X-Meh

Posted by Mark Mills on Matter Of Facts
Sat 28th May 16 - 05:34

X-Men: Apocalypse is not a terrible film but it's a terrible waste of the talents of its director and cast. There's a variation of a particular line that always suggests to me that the writer of a sci-fi blockbuster isn't over-endowed with the ability to craft original dialogue. In Terminator: Genysis (sic) the skynet hijacked [...] (more)

Away on EU polling day?

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Sat 28th May 16 - 02:03

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Cameron and Osborne should stick to known facts and rigorous analysis

Posted by Frank Little on ffranc sais
Sat 28th May 16 - 00:30

refers. The biggest danger to occupational pensions comes from the idea that Saj Javid is floating, that trustees be given the power to change the nature of indexation. This will be a threat whether we are in or out of the EU, just as house prices depend almost wholly on UK government policy. As to state pensions, no government is going to upset the sector of the population which consistently votes in higher numbers than any other. Rather than exaggerate possible scenarios, Cameron and Osborne should point to sober analysis by respected independent bodies like the IFS. There is ... (more)

Dereham to Norwich Thorpe in 1968

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Fri 27th May 16 - 22:06

Another of those films of doomed East Anglian branch lines by Edward "Chib" Thorp, the railway-loving undertaker of Leigh on Sea. As ever, click on the picture above to watch the film on the BFI website. The good news is that almost all this track is still open to passengers. Wumondham to Norwich Thorpe (plain Norwich today) never closed. Dereham to Wymondham Abbey (a new station) is today operated by the preserved Mid Norfolk Railway, which leaves only a mile of track between Wymondham and Wymondham Abbey stations without trains. And in 2010, as the Eastern Daily Press reported, something ... (more)

Sign up to Cricket Badger

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Fri 27th May 16 - 20:47

From the Cricket Badger sign-up page: In July 2008, a cricket magazine started sending out an irreverent weekly email. People liked it. It started off with just a handful of subscribers and ended up with over 20,000. The email no longer goes out, so what do you do if you really enjoy Ian Austin references and cricket quotes taken completely out of context?The answer is sign up for Cricket Badger. It's exactly the same as the old magazine's newsletter but comes from a different website and the author's doing it for love, not money. What's not to like?And from today's ... (more)

Lord Bonkers' Diary: Reviewing David Laws' memoirs

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Fri 27th May 16 - 19:37

Friday A breeze stirs the May blossom, inspiring me to prop open the French windows in the Library. I settle down to review David Laws' memoir of his time in government for the High Leicestershire Radical and am embarrassed by my inability to find the volume. Only after I have led my staff in a systematic search do I find it propping open those windows. I find the book has three heroes: Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander and, above all, Laws himself. (Poor Huhne and High-Voltage Cable, who must be admitted to know how many beans make five, do not get ... (more)

Yes, it's Chat-Show Tim

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Fri 27th May 16 - 19:22

Charles Kennedy found that the path to public approval passed through chat-show studios. Now Tim Farron is taking it too. The other day he appeared on Matt Forde's Political Party.(Me neither. Apparently it's something the young people listen to.) You can hear how Tim did for yourself above. He appears at around 19:30 if you find Forde's opening set palls after a while. He turns out to be a better interviewer than he is a comedian and Tim comes over very well. And on Sunday he will be the latest guest on Ruth and Martin's Album Club. That is a ... (more)

Friday night fun with Farron and Forde

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Fri 27th May 16 - 18:15

The latest #politicalparty podcast is out, featuring Lib Dem leader @timfarron: https://t.co/7KTxFWkXo0 pic.twitter.com/GxGIoJcquc — Matt Forde (@mattforde) May 27, 2016 Tim Farron went on Matt Forde's Political Party the other night and the recording has been released today. It is hilarious. Tim is very funny, but also shows the substance and the principles behind everything he does. Pour yourself a wee glass of something nice, put your feet up and enjoy. This is just what you need on a bank holiday weekend, if it is one where you live. What was your favourite bit? (more)

Not letting the facts get in the way of a good story - Nick Clegg donation edition

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice
Fri 27th May 16 - 17:15

The Times Red Box website (£) has a story today about Nick Clegg giving money to the party. He's made two donations this year, totalling £14,300, to Sheffield. They embellish it a bit: He gave his party £7,000 on Valentines Day, and another £7,300 on March 31. Aww. That'd buy a few dozen red roses for Tim Farron, for starters. Except that he actually gave it on 15 January. 14 February is when it was formally accepted, 30 days later. None of this is surprising. We knew that Nick was giving some of the proceeds of speeches he's given to ... (more)

What has the EU ever done for us?

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Fri 27th May 16 - 16:55

Watch the latest video from the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign: What has the EU ever done for us? An awful lot, as it turns out - and here are almost forty reasons why we're stronger, safer and better off in Europe. If you'd like to know more about the wider topic, see my other European referendum posts, and in particular Nick Clegg's demolition of the anti-EU case. (more)