There's Dark and then there's Darker Street

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sun 27th May 18 - 00:21

There's Dark and then there's Darker Street. Blake would have understood. You need a drink at The Salmon afterwards. (more)

"The position in Northern Ireland is now highly anomalous": Vince Cable on abortion laws

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 26th May 18 - 20:26

Speaking as the result of the Irish referendum on abortion became clear, Vince Cable said: I believe in the principle of the right to choose – I think in the rest of the UK we have a sensible balance. The position in Northern Ireland is now highly anomalous and I think, probably, action will now have to be taken. Since there is, effectively, direct rule from Westminster, the government has responsibility and it can and should take the opportunity to deal with this issue properly. Grainne Teggart, of Amnesty International UK, meanwhile said, It's hypocritical, degrading and insulting to Northern ... (more)

Ireland's abortion referendum – What a great result

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Sat 26th May 18 - 18:48 The BBC has the detail on its web site – see link above This leaves just Northern Ireland living in the dark ages as the DUP partners of our present Tory Government seek to keep the Province in those dark ages. This is of course another step, if a small one, towards a united Ireland if the younger generations can move forward and break free from the shackles of religious and inter-community hatred of their past. Who would have thought that the deeply Catholic Irish Republic of not so many years ago could change so progressively and so quickly. ... (more)

Lib Dem autumn conference registration now open - early bird rates end 8 June

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 26th May 18 - 14:56

Registrations for 2018 autumn Liberal Democrat federal conference (Brighton 15-18 September), are now open. The cheapest rates are available until 8 June. (more)

The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 26th May 18 - 14:02

It's going to be quite a lot of Hugo posts in the next few days as I clear my backlog of books read but yet unblogged. I must say that this has brought home to me how much the system demands of conscientious voters - now there are 17 Hugo categories, two associated awards (Campbell and YA), 9 Retro Hugo categories this year (and likely at least as many next year), and all of them with six finalists. Anyway. For once, I managed to watch all of the Long Form finalists for this year. (Their combined length is 13 hours ... (more)

The Blood is the Life for 26-05-2018

Posted on Ten KitKats and a Motoring Atlas
Sat 26th May 18 - 12:00

Ulster Bank to put vertical bank notes into circulation REALLY pretty designs, too Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior, harassment Awwww no. Not Morgan Freeman. :( Met Police 'use force more often' against black people Today's "The Met are racist" news 'It's like a death sentence': ex-NHS worker billed £4,388 for treatment Fresh anger over UK visa regime as scholar forced to leave Oxford Today's "the Home Office are bastards" news. Think London's trains are bad? Look at the great northern train fail Home Office are using 'gay stereotypes' to reject LGBT+ asylum seekers, says immigration lawyer Facebook and Google ... (more)

Vince: Lib Dems will be running Sheffield by 2023

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 26th May 18 - 11:10

Vince Cable went to Sheffield this week and predicted that the party would again be running Sheffield's Council within 5 years – and that we would win back Sheffield Hallam. "Five years from now we will have had a general election & I am sure we will have a Liberal Democrat MP representing Sheffield again in Parliament, and I would be very disappointed if we weren't running the city by that stage as well" No pressure, boss! — Sheffield Lib Dems (@SheffLibDems) May 24, 2018 From The Star: There is a sense of optimism in the room – spurred ... (more)

My tweets

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 26th May 18 - 11:00

Fri, 12:56: Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s @chbid Christopher H Bidmead explains the link b... Fri, 16:48: RT @Sadhbhlikedive: Saw this in the Abroad for Yes Facebook group and started crying again. The force of people coming together to change t... Fri, 18:50: Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time, by Paul Cornell Fri, 19:05: Once again at dangerous Perron 14, where @delijn have provided no seats, and travellers must dodge cyclists. (@ Per... Fri, 19:19: RT @campaignforleo: The Divorce Referendum was passed by less than 10,000 votes in 1995. That's just one vote ... (more)

Nick Clegg: "The claim that MPs are out of touch with 'ordinary' people is complete nonsense"

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 26th May 18 - 09:10

This part of Nick Clegg's session at a recent conference caught my eye: The claim that MPs are out of touch with 'ordinary' people is complete nonsense. No matter how high or low you are in the pecking order of politics, you have to be in Constituency Surgery every Thursday chatting to a family about how you're going to help their daughter get into the local school or speaking to a single mum who isn't getting access to benefits. That's hugely valuable and boy does it keep politicians' feet on the ground. The vast majority of MPs I knew - ... (more)

Two arrests over allegations of fraud relating to Conservative Party nomination paper

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 26th May 18 - 09:05

The Norwich Evening News reports: Norfolk police arrested two men at an address in Norwich ... following an allegation around the signatures for the nomination for the Conservative candidate in Mancroft ward. Police said [they] had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit election fraud, specifically conspiracy to submit nomination papers containing fraudulent signatures. The Conservative candidate for Mancroft ward was Iain Gwynn, but it is understood he is not one of the men who has been arrested. In England (unlike in Scotland), the signatures of ten people on the electoral register are required for a local council nomination ... (more)