He's so nearly home. As long as the British Transport Police don't plug him with a tranquilliser dart he'll be holding court in the Bonkers' Arms tonight. So I wrote last November, introducing the most diary entry from Lord Bonkers to appear on this blog. Would you believe that is precisely what happened? The new Liberator is out (you can download it from the magazine's website - it's issue 413 - for free) and there you will find the old boy's first diary of 2022. If you can't stand the suspense - will he get back to Bonkers Hall or ...

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A briefing aimed at Conservative MPs opposed to Boris Johnson continuing as leader has been published by The Pavlovic Today. In a blog post there Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, writes: The disapproval ratings of Boris Johnson are on the trajectory of Jeremy Corbyn's. Those who are still supporting Prime Minister Johnson are starting to sound like the hardcore Corbynites who, for all their love of their leader, could not see the negative feeling towards him outside their echo chambers. But when he goes on to discuss who should succeed Johnson he loses interest in the mood ...

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This May's council elections saw many positive signs of continued progress for the Liberal Democrats, including the fourth set of net gains in a row (something previously achieved back at the time of the Iraq war) and the number of Lib Dem majority councils recovering to the number it was before the party went into coalition in 2010. There were also promising increased in candidate numbers in both Scotland and Wales. Overall, though, we still stand in noticeably fewer candidates than either Labour or the Conservatives across the country. So we need more people than usual to think about standing ...

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A planning application has been lodged for a solar farm on Squirrel Lane, on the opposite side of the road from the current solar farm (22/02151/FUL). The solar farm will have a capacity of up to 12MW and will be in place for forty years. This scheme has been well thought through and has been discussed with local residents. There will be wildlife enhances and hedgerow screening. But it will be an intrusion of steel and glass in the landscape. This application, which is in Richard Huffer's Clee division, may come to the Southern Planning Committee for a decision so ...

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In "Einstein's Unfinished Revolution", Penguin Books, 2019, Lee Smolin introduces principles through which to develop fundamental physics. So, they are not mathematical or logical principles but founding elements for thinking about and then formulating physical theories. Introduce five closely related principles for a future physics: The principle of background independence The principle that space and time are relational The principle of causal completeness The principle of reciprocity The principle of the identity of indiscernibles.These are all aspects, claims Smolin, of what Leibniz called the principle of sufficient reason (PSR). he interprets the principle as follows: Every time we identify some ...

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What's the track record of Parliamentary by-election polls? Here's some evidence.

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If you remember Roger Whittaker at all, it will be as the ultimate middle-of-the-road, Radio 2 singer. You may even remember that he fronted Whistle Stop, a children's programme for the BBC, in the 1960s. (You see, he could whistle as well as sing.) But this from 1964 is something different, like Gene Pitney after a long holiday in France. Jenny's Gone was written by Mike Settle and Alan Ribback.

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The Russian war in Ukraine has been pushed out of the headlines lately. I was told by someone recently that, "they are rather bored with the whole thing and want to talk about something else". I have some sympathy for ... Continue reading →

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To be frank, it would be difficult to imagine a scenario in which the impact of Brexit on businesses, holidays abroad, our economy and our day-t-day lives could get any worse, however, the current Tory government are determined to prove us wrong. The Guardian reports that independent experts and unions have warned the government that Boris Johnson's plans to slash the number of civil servants by 91,000 - around 20% - within three years, will leave Whitehall unable to handle the huge extra workload caused by Brexit. These experts believe that such a reduction would leave the state too small ...

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