At the All Party Parliamentary Group for refugees Nick Henderson from the Irish Refugee Council told us about the "Direct Provision" Accommodation Centres in the Irish Republic. Asylum Seekers live in these privately run Accommodation Centres whilst their case is being assessed. They were originally meant for short stays when started in 2001, but are now used for much longer one's and the median stay is 27 months. Around 7,000 people are currently housed like this. Those housed there have little privacy, no cooking facilities, and they are excluded from any community life. Nearly 2,000 are sharing bedrooms with people ...

Posted by Suzanne Fletcher on Liberal Democrat Voice

The '3 Graces' on Liverpool waterfront taken from the new Museum of Liverpool The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link below – Well, as being struck off has been flagged up for quite some years now, the actual removal of World Heritage status almost comes as no surprise. However, I don't think this backwards step for Liverpool and indeed the whole City Region can be looked at as an isolated matter because for me the governance of Liverpool, which has been so criticised of late, must be a factor (if not a significant factor) in how the ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

Second paragraph of third chapter:It's too soon, sire. You do not have enough influence over his will. There is no telling what may happen. The melding is still in its early stages.I've previously read Kearney's first two novels, The Way to Babylon and A Different Kingdom, both of which involve liminal adventures of a chap in our world who finds himself also playing a vital and heroic role in a fantasy world; but is it real? Riding the Unicorn has much the same premise, but some differences; the protagonist is an older ex-army prison guard, who is somehow chosen for ...

The Independent reports that Boris Johnson faces a potential major rebellion over Covid vaccine passports from his own MPs. They say more than 40 Conservatives have signed a declaration by campaign group Big Brother Watch saying they are opposed to using "Covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs". They add that many more MPs from the governing party are privately minded to vote against the plan. The Liberal Democrats have already come out against vaccine passports for precisely the reasons stated above. We believe that they will be discriminatory, create a two-tier society, restricting ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

(4) Victims are subjected to 'digital strip searches' (5) Victims have their sexual history dragged through court (6) Rapists are let off with weak sentences

Posted by democracycoma on Democracy Coma

Todays loss of World Heritage Status for our City, even though it was expected, is a huge blow to our international prestige and will, without a doubt, affect our tourism and inward investment. When we received the status in 2004 ... Continue reading →

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Wed 21st

My tweets

Tue, 15:42: John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer 2011 Little did I know when I wrote this, ten years ago today, that it would annoy Larry Correia so much that he started the Sad Puppy campaign. Tue, 17:16: This is glorious. @lucykellaway Tue, 20:09: 490 days of plague; and Limerick comes to Landen Wed, 10:45: RT @DavidHenigUK: The bold new UK government threat to break the Northern Ireland protocol is of course completely unlike the old threat to...

In her column for the Scotsman this week, Christine Jardine tackled the racism we saw against the three England footballers after the Euro 2020 final. A young colleague told me that some black friends had abuse shouted at them while making their way home from the England-Italy game. "It's always your kind that lets us down." We all knew it was there, simmering amongst those who booed any team taking the knee this summer. But watching it boil over against fans, footballers and someone who has made a real and determined difference to the well-being of vulnerable children should be ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice

From the City Council : THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Tay Street Lane, Dundee. This notice comes into effect on Friday 23 July for one night (7.30pm to 6.30am). Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained. No alternative routes for vehicles are available. For further information contact 433082. Executive Director of City Development Dundee City Council

Wed 21st

Runaway Railway (1966)

A hybrid of The Titfield Thunderbolt and The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery made for children in 1966, you say? With Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee in the cast? Count me in. Pertwee is not the film's only link with Doctor Who. Among the child actors is Roberta Tovey, who appeared in the two films in which Peter Cushing played the Doctor. Sadly, I did not see Runaway Railway when Talking Pictures TV screened it as part of their Saturday morning pictures the other day, but I was alerted to it by a Twitter thread from Tim Dunn. There is ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England