This worrying effort from the Leicester Mercury wins our Headline of the Day Award.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Last Monday I wrote ina very polite and courtesous way to Cllr Anderson to suggest to her two things: "Firstly, I think that you should apologise for all the scandals and corruption that the Labour Party have caused to the ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Sat 3rd

March Books

A couple of days later than usual, here's my month-end round-up for March. Non-fiction 5 (YTD 13) The Unstable Realities of Christopher Priest, by Paul Kincaid Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, by Nick Mason It's the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of?, by Adam Roberts Romeinse sporen: het relaas van de Romeinen in de Benelux met 309 vindplaatsen om te bezoeken, by Herman Clerinx Scottish independence: EU membership and the Anglo-Scottish border, by Akash Paun, Jess Sargeant, James Kane, Maddy Thimont Jack and Kelly Shuttleworth Non-genre 1 (YTD 5) Dances With Wolves, ...

The past few weeks have seen the appearance of increasingly optimistic schemes for the reopening of long-closed railways. But Mongomeryshire Liberal Democrats are calling for the reopening of a canal:We will continue to support the restoration of the Montgomeryshire Canal and push the Welsh Government to provide increased funding towards the project that would significantly boost the economies of Welshpool and Newtown along with other villages enroute. The Conservative's have had 10 years in power to push for this and have not succeeded. We will seek to use our influence to push the Welsh Government to provide funding for the ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 3rd

My tweets

Fri, 12:56: RT @keiranpedley: Some @IpsosMORI data on Starmer one year in / thread 1. Fair to say things have turned against Starmer somewhat in the p... Fri, 13:27: Spring. Fri, 15:48: October 2010 books Fri, 16:05: RT @insight: New post on how polarization ate our brains. Part one of a series on what's fueling "our" misinformation trifecta: polarizatio... Fri, 19:47: Fri, 23:14: Friday reading Fri, 23:18: Can't they both lose? Sat, 09:30: Whoniversaries 3 April Sat, 10:45: RT @mervatim: I drafted a piece that opens with "My mother and father rarely concerned themselves ...

Considering that the Tory government's kneekerk response to black lives matter was that they were trying to rewrite history, it is ironic that the report they commissioned in response to that movement has received a similar criticism. In today's Guardian, the historian and broadcaster, David Olusoga, has accused the authors of giving the impression they would prefer "history to be swept under the carpet": Olusoga said that, as a historian, for him the most disturbing passages in the report were those in which the authors "stumble, ill-prepared and overconfident, into the arena of history". "Shockingly, the authors - perhaps unwittingly ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

The Northern Echo reports on the Lib Dem pick for the Hartlepool Parliamentary by-election: A school teacher has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to stand in the Hartlepool by-election. Andy Hagon was adopted unanimously by the local Lib Dems, having also been the party's candidate for the Hartlepool constituency in the 2017 and 2019 General elections. Mr Hagon, who grew up on Owton Manor estate, said: "I was born and raised in Hartlepool. My family and best mates live here. I've worked, volunteered in and been unemployed here in Hartlepool ... There should never be one in three Hartlepool ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 3rd

Whoniversaries 3 April

i) births and deaths 3 April 1924: birth of Peter Hawkins, the original voice of the Daleks and Cybermen. 3 April 1929: birth of Michael Hayes, who directed The Androids of Tara (Fourth Doctor, 1978), The Armageddon Factor (Fourth Doctor, 1979), and City of Death (Fourth Doctor, 1979). 3 April 2008: death of Johnny Byrne, who wrote The Keeper of Traken (Fourth Doctor, 1981), Arc of Infinity (Fifth Doctor, 1983), and Warriors of the Deep (Fifth Doctor, 1984). ii) broadcast anniversaries 3 April 1965: broadcast of "The Knight of Jaffa", second episode of the story we now call The Crusade. ...

I have been taking some flack on social media after the publication of the conclusions of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services' inspection of the policing of the Sarah Everard vigil at Clapham Common. Ed Davey had called for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to resign over the policing of the event, but the headlines from the HMICFRS report exonerated the police. The scenes we all saw of the police using force against those at the Clapham Common vigil were entirely foreseeable, preventable and unnecessary. The Clapham Common vigil came a few days after HMICFRS published ...

Posted by Brian Paddick on Liberal Democrat Voice

Residents have highlighted that the path that connects the lane from Seafield Road (38 to 48) to the grassy area towards the bottom end of Westfield Lane becomes 'a bit of a mud pit' when it rains (as one resident accurately put it). The lane itself is not a City Council adopted pathway but I have asked environment management who own the grass area if the surface of this short length of path to the grass area could be improved.