If you want to know, download the new Liberator free of charge from the magazine's website. Alongside the usual selection of articles, you will find the indispensable Radical Bulletin section. Stories this time include: A row over the policy motion on a federal UK passed at conferenceThe future of conference after the success of our September virtual eventWhat's going on in Witney? And tomorrow we begin another visit to Bonkers Hall.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

The website Mad In America is serialising the British psychiatrist Sami Timimi's book 'Insane medicine: How the mental health industry creates damaging treatment traps and how you can escape them'. So far the first three chapters have appeared. Part 1 of chapter 3 deals with what Timimi calls the 'manufacture' of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder): After 1957, the number of medical articles about children with the "symptoms" of ADHD, escalated exponentially in the United States, and later in other countries. In the previous half century, medical literature, particularly that influenced by psychoanalytic ideas, was more concerned with withdrawn, shy, "neurotic" children. ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

I blogged the other day about how the water for Market Harborough locomotive shed came from the canal. That post had photos of the sluice at the top of Logan Street where it was drawn off and the pipe that carried it across the Welland. I've now foundone of where it came out. It was taken on 30 October 1959 and shows a locomotive beside the shed's water column. The caption on Geograph runs:'Vulcan' - the final 'Austerity' 2-8-0 - at Market Harborough. View eastwards, north of Market Harborough station: ex-Midland Main line, London St Pancras to the North, junction ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Charity Living Streets has today been promoting a national day of action against pavement parking. #BanPavementParking. Vehicles parked on the pavement are one of the blights of our modern life. Cars, HGVs, vans. All owned by drivers that feel free to block the pavement. To force pedestrians and mobility scooter users out into the traffic. Making it difficult and sometimes impossible for the pavements to be used for their main purpose. Pedestrians and people with limited mobility or sight are relegated to second class citizens. Their rights are secondary to car users, even though pavements are meant for people who ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill is a significant piece of legislation which aims to transform local democracy in Wales.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Second paragraph of third essay ("Edax on Appetite"):You must know, then, that I have been visited with a calamity ever since my birth. How shall I mention it without offending delicacy? Yet out it must. My sufferings, then, have all arisen from a most inordinate appetite——Collection of Lamb's writings on literature etc, but I'm afraid I found my general lack of interest in the subject matter too profound to appreciate the occasional rhetorical flourishes of his writing and gave up sixty pages in. You can get it here. This was the non-fiction book that had lingered longest unread on my ...

Boris Johnson has clearly demonstrated this week that he is a severe threat to Scotland's place within the United Kingdom. Liberal Democrats need to consider any strategy which can give Scots a vision of a progressive United Kingdom freed from Boris Johnson's "leadership". This is a speech I intended to deliver at Scottish conference last month, and I dearly hope this course can be seriously considered and deployed in good time to positively affect our performance in elections next May. "I am deeply worried about Scotland's place in the United Kingdom. I see polls showing support for Independence at 58%. ...

Posted by Ewan Hoyle on Liberal Democrat Voice
Wed 18th

Q 6/11

The other day We just dipped in, into the darkest quarter. Not the worst for us, just yet: only a test, a trial and a foretaste of what is going to come In which we watch, implicated, while they choke on faded promises of more, the clogging fallen leaves leftover from an ineffective, disconnected year As we remain afloat, our launch buoyed [...]

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance!
Wed 18th

My tweets

Tue, 12:56: Blocked. https://t.co/QfhD9SgBIQ Tue, 13:45: RT @Tom_deWaal: The Lachin Corridor opens Tue, 13:51: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged: One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. https://t.co/c1tBODKl6f Tue, 14:44: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey Supposedly one of the Great Australian Novels. I was engaged by it pleasantly enough, but the eventual tragic ending seemed to me just a little far-fetched. #nwbooks https://t.co/XGz3y7Sgs2 https://t.co/nYt0wfeBNG https://t.co/e0kZs6Z1hT Tue, 15:07: Alias ...

Today I have written to the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, asking for his support in encouraging employers to adopt safe home working practices. The letter comes after I received emails from employees saying that although they had worked from ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Wed 18th

The cronyvirus culture

In my experience National Audit Office reports are largely measured and cautious, which makes it all the more damning when they really let rip. That is why the latest offering on the procurement of personal protection equipment during the pandemic is so potent. As the Independent says, the report identifies that hundreds of firms were fast-tracked for lucrative potential Covid-19 contracts after tips from ministers and MPs as £18bn was handed out under emergency rules: The way procurement and transparency rules were ripped up in the scramble for equipment - with some deals secured by Conservative allies - is sharply ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

i) births and deaths 18 November 1932: birth of Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Litefoot in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Fourth Doctor, 1977) and reprised the role for Big Finish 18 November 1934: birth of Mitzi McKenzie, who played Mrs Martin in Colony in Space (Third Doctor, 1971) and Nancy in The Green Death (Third Doctor, 1973). 18 November 1948: birth of Paul Jerricho who played the Castellan in both Arc of Infinity (Fifth Doctor, 1983) and The Five Doctors (Fifth Doctor era, also 1983). 18 November 1953: birth of Alan Moore, acclaimed comics writer whose early work included five ...

Residents will recall that I had recently raised with the City Council the need to complete the consultation on a possible residents' parking scheme for a significant area in the east and north of the West End Ward. The consultation was abruptly suspended back in March due to the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 health emergency. As I indicated to council officers, I do not want to see this kicked into the long grass as the parking problems for many residents continue. The council's Parking and Sustainable Transport Team Leader has now updated councillors as follows : "The report on ...