Brian Paddick writes... Chairman Mao might have backed Labour's ID card plans, but Lib Dems won't

Posted by Brian Paddick on Liberal Democrat Voice
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 18:43

In the House of Lords today, Labour tried to resurrect the National Identity Card scheme with some support from the Conservative benches. The Government Home Office minister countered that it was too expensive and ineffective in that those we would most want to carry an ID card are the least likely to carry them. Liberal Democrats object to the compulsory carrying of identity cards on principle, as an infringement of the liberty and the right to privacy of those lawfully going about their business but there are other reasons why a national identity scheme should remain dead and buried. Not ... (more)

David Mackintosh MP and the finances of Northampton Town

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 18:31

Over the summer the finances of Northampton Town have been in the news. David Conn wrote a good summary of this byzantine affair in the Guardian at the start of the month: Put bluntly, there is a huge, grim question over where £10.25m has gone, which was lent to the club by Northampton borough council between September 2013 and August 2014, specifically to pay for improvements to its Sixfields stadium, including a new East Stand.All that exists in return for so much money are minor works on the west stand, floodlights understood to have cost a little over £100,000, and ... (more)

McInnes Welcomes Discussions On Spying

Posted by dawudislam on LibDemHAME
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 18:21

Scottish Liberal Democrats MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed the news today that the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee will on Tuesday next week discuss the revelations of Police Scotland spying that came to light yesterday. The Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) yesterday confirmed Police Scotland had 'recklessly' breached the law on five occasions as officers tried... More McInnes Welcomes Discussions On Spying (more)

Thursday reading

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 18:14

Current Waiting for Elizabeth, by Joan Rosier-Jones Babes in a Darkling Wood, by H.G. Wells Keeping it Real, by Justina Robson Last books finished Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol 1, ed. von Dimpleheimer The Battle for Gaul, by Julius Caesar The Invention of Happiness, by Brian W. Aldiss Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol 2, ed. von Dimpleheimer Dodger, by Terry Pratchett The Wonder City of Oz, by John R. Neill Bits of Me are Falling Apart, by William Leith Next books When I Was a Child I Read Books, by Marilynne Robinson Moon Over ... (more)

Dog gets stick wedged in its 'manhood' in million-to-one accident

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 18:01

The Rutland & Stamford Mercury wins our Headline of the Day Award by a distance. However, I have two observations to make. First, shouldn't that be 'doghood'? Second, what excuse did the dog give to the vet? "I was doing some carpentry in the nude when I slipped...?" (more)

The missing Liberal Democrat photo

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 16:25

Think back to what the Liberal Democrat message was in the last Parliament. Much of it was about 'look at all these nasty things we've stopped the Tories doing'. A reasonable claim based on the facts but politically an ineffectual one when it came to votes being counted. Why? Well one simple reason is given by another question. What's the photo that comes to mind when you think of how the Lib Dems stopped extreme Tory policies time and again over five years? Er... That is the problem. If I asked you for a photo of how the Liberal Democrats ... (more)

Small signs of progress in local government gender balance for Lib Dems

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 15:55

The proportion of Liberal Democrat local council candidates candidates who are female showed an improvement in this year's council elections in England, but not enough of an improvement to change the flat long-term trend. The broader context is that, once allowing for the fluctuations year by year depending on which seats are up for election*, the numbers have been flat for 25 years. The current figures are a little worse than around the turn of the century but up with most of the 1990s. When it comes to gender balance amongst those elected, this year saw a small symbolic achievement, ... (more)

How oil is funding the jihadi terrorists

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 15:21

There is a very interesting article in the Financial Times that demonstrates how ISIS is being funded by those opposed to them through their control of Syrian oilfields. The paper says that oil is the black gold that funds Isis' black flag. It fuels its war machine, provides electricity and gives the fanatical jihadis critical leverage against their neighbours: But more than a year after US President Barack Obama launched an international coalition to fight Isis, the bustling trade at al-Omar and at least eight other fields has come to symbolise the dilemma the campaign faces: how to bring down ... (more)

Demonstration outside Parliament by Bangladesh minorities

Posted by Eric Avebury on Eric Avebury
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 15:03

My letter to Minister Hugo Swire MP: From Lord Avebury P1524112 November 24, 2015 Dear Mr Swire, I attach a letter from the Bangladesh Human Rights Alliance about a demonstration opposite Parliament on November 18 which I attended. As I'm sure you know, although in the past there has been reasonable harmony between the various faiths in Bangladesh including those of no faith, there has been a downward trend in recent years, with violent attacks on persons and property by Islamist terrorists, including the hacking to death of five secular bloggers. The government hasn't been able to bring the perpetrators ... (more)

Maghull Labour – Yet another resignation!!!!!

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus » Sefton Focus
Thu 26th Nov 15 - 14:47

What is it with Labour councillors in Maghull, they seem to resign by the minute and it has happened yet again with a Cllr. Jenny Southern going! [IMG: Maghull Town Hall] Labour was only elected with a clean sweep of 16 councillors on Maghull Town Council in May of this year yet already one has gone and that follows the almost too many to count (9 in fact – including one in Formby) Labour resignations of recent times. [IMG: Notice of vacancy posted on Maghull Town Hall] Notice of vacancy posted on Maghull Town Hall My previous posting (amongst many) ... (more)