In an emotional debate this afternoon, the Scottish Liberal Democrats passed a motion on ending Scotland's drugs deaths emergency: #sldconf just voted for new measures in a bid to end the Drug Deaths epidemic in Scotland — Scottish Lib Dems (@scotlibdems) October 8, 2021 It was a such a powerful and emotional speech. I spoke about my friend Tracy, and her son, Nathan, who died in March at the age of 20 from an overdose of street valium. It is so important that we reaffirm our commitment to treat drug use as a public health issue, and ensure that people ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Fri 8th

580 days of plague

So, young F has endured ten days in quarantine since I last wrote, and has displayed no symptoms of COVID whatsoever. So we have had a lucky escape. He is free as of tomorrow and I also get a test tomorrow morning (actually my 7-day test from his positive notification, but three days late because I have been travelling and recovering from travelling), and hopefully that will be the end of the story. In fact I got pinged as having been close to some confirmed cases of COVID at the weekend, while in The Hague, presumably from others in the ...

Fri 8th

Friday reading

Current The Crimson Horror, by Mark Gatiss City of Miracles, by Robert Jackson Bennett Groetjes uit Vlaanderen, by Mohamed Ouaamari Last books finished Prime Imperative, by Julianne Todd Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson The Wych Elm, by Tana French The Xmas Files, ed. Shaun Russell John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, by Fred Kaplan Mind of Stone, by Iain McLaughlin Time Must Have a Stop, by Aldous Huxley "Fire Watch", by Connie Willis Next books The Empire of Time, by David Wingrove Crashland, by Sean Williams

Ian Sollom has recounted a bizarre story from South Cambridgeshire constituency, where the MP is currently the Conservative Anthony Browne: Anthony Browne shows real contempt for us constituents. Email reply to Cllr ends with "I do hope this answers your questions/reassures you/makes you leave us alone". That's a culture set from the top. He wants us to go away. — Ian Sollom [IMG: 🔶] (@IanSollom) October 8, 2021

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I was appalled to see that Keir Starmer, the Labour Leader had written to the Sun Newspaper. I played hell when one of our former Leaders did likewise but decided that this was a Labour matter and should be left ... Continue reading →

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About a year ago I took a look at the data which Facebook held of mine. It was about three gigabytes worth! I joined Facebook relatively early in its genesis and had shared all sorts on it. Call me bloody minded, but I didn't see why that smug person Mark Zuckerberg should benefit from all ... Continue reading Starting afresh with Facebook – on your terms

Posted by paulwalternewbury on Liberal Burblings
Fri 8th

My tweets

Thu, 12:56: "There Are No Cruel Narnians: What The Horse and His Boy Can Tell Us About Racism, Cultural Superiority, Beauty Standards, and Inclusiveness" by Daniel Whyte IV | A Pilgrim in Narnia Fascinating, balanced piece by @dmarkwiv (no relation). Thu, 13:01: RT @NobelPrize: BREAKING NEWS: The 2021 #NobelPrize in Literature is awarded to the novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah "for his uncompromising and... Thu, 16:05: We, as a people, will get to the Borisland Conference speech revisited! Thu, 16:30: RT @melikeydrwho: 3 years since Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill started lightning up dull Sunday nights. ❤❤ Thu, 17:11: ...

With the end of another quarter, another update to PollBase, my database of British voting intention opinion polls since 1943 is now up. Jack Bailey and Luke Mansillo have taken this data and turned it into PollBase Pro, daily estimates of aggregate voting intention in Great Britain from 1955. Details here. Enjoy! P.S. For the very latest polls, see my polling scorecard. Get polling news and analysis by email Sign up here if you would like to receive the Polling UnPacked occasional email newsletter, highlighting the best in analysis and news about British political opinion polling from a carefully curated ...

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I don't believe that details of the UK Government's independent covid inquiry have yet been announced, but if it does not include a serious and detailsd look at the awarding of contracts for PPE and other essentials then there should be questions as to why not. The Independent reports on the latest news in this saga, with calls for Boris Johnson's government to end "secrecy" after it emerged that a Covid contract handed to a Conservative Party donor's firm is still under wraps after 18 months. The paper says that Clipper Logistics - whose boss has donated £730,000 to the ...

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Seven council by-elections this week, with an unusually large crop of Liberal Democrat defences – four of them. Six out of the seven wards had a Liberal Democrat candidate. Musters (Rushcliffe) by-election result: LDEM: 45.3% (-11.5) LAB: 28.7% (+8.9) CON: 26.0% (+2.6) Liberal Democrat HOLD. — Britain Elects (@BritainElects) October 7, 2021

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The HERA autumn term enrolment night is on line from next Wednesday (13th October) at There's a great range of evening classes to sign up for! The next block of courses will start on the week commencing 25th October. Details of courses are available on the HERA website mentioned above and also on its Facebook page at

Fri 8th

The Joy of Six 1028

Akiko Hart explains why the National Survivor User Network plays no part in World Mental Health Day. "The era of Mid-Century Britain is a curious one, and it has been neglected by comparison with both the white-walled international modernism that came before it, and the hardline Brutalism that came after." Owen Hatherley reviews a new book on modern architecture by Elain Harwood. Jackson Rawlings lists 17 cognitive biases that explain Brexit."Exceptional things were happening in Liverpool during 1964. When the Beatles returned to the city on 10th July for the premier of their first film A Hard Day's Night, 150,000 ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England