The former Liberal Democrat transport minister Norman Baker turned up in an item on rural bus services on Farming Today last week - the item starts at 6:05. Now the adviser to the Campaign for Better Transport, Norman calls for a reform of the funding of bus services to prevent further cuts.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

The Hastings & St Leonards Observer wins our Headline of the Day Award.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Second paragraph of third chapter:But no. There were no scales or wings at allWhen I last reread this in 2011, I wrote:The second book of the famous trilogy, in which the evil Steerpike's plans to dominate Gormenghast Castle are resolved in vicious single combat with Titus Groan, the 77th earl. When I first read this, at least a quarter of a century ago, the two scenes that really stuck in my mind were the grotesque deaths of Deadyawn the headmaster, killed in a bizarre incident where his wheelchair intersects with a deadly schoolboy game, and of the twin aunts of ...

If I am honest, I am only just hanging on as a member. I was desperate for Layla Moran to win the Leadership election. With her modern day articulation of Charles Kennedy's 'The Future of Politics' – the book which persuaded me to join the Party in 2002. She was unsullied by the Coalition years; she was the fresh, engaging face that I wanted (and still want) for the Party. I went to ground after the Leadership election. Trying to be a good member. Trying not to be too critical of the new Leader. But with months on top of ...

Posted by Nick Perry on Liberal Democrat Voice

Every day the Liverpool Lib Dem team take up dozens of issues big and small. Often, we seek no publicity for them because they are very small scale, or are sensitive for a variety of reasons. On other occasions we ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Mon 22nd
14:54

Fly-Tipping!

The BBC has the article on its website, see link below:- www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56128314 A subject I've blogged about many times before and one that completely exasperates me as the country lanes which I cycle are always having rubbish dumped alongside them. Only last week I found Spurriers Lane/Outlet Lane (Melling/Simonswoood- Merseyside/West lancs) in its depressingly usual state, a state it seems to have been in for more years than I care to recall. And yet the regular fly-tippers don't ever seem to be brought to book for their acts of environmental ruination, or so it seems to me anyway. I recall ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

Any reader of a centre left website like LDV will be well acquainted with the world of "whataboutery". Any article on any injustice can be upended by a "whatabout" list of other injustices; sometimes with the snide implication that the author is a fake for even raising the original injustice. In his book "Jews don't count" David Baddiel is well aware of the risks of "whataboutery" but he is surely right to plough on with his argument that the British left does not take anti-semitism as seriously as other racism and prejudice. Baddiel's grandparents were robbed of everything and had ...

Posted by Ruth Bright on Liberal Democrat Voice

Here at justLiberals we love a practical, grassroots approach to politics - it's all good and well Liberals pontificating over the best policies (and debating the minutiae of those policies), but at some point you need to go out and win an election. This is why we're pleased to see the Lib Dems for Basic Income, the Basic Income Conversation, the Social Liberal Forum and the Compass Lib Dem Network come together to work out how to turn this new policy (passed overwhelmingly by members at conference last year) into part of a winning campaign. Joining them are: Jane Dodds, ...

Posted on justLiberals
Mon 22nd
12:40

The spirit of 1945?

Sir Keir Starmer's speech last week in which he attempted to set the agenda for a post-pandemic Britain, called for a "spirit of 1945." Others had made similar calls: we must learn the lessons of the pandemic, they teach us that the the UK as at present run is "not fit for purpose" and the public mood will not allow us to go back to the existing ways; there must be a change of direction. Well, I was only eight in 1945 and so not in a position to say too much judge of the public mood then, but history ...

Posted by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal

The following elections are taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021: Police and Crime Commissioner election Kent County Council elections Folkestone Council ward of Folkestone Town Council by election Sandgate Village ward of S [IMG: Folkestone and Hythe Postal Vote] andgate Parish Council by election New Romney Town ward of New Romney Town council by election If you feel anxious about leaving home at the moment you could consider a postal vote. Please contact the elections team on 01303 853497 or at elections@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk to request a postal vote application form. Applications for postal votes must be received by 5pm on ...

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The Mirror reports that the UK's elections watchdog has been urged to investigate whether 'third party' campaign groups collaborated to flood social media with anti-Labour attack ads: Campaign groups spent as much as £700,000 on ads attacking Jeremy Corbyn and Labour policies during the 2019 election campaign, without declaring any of their donors. But they're banned from joining forces to plan such campaigns to get around legal spending limits. The Mirror revealed on Friday that a group run by Tory activist Jennifer Powers had spent £65,000 on dozens of ads attacking Jeremy Corbyn and Labour on housing policy. But she ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

i) births and deaths 22 February 1975: death of Peter R. Newman, writer of the story we now call The Sensorites (First Doctor, 1964). 22 February 2011: death of Nicholas Courtney, who played Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (First Doctor, 1965) and Colonel, later Brigadier, Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart from The Web Of Fear (Second Doctor, 1968) to Enemy of the Bane (SJA, 2008), the longest-running character on TV apart from the Doctor himself 22 February 1969: broadcast of fifth episode of The Seeds of Death. The Doctor and friends get back to Earth and discover that the Ice Warrior' ...

Blether Tay-Gither is the Dundee Storytelling Group. From Sheila Kinninmonth, Blether Tay-Gither's secretary : Hope you can join us for our February Blether on Zoom Tuesday 23rd February - 7pm to 9pm Our theme this month is Sea Shanties and Sea Stories Last month one of our attendees offered to sing a sea shanty this month so we thought we'd embrace that and make it our theme. The sea shanty was the song of the working people, the fishing people hard at work on the water, and the sea has long been a source and inspiration for stories. So see ...