More in common - my visit to my local mosque

Posted by Simon Beard on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 28th May 17 - 08:55

Campaigning for the General Election has been suspended twice in recent days, and rightly so. Last Sunday, we paused in memory of Jo Cox, her lifelong work to show that we have more in common and her tragic death, whilst in recent days we ceased campaigning in the wake of Monday's atrocious terrorist attack on Manchester by those who wish to use death and destruction to drive us apart. Last Saturday I visited the North West Kent Muslim Association for their public open day, and now feels like a good time to write about that visit. Like many people, I ... (more)

Music meme 2 - a song I like with a number in the title

Posted on David Matthewman
Sun 28th May 17 - 08:13

2: a song you like with a number in the title Ten Duel Commandments from Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda. So, really early in this meme run, we get a song from Hamilton. It was always going to show up at some point - it's not much over a year since multiple friends with very different musical tastes raved to me about the musical, and I do in general like musicals anyway. Ten Duel Commandments is one of the rare songs from Hamilton that can stand on its own outside the wider context of the musical. It's a beautifully-crafted exploration ... (more)

New Ludlow mayor sets out council's agenda on services, parking and road closure

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Sun 28th May 17 - 07:39

Last Wednesday evening, Councillor Tim Gill was installed as the new mayor of Ludlow at the Assembly Rooms. Anyone who knows Tim, knows that when he speaks about local issues, he tells it as it is. His inaugural speech was no different. Mayor Gill said taking on services from Shropshire Council remained a challenge for the town council. He condemned the council's continuing clampdown on evening parking in the town centre and the planned closure of Brand Lane for three days. Mayor Gill said he was proud to follow in the footsteps of his father who was mayor of the ... (more)

Interesting Links for 28-05-2017

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sun 28th May 17 - 07:00

Why you should care about the Muslim headscarf ban Hear, hear, @aryngbeck! (tags: humanrights eu race ) (more)

Bonkers Home for Well-Behaved Orphans helps with latest Liberal Democrat election poster

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 27th May 17 - 23:36


Harold Macmillan on Oswald Mosley's uniform

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 27th May 17 - 23:29

Embed from Getty Images Marina Hyde, in her demolition of Katie Hopkins, quotes P.G. Wodehouse's immortal paragraph on Roderick Spode's Black Shorts: Katie's spiritual analogue is Roderick Spode, PG Wodehouse's piss-take of Oswald Mosley, and a chap to whom Bertie Wooster is moved to remark: "The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone. You hear them shouting 'Heil, Spode!' and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your ... (more)

Armed police on the streets of Leicester

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 27th May 17 - 23:10

There are no immediate plans to deploy military personnel on to the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, the Leicester Mercury reported yesterday. I can't speak for Uppingham or Oakham, but I did not see any troops in Leicester today. What I did see were police armed with automatic weapons. If this was a response to the level of terrorist threat, then fair enough. But if it was meant to be reassuring, then in my case it failed. I suspect it is a generational thing. I am old enough to imagine I remember the England of Gideon and Dixon of ... (more)

Election notebook #13: Why is Labour doing better in the polls than I expected?

Posted by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall
Sat 27th May 17 - 21:15

No sooner had I clicked 'publish' on my last notebook, cavalierly asserting I couldn't be bothered with the polls this election 'because the gulf between the Tories and Labour this time means that it actually is pointless', than along comes that YouGov shocker showing the gap cut to just 5%. I'll eat Paddy's hat if that's the result, but, still, the race does appear to be tightening. And that's upended the expectations of many, me included, who reckoned Labour would drift further down in the polls as the voters neared decision time; and that faced between the stark choice of ... (more)

Liberal Democrat election briefing #6: a little message about window posters

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 27th May 17 - 20:25

Welcome to the latest of my general election briefing videos, this time explaining an important detail about window posters. (more)

Dump Trump

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer
Sat 27th May 17 - 19:09

The body-language at the G7 Summit in Taormina this weekend has been absolutely fascinating. Emmanuel Macron made a beeline for Angela Merkel, and rightly so. This is now Europe's political power couple and their joint determination to reform the European Union is something we should all warmly welcome. This makes it doubly tragic that Britain [...] (more)