Brexit: No cake, but let's welcome the prospect of a nice big bit of fudge!

Posted by Paul Walter on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 13:45

Embed from Getty Images Along, I'm sure, with many LDV readers, I've read hundreds of articles on the subject of Brexit over the last couple of years. But one piece of writing has finally encapsulated a precise sensible solution to the whole sordid, messy business. David Shariatmadari is a writer and editor for the Guardian in London. In a post yesterday entitled "On Brexit, the views of the 48% must be respected too. That's democracy", he argued that: Given that the UK is split, it's only fair if the government delivers 'Brexit in name only', as is looking increasingly likely. ... (more)

The Blood is the Life for 21-04-2018

Posted on Ten KitKats and a Motoring Atlas
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 12:00

Facebook removes 1.5 billion users from protection of EU privacy law After the Windrush row, the Immigration Data Exemption must go miss_s_b | Friday Five - questions via thefridayfive my answers to this week;s question set. The Norwegian government is asking students to stop having sex on roundabouts Owen Jones meets Stonewall's Ruth Hunt | 'My heart breaks for trans communities' I don;t often link to videos because I find them annoying, but this is one of the things on which Owen Jones is dead right - notwithstanding that he's dead wrong on many others. And I have SUCH a ... (more)

WATCH: Willie Rennie's speech to Scottish Conference

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 11:45

Here is Willie Rennie's leaders's speech to Scottish Conference. In it he talks about how the Liberal Democrats have influenced Scottish politics and policy in education, mental health and justice, calls on the Health Secretary to resign, tells us we can stop Brexit and has a huge challenge to Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader. The text is below: In an area never won by a Liberal Democrat before, winning his council ward in Monifieth. Councillor Ben Lawrie. He's made an early impression on the council at such a young age. And has been speaking up about his mental health. ... (more)

My tweets

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 11:00

Fri, 12:02: @IvanaBoskovic91 @JennyRunnacles Gave you both a shout when I finally read the Goodhart book! https://t.co/qhAsDIz8Jd Fri, 12:56: OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone https://t.co/OUEzG85lvE And it's a mess. Fri, 13:11: RT @JonnElledge: 19 questions for Nick Timothy about his defence of his former boss, Theresa May. My latest https://t.co/8L2hrEITQr https:/... Fri, 16:05: RT @WSMIreland: A thread on the long running rebellion that eventually forced the government to call a referendum to #repealthe8th - photo... Fri, 18:56: Europe Reset, by Richard Youngs https://t.co/XnKLAZ7nI7 Fri, 20:48: Excellent thread. https://t.co/Rvp23kxZzH Fri, 22:01: RT ... (more)

Future Women MPs Weekend - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Posted by Natalie Chindipha on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 09:45

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The location for the Future Women MP's Weekend has now been confirmed as Milton Keynes. Apologies for the delay! Given this we are extending the deadline by 48 HOURS so applications will now close on Tuesday 24th at 23:59 https://bit.ly/2GD3w0F Female? An aspiring MP? This is the event for you! Normally an annual event, the Campaign for Gender Balance and the Candidates and Diversity Team will be running a second Future Women MPs Weekend to support and develop female talent within the party. Empowering and thought-provoking, this intensive training weekend for aspiring female MPs will provide you with ... (more)

The divorce bill just got bigger

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 09:41

Are there still people out there who believe that the UK will be better off leaving the European Union? I only ask, because if so then clearly they have not been paying attention. Either that or they are Brexiteers filling some of top Cabinet jobs who feel obliged to defend the many lies that were told during the referendum. The latest blow to the 'better-off' myth comes in the Guardian, which reports that the cost of the Brexit divorce bill for the UK could be billions higher than the £35bn-£39bn figure put forward by Theresa May. They refer to a ... (more)

The time is right to say goodbye, but Wenger's legacy will endure

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance!
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 08:59

An era comes to an end and we move into an uncertain future, with hope – always with hope. Thank you, Arsene! Advertisements (more)

The Best Man: Gore Vidal's film about a US Presidential selection contest

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 08:30

Written by Gore Vidal, The Best Man unsurprisingly takes a caustic view of politics, but also takes a realistic one and one that is still very resonant today. (more)

What's happening at Scottish Conference today

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 08:24

Here's what happened yesterday at Scottish Conference: The Conference concludes this afternoon with a speech from Vince Cable. Here's what's happening before then: Morning session Party AGM Motion on support for local economies calling, amongst other things, for the Government to use its major shareholding in RBS to halt branch closures and for the establishment of a rapid reaction force to help in communities when a large employer shuts down. Debate on Scottish Young Liberals motion calling for candidates at 16. Lunchtime fringe There's a marathon lunch session lasting almost 3 hours with 2 fringe sessions Sal Brinton will be ... (more)

Formby – Can an artificial pitch be dangerous to health?

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 08:16

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above. This story jumped out at me because I had never even considered that artificial pitches could be dangerous in this way. Having said that the School and Formby Parish Council seem happy to put the money in and get on with the construction subject to planning permission. Maybe an angle to take into consideration and investigate further though as Lydiate Parish Council develops plans for a multi use games area (MUGA) project for its Sandy Lane Playing Field. (more)