paragraph of third chapter:"It would have been a girl, my king," said Breguswith. "It would have been your peaceweaver."I start the year with ten books which I read last month but have not yet blogged. Will clear that backlog over the next week or so. First up is Hild, by Nicola Griffith, a fictionalised account of the childhood of St Hilda of Whitby. There are no fantasy elements - Hild is treated as a seer by her king and his household, but in fact she is just very observant and smart. Griffith really brings seventh-century Britain (especially what's now ...

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called on Britons to heal their divisions as we enter the New Year. This exhortation is, I suppose, a little more sensitive than those people who have been saying ad nauseam, "You lost. Get over it!" But the Archbishop's choice of words does not seem to acknowledge the [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer
Wed 1st

My tweets

Tue, 12:56: Andre & Anor v Clydesdale Bank Plc [2013] https://t.co/BPc1YxxShY A long read but fascinating: the case of the miss... https://t.co/dDRuRFE5An Tue, 15:26: Tuesday and December books roundup https://t.co/rTXHgY7N6b Tue, 16:07: My 2019 books https://t.co/NvC4hFouTC Tue, 16:44: The best books that I read in 2019, in five sections and eight tweets. i) Science Fiction and Fantasy 3) _Childre... https://t.co/LGll6PSalQ Tue, 17:11: A thought as the year ends: 學而不思則罔,思而不學則殆。 Xué ér bù sī zé wǎng, sī ér bù xué zé dài. Confucius: Learning witho... https://t.co/bQBjzOwBEj Tue, 20:29: 2019 books poll https://t.co/5cnku35tHi Tue, 20:48: RT @barry_shep: Townlands in Ireland containing 'Bally'. ...

Despite pledging in his New Year message to end the "rancour and uncertainty" of 2019, and who claiming he wants to reach out to remainers, Boris Johnson continues to confound and frustrate any attempt at bringing the country together. As the Independent reports, the Prime Minister's New Year message, issued as he was enjoying a luxury break on the Caribbean paradise of Mustique, in a reputed £40,000-a-week villa with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, was just more of the same nonsense with which he bewitched a sizeable number of voters on 12th December. Johnson insisted he was poised to begin cooking ...

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Liberal Democrat Newswire is the free monthly newsletter I produce about what's going on in the party, how the party is doing in elections and polls, the latest campaigns and policies and what the plans are for the future.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

I've watched the Boris Johnson New Year greeting to the nation – feel free to take a look if you're so inclined – and am as unimpressed as I am unsurprised. We are promised a decade of growth and innovation, a better NHS, safer streets, an improved environment, and so on and so forth. All very nice, after all, how could anyone disagree with any of that? But, despite the suggestion that we are being invited to pull together, that we now have "a People's Government, delivering the People's priorities" (yes, he really did say that... again), he said little ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

It is no surprise that the price of renovations to Ludlow Assembly Rooms has soared over budget. Costs have hit the ceiling requiring an extra £1.75m from Shropshire Council. That funding is welcome. In a private session before Christmas, the council's cabinet reluctantly agreed the extra money. Cabinet members also decided that the agreed transfer for the Assembly Rooms to Ludlow's community will be reduced from a period of 125 years to just three years. This will allow Shropshire Council take over the facility in 2023. It can then flog it if wants to. The council is also to negotiate ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington

Crossens Saturday, 11th January, St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens, from 11am to 12 noon. Churchtown Thursday, 23rd January, Botanic Gardens cafe (Settle Inn), from 10:30 to 11.30am. 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 welcome guest posts on Liberal England. So if you have views on what the Liberal Democrats should do next, why not share them here? As you can see from this list of the 10 most recent guests posts, I am happy to consider a wide range of subjects beyond the Lib Dems If you would like to write a guest post yourself, please drop me an email so we can discuss your idea. Social Liberal Forum conference promotes big ideas - Helen FlynnFor Liberalism to succeed we must embrace all of its creed - Patrick MaxwellForgotten Victorian folklore collectors: ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

After more than a decade of being deeply engaged with all things Liberal Democrat, I find myself entering a new year with surprisingly little responsibility. Term limits meant that my time as a member of the ALDE Party's Financial Advisory Committee came to an end in October after eight satisfying years, and I lost my place on Federal International Relations Committee which, given how surprised I was to have been elected to it in the first place, came as no great shock. At least I lost to some good people... What this means is that I only hold one formal ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy

Here in Boston, we're five hours behind most of you, but I wish you all the best, nonetheless. Sleep well!

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy


Wed 1st

Happy New Year!

Not going to lie, I'm still reeling from the rollercoaster we've been on this year. The physical exhaustion of the general election campaign is slowly diminishing, but, for me, the emotional effect is still weighing heavy. In January 2019, we were starting to make a tiny step forward and were in double figures in the polls most of the time. We had 12 MPs who were doing their damnedest to make sure we didn't leave the EU on 29th March. Jo Swinson was just about to come back to full time work after her maternity leave. We had high hopes ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice