New Twitter account to follow - for the Lib Dem European referendum campaign

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 12:08

[IMG: Liberal Democrats In Together - European referendum campaign Twitter account] As the headline says: Join the fastest growing grassroots and community led campaign fighting to keep the UK a thriving and leading member of Europe. Join the fight now INtogether The account is @LDINtogether. And here are some of its recent (re)tweets: Manchester is #INtogether! Fantastic turnout, great energy and definitely ready for the fight! pic.twitter.com/zHQd72PVe2 — Catherine Bearder (@catherinemep) January 24, 2016 Picking up the theme I wrote about before, note the prevalence of Union Jacks* in the imagery on the Twitter timeline for @LDInTogether, by the way. ... (more)

Sex education motion leads to National Assembly wifi ban for Welsh Lib Dem website

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 11:55

Talking about sex can lead to internet filters having a bit of a hissy fit. A very sensible IR Cymru motion on sex education has meant that the Welsh Lib Dem website, where it appears on the Conference agenda. The Daily Post has the details: Just hours before the rally to kick start their annual conference the party's website has been barred by the bulding's public wi-fi. It has been placed in the same category of proscribed sites along with hard core porn sites. But it has emerged the reason for the block is that the conference programme mentions the ... (more)

Assange: From Townsville to Knightsbridge via Cloud Cuckoo Land

Posted by Paul on Liberal Burblings
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 11:47

Embed from Getty Images In Evelyn Waugh's "Handful of Dust", the fortunate owner of a fantastic Gothic English country pile, Tony Last, has an idyllic life which is gradually brought crashing down by a series of unfortunate events including betrayal by his wife. He ends the book trapped as a prisoner in the Brazilian jungle – the plaything of an insane tribal chief – having to continually read Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" to the inhabitants. I thought of this in connection with Julian Assange. He was born in the wonderful town of Townsville in Queensland, Australia (above), a place of ... (more)

Putting in a good word for Turkey and the Turks

Posted by Paul on Liberal Burblings
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 11:46

Embed from Getty Images I couldn't believe the UKIP Party Political Broadcast (PPB) earlier this week. It really is a new low for a PPB to comprehensively denigrate an entire country and its people. Turkey first applied to join the EU 29 years ago. They are going through a process, which is subject to ebb and flow, to become an EU member country. Of 35 "chapters" which are needed to be prepared for entry to the EU, Turkey are currently red on four and amber on a large number. There are concerns over Cyprus and human rights, particularly in relation ... (more)

Migrants' benefits debate is a proxy channel for xenophobia in some quarters

Posted by Paul on Liberal Burblings
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 11:45

"EU referendum: David Cameron wins Theresa May's backing" – reads the Guardian headline this morning. Hello? Theresa May is the Home Secretary! It is incredible that her backing for Cameron on this is presented as some sort of surprise. What the Prime Minister does should automatically have the backing of the whole cabinet. Are we saying that there are cabinet ministers who do not support the Prime Minister on his referendum stance? The cabinet's support for the PM on a crucial national matter appears to be in question. This is quite an extraordinary state of affairs. And it is also ... (more)

Happy Haunting: Episode 5 of Here Come The Double Deckers

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 11:30

No screenshots this time, I'm afraid - my picture quality for this episode is rather poor. Episode 5: Happy Haunting First shown: 10 October 1970 (US), 28 January 1971 (UK) Director: Harry Booth Writers: Harry Booth and Glyn Jones Appearing apart from the Double Deckers: Melvyn Hayes as Albert the Street Cleaner Clive Dunn as Hodge Pat Coombs as Doris Frederick Peisley as The Duke Ruth Kettlewell as The Duchess Plot Albert takes the gang on a trip to a stately home, but Billie and Tiger get locked in; the others' rescue attempts cause chaos to the castle's aristocratic owners ... (more)

A chance to work for Tim Farron - Research Officer and Parliamentary Assistant

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 11:25

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is expanding his team with a Research Officer and Parliamentary Assistant: This is a key position, with two distinct sets of responsibilities, which would suit someone who is capable of clear prioritisation and who is interested in politics at every level - from the constituency to the national arena. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, an ability to work under pressure and a clear grasp of the issues of the day and their political implications. They will understand the need to ensure Tim's constituency profile is maintained in Parliament and ... (more)

Assange: From Townsville to Knightsbridge via Cloud Cuckoo Land

Posted by Paul Walter on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 10:50

Embed from Getty Images In Evelyn Waugh's "Handful of Dust", the fortunate owner of a fantastic Gothic English country pile, Tony Last, has an idyllic life which is gradually brought crashing down by a series of unfortunate events including betrayal by his wife. He ends the book trapped as a prisoner in the Brazilian jungle – the plaything of an insane tribal chief – having to continually read Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" to the inhabitants. I thought of this in connection with Julian Assange. He was born in the wonderful town of Townsville in Queensland, Australia (above), a place of ... (more)

Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference open thread #1 - introduction and policing debate

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 09:43

I shall just start by saying that I love this auditorium. It's a lecture theatre so I am sitting up the back with my laptop on an actual desk, not precariously balanced on my lap. I should also mention that this is a Conference which has smashed all its budget projections. There are a healthy complement of stalls from external exhibitors, 6 fringe meetings today and a healthy attendance of over 250 members. And this is why conferences in lecture theatres are such a good idea. #wldconf pic.twitter.com/KrvLOizbMV — Caron Lindsay (@caronmlindsay) February 6, 2016 Eluned Parrott AM opened Conference ... (more)

The Left – Every sect thinks it's tribal way is the right way hence the Tories are in power more often than not

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Sat 6th Feb 16 - 09:28

The left of British politics has always been factionalised with numerous socialist parties coming and going, the Labour Party often engaged in vicious internal warfare (as they are at present) and the Lib Dems, in recent years, having been pulled towards economic rather than social liberalism. Of course looking back a while the SDP also failed to 'break the mould' as it became split by the 'Owen' factor amongst other things. The lack of unity on the left has always been a problem and our warped first past the post electoral system has also helped to put many Tory Governments ... (more)