Eviction without court order

Posted by Frank H Little on ffranc sais
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 22:48

The latest anti-immigrant move is something else which surely Liberal Democrats in government would have prevented. There is now pressure on landlords, which the worst will no doubt gleefully bow to, to evict tenants they do not want unless their proof of citizenship is impeccable. The penalties for letting to failed immigrants are draconian and there is no legal aid in such cases, so the power of landlords and the authorities would be much increased. No doubt Mr Cameron and Mrs May hope to garner favourable headlines in the conservative press. However, they may get the reverse when the first ... (more)

So out of touch it struggled to find anyone on the minimum wage: Ed Miliband's Labour Party

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 22:44

As with the Liberal Democrats, there's plenty of controversy in Labour over the right campaigning lessons to learn from the 2015 general election. That makes the views of any one key high profile individual only part of the full story, but even so there are two immediate thoughts that struck me from Arnie Graf's remarkable story for LabourList about how Labour struggled to find anyone on the minimum wage to talk to Ed Miliband: "How could it be that the Labour Party, supposedly the Party of working people, was not in relationship with a single minimum wage worker?" First, it's ... (more)

Tim Farron goes to Calais to see the humanitarian crisis for himself

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 22:16

For Tim Farron, the situation in Calais has always been primarily a humanitarian one. He was furious last week when David Cameron described the desperately vulnerable people there as a "swarm." Most recently he asked Cameron to make sure that we were doing our fair share to end the "immeasurable suffering" of the people in Calais. He wrote: I am sure you agree that it is heartbreaking to see hundreds of desperate people subsisting in makeshift camps night after night, willing to risk life and limb in the hope of a better future while many in Kent and across the ... (more)

Disused railway stations in Wiltshire

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 22:12

The appealingly named Black Dog Halt was originally a private station provided for the Marquess of Landsdowne. More Wiltshire railway goodness on this blog: The last train from Swindon to Swindon Town. Earlier videos in this series: Devon, Bedfordshire, North Lincolnshire, East Sussex, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Cumbria, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Rutland. Northumberland, Shropshire, Suffolk, East Riding of Yorkshire and Norfolk. (more)

The Green Deal: "Cutting carbon is not a luxury to be ditched when the going gets tough!"

Posted by vloggerhannah on The Liberal Queen
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 22:09

Back in 2011, when I was a very young supporter of the Liberal Democrats. I knew back then that I certainly had a passion for one thing as well as mental health. Our environment. So you would not have believed how delighted I was when I watched former MP for Eastleigh and Secretary of Energy [...] (more)

Robert Conquest (1917-2015) wrote a limerick of genius

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 21:50

Robert Conquest, who did much to make the West grasp the scale of Stalin's terror, has died at the age of 98. I am pleased that his Telegraph obituary finds room for his brilliant rendering of Shakespeare's seven ages of man as a limerick. Here it is without the coy asterisks: First you get puking and mewling, Then very pissed off with your schooling, Then fucks and then fights, Then judging chaps' rights, Then sitting in slippers, then drooling. (more)

Investigation into Chilham derailment

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 20:00

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has announced its investigation into the derailment at Chilham* last Sunday: Our investigation will examine the sequence of events before, during and after the incident, in particular:the fencing at this location the railway's response to reports of cows being on the line the behaviour of the train after it struck the cows It will also examine any relevant management issues.Having been aboard the train, I look forward to this report. * The Branch refers to it as the "Deraliment at Godmersham", which is indeed the nearest village to the accident site, but all the reports ... (more)

Guardian reviews The Lone Pine Club

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 19:37

The Pentabus Rural Theatre Company production The Lone Pine Club, based on the books by Malcolm Saville, is reviewed for the Guardian today by Lyn Gardner: The children make dens, swear oaths of loyalty, travel widely across the UK on their own, make up secret signals, solve mysteries, uncover spies and generally get the better of the baddie, Miss Ballinger, a woman whose generosity with chocolate fudge cake is never to be trusted. ,,,If the lack of a focus on a single adventure can make it feel a bit episodic and lacking in real tension, the show is fast paced ... (more)

Good luck, Jeremy

Posted by Ed Fordham on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 19:27

Okay so here is the rub (possibly more than one): I massively feel sorry for friends, colleagues, opponents in the Labour Party who are faced with the very real election of Jeremy Corbyn. I genuinely believe that his election and his pitch would be a retrograde step for any party. An equivalent would be Nigel Farage tipped to win Leader of the Conservatives... which in the current climate Farage might want to think about. But one of the jibes I hear most from Labour folk, and it is Labour folk, is that Liberals (and they can't get the name right ... (more)

Sad news: Sutton and Cheam's organiser David MacDonald dies at 28

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 4th Aug 15 - 17:58

I was very sad to see this announcement from Simon Drage, London Lib Dems' Liaison Officer, on Facebook today. It's reproduced with his permission: Very sadly David MacDonald who until recently was Constituency Manager for Paul Burstow and Organiser for Sutton and Cheam, as well as a Vauxhall Member, died following an epileptic seizure on Saturday. David was an energetic campaigner and a generous friend. He went out of his way to help his colleagues across London and beyond and as well as his duties in Sutton took on being the parliamentary candidate for his home town of Burton this ... (more)