Book review - "The Long and Winding Road" by Alan Johnson

Posted by paulwalternewbury on
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 16:14

"The Long and Winding Road" is the third in Alan Johnson's trilogy of memoirs. The previous two books are: "This Boy", about his harrowing childhood and "Please Mister Postman" about his days delivering the Royal Mail. (You'll notice that all the books are titled after songs from Alan Johnson's heroes – The Beatles). I've reviewed ... Continue reading Book review – "The Long and Winding Road" by Alan Johnson (more)

March 2003: Election Briefing

Posted by Joe Mulvihill on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 14:05

[IMG: Instagram picture 9 - logoless] An Election Briefing from March 2003 – the year we gained our highest ever share of the vote at 30% – only one percent behind the Labour party. We gained five councils (28 in total) and 193 councillors (2,624 in total). Download the March 2003 Election Briefing. (more)

Meet the Lords - or at least two Lords and one Baroness....

Posted by paulwalternewbury on
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 13:41

BBC2 started a new series last night called "Meet the Lords". In the style of last year's documentary series about the House of Commons, the film crew wondered around the corridors of the House of Lords, and produced some interesting sights. In fact, it centred on three peers: Baroness King – This is the previous ... Continue reading Meet the Lords – or at least two Lords and one Baroness.... (more)

Visiting Foodbanks in the south of the borough

Posted by iain on theMayoralBlog
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 13:39

My first stop was at St Leonard's in Bootle where I met up with Debbie again. She had been nominated for an award earlier in the year by one of her volunteers. Most of the volunteers on the day that I visited were former firefighters. The centre also had a welfare rights adviser available. Everything was very well organised in accordance with the Trussel Trust's good practice. The centre had just taken delivery of a new trolley,in the photo, donated by the staff at Bootle Lidl. Next stop was the main storage site for the various foodbanks in the area ... (more)

Talking up division in society will lead to trouble

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 13:27

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-39048293 Above is a link to a BBC web site page and it is an issue for considerable thought. Talking up division in society is not cleaver whether it comes from Trump, UKIP or anyone else, indeed that kind of talk can lead to all sorts of problems for any society and it can even start wars. Quote from article 'Politicians who have used a divisive and dehumanised rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, says rights group Amnesty International.' With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting (more)

Book review - "The Long and Winding Road" by Alan Johnson

Posted by Paul Walter on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 13:25

Embed from Getty Images "The Long and Winding Road" is the third in Alan Johnson's trilogy of memoirs. The previous two books are: "This Boy", about his harrowing childhood and "Please Mister Postman" about his days delivering the Royal Mail. (You'll notice that all the books are titled after songs from Alan Johnson's heroes – The Beatles). I've reviewed both previous books here on LDV (see links above), and to a large extent it helps to read the whole series from the beginning. If you pick up "The Long and Winding Road", the subject matter, the daily grind of a ... (more)

Maghull – Update on work behind Sefton Drive on Cheshire Lines Path by Merseyside North Volunteers

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 13:11

Merseyside North Volunteers have the story on their web site – see link above A really welcome environmental project being brought to fruition by volunteers on the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull. (more)

Southport Music Festival- young people showcase their talents

Posted by iain on theMayoralBlog
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 12:57

The Mayor, I learn, is President of the Southport Music Festival and so it came to pass last week that I was down to chair their AGM. I was unable to attend the festival this year as I was already booked up so the 'President's opening remarks were something of a challenge. I have chaired some pretty boring meetings but this one was certainly not in that category. A dedicated group of volunteers have kept this Festival alive whilst many across the country many have folded. Today, in its 110th year, it flourishes. After the business of the meeting was ... (more)

Some thoughts on anti-politics and populism

Posted by Nick on What You Can Get Away With
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 12:18

A while ago, I wrote a couple of posts on why people saying 'let's take the politics out of this' are invariably actually saying 'let's all agree with me' and how such tactics are often used to benefit those who already hold the power and want to claim that their actions aren't political. That was back in 2015 when my major concern about those issues was the way they get misused in local government. Not that it hasn't stopped happening there – I still see people who've been elected to multiple officers as the candidate of a political party claiming ... (more)

Which Labour MPs might throw in the towel next? I speculate

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com
Tue 28th Feb 17 - 11:46

A few months back, when Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt both decided to stop being MPs around a similar time period, a rumour was afloat in Westminster that "dozens" of Labour members of parliament were lined up to quit politics should either Copeland or Stoke Central be lost. Since the first part of that has happened, I thought it might be prudent to speculate as to who might be the next Labour MP to quit, should this be the case. I would like to stress adamantly that I don't think the following Labour MPs are actually going to quit, nor ... (more)