The SNP continue to dominate in Scotland; the Salmond affair has had little to no effect; pro independence parties look on course for a majority in Holyrood. Any appearance of 'Bozo' Johnson, his every utterance is a boost for Nicola Sturgeon. With Keir Starmer's vow of silence on Brexit, the two largest UK parties are ... Continue reading Lib Dems need to trust the Scots to manage their trading relationships

Posted by Martin Bennett on Liberal Democrats in Luxembourg

I was looking at my grandmother's memoirs the other day and came across this interesting passage:Like so many Americans, I know much more about my mother's family than about my father's, and she in turn knew more about her own mother's family. Her mother was Frances Wyatt Belt, whose father was a homeopathic doctor practicing, I think, but I am not sure, in Philadelphia. Her mother was Rebecca Heath Bordley, the daughter of Matthias Bordley. The Bordleys of Wye Island are about the most distinguished of my ancestors; there was a Judge Bordley who sent his sons all the way ...

I don't write about sport, because I don't engage in it much. So why am I to writing two posts in a row about football? Well I think the rise and fall of the European Super League (ESL) is very revealing. And I don't think I can leave things with my last post. Since then ... Continue reading There is something hopeful about the ESL debacle

Posted by Matthew on thinking liberal
Sun 25th

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: It's been exactly one year since Trump suggested injecting bleach. We've never been the same. Funny, all of Trump's crazy and harmful statements blur together for me. Sat, 14:48: RT @Purple_Wyrm: @nwbrux @filkerdave The map from N. J. Barton's "Lost Rivers of London" (1962) Sat, 15:33: Unforgiven Sat, 16:05: There Is No Chinese 'Debt Trap' Interesting and somewhat surprising analysis. Sat, 20:48: How Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon went from allies to enemies Good long read. (Hope you can get through the paywall.) Sun, 09:30: Whoniversaries 25 April Sun, 10:45: I Have ...

Liverpool's famous football manager Bill Shankly once said: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death... I can assure you, it is much, much more important than that." The quote is for many a truism which sums up why world headlines have been dominated by the attempt to form a European football Super League. 100,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border; global pandemic deaths soared past the three million mark; America may have reached a turning point in race relations and the starting gun has effectively been fired in German federal elections. Football has become the ...

Posted by Tom Arms on Liberal Democrat Voice

As usual The Sunday Times has the inside track on the latest government controversy and it does not look good for Boris Johnson. Caroline Wheeler and Gabriel Pogrund say that Boris Johnson's closest allies have compared the prime minister to one of Shakespeare's most tragic heroes: King Lear, though to be frank he seems more like Macbeth near the end, isolated and just awaiting his fate. All we are need now is for Birnam Wood to come to Dunsinane to finish him off: On Thursday, the PM decided to finger Cummings for the leaks. It is suggested he may have ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Chris Welch's biography of Steve Winwood - titled Keep on Running in the UK and Roll With it in the US - identifies the Albert Hall concert organised by Ronnie Laine in aid of the multiple sclerosis charity ARMS as an important step of his re-emergence as a solo artist in the 1980s: The first signs of Winwood stepping back into the spotlight and the high life came when he toured with his new band for the first time in 1983. Later he appeared on the unique ARMS charity shows held in the autumn of that year. Maybe he was ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

One of the most important issues facing our City, our Country and the World is the question of climate change. I don't know about you but I have been tremendously encouraged by the leadership being set by Joe Biden since ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?

The owners of five of the six English football clubs which they planned to hive off into an American-style Super-League are classic 'people from anywhere': three Americans, a Gulf sheikh and a Russian who made billions out of the post-Soviet free-for-all of privatisation. But neither David Goodhart, who popularised the distinction between 'somewheres' and 'anywheres' in his post-Brexit book, The Road to Somewhere: the populist revolt and the future of politics, nor Theresa May, who adopted the phrase in fighting the 2017 election, meant offshore billionaires by it. They were putting the blame for the loss of a sense of ...

Posted by Lord William Wallace on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 25th

Whoniversaries 25 April

i) births and deaths 25 April 1923: birth of Paul Whitsun-Jones, who played the Squire in The Smugglers (1966) and the Marshal The Mutants (1972). 25 April 1961: birth of Cyril Nri, who played the Shopkeeper in two Sarah Jane Adventures episodes, Lost in Time (2010) and Sky (2010), and also the Chairman of the Board of Governors in the Class episode The Lost (2016). ii) broadcast anniversaries 25 April 1964: broadcast of "The Screaming Jungle", third episode of the story we now call The Keys of Marinus. The second Key is hidden in a jungle full of mobile carnivorous ...

Sun 25th

New online craft club

Details below of a new online craft club - all welcome :