Merseyside Labour – They didn't learn Kinnock's lesson so Starmer's sent more learning pills

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 13:40

I've seen a number of social media postings from journalists, political commentators and politicians in the last couple of days regarding there being no Merseyside MP's in Starmer's new Shadow Cabinet. Here's my take on it. Merseyside Labour Party decided to indulge itself in another round of Militantism, only this time it was called Momentum/Corbynism. And just like the previous time (1980's) they got slapped down; last time by Kinnock now by Starmer. It really is as simple as that. Yes of course there will have been MP's and indeed councillors who pretended to be Corbynistas to either avoid deselection ... (more)

It's time for us to get out of people's lives

Posted by Tom Purvis on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 13:06

It's time for us to defining what we are for, rather than simply what we are against. A new Labour leader who is far more electable than the previous, and a Conservative Government that is currently polling really well, puts the Lib Dems in a tricky electoral position. Part of the problem is that people seemingly know what we are against, such as Brexit, but people don't really know what we are for. It's what we are for that we can then create a positive message for the UK, a vision that people can get behind. I think we should ... (more)

Check your washing machine and tumble dryer

Posted by Chris on Focus on Sodbury, Yate and Dodington
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 12:06

A good moment to check. Safety isn't just about coronavirus. Have you tested your smoke alarms recently? (more)

Blame game

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 12:00

This report in this morning's Guardian is astonishing, if only because in the midst of a major national crisis it is alleged that senior politicians in the government are briefing against civil servants in an attempt to pass the buck for failures on testing and PPE: From the BBC to bin collectors, shop workers to care home staff: all have suddenly been recognised as vital and appreciated by public and politicians alike. However, as pressure mounts over the capacity for coronavirus testing and the supply of personal protective equipment and ventilators, finding someone to blame rather than fixing the problem ... (more)

LibLink: Christine Jardine MP: Coronavirus crisis shows why the BBC is so special

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 11:21

Our public service broadcaster is the focus of Christine Jardine MP's Scotsman column this week. She highlights the corporation's role in keeping the nation informed in a way that other broadcasters simply can't: In this crisis more than ever in my lifetime I am aware of those two words which set the BBC and to a less extent Channel 4, apart from the purely money-making platforms of the technological explosion: public service. How many over 75s, or low-income households would have been able to afford pay per view services to keep up to date with health advice or social services? ... (more)

Shaggy Dog

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance!
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 11:15

No time for sanctimony; never mind hypocrisy. My heart rose because yours slowed: You were a complete eejit who harmed our country greatly in the cause of your career. But you've bluffed against the devil's dice. Maybe hell will mend you now. (more)

What Keir Starmer becoming Labour leader tells us about party politics in the current era

Posted by Nick on
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 11:08

A well-known and liked journalist posted something along the lines of "Keir Starmer becoming leader of Labour proves I'm right in 1,000 words – off you go" on Twitter this week. The reason I bring this up is because I am about to do the exact opposite; Starmer becoming leader proves most of the things I felt politically convinced of over the last few years incorrect. His victory has helped me understand this. One thing I was wrong about was the idea that Labour had been lost to the far left. Now, Starmer may fail to properly re-professionalise the Labour ... (more)

My tweets

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 11:00

Mon, 12:56: Similar story here in Belgium. Mon, 13:14: Again, guardedly optimistic news in Belgium; the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has fallen for the f... Mon, 14:54: RT @OrangeOrder: Statement from Grand Master Wor. Bro. Edward Stevenson regarding the Twelfth of July parades Mon, 16:05: RT @GDRPempress: This morning's mental health must: what a penguin weigh-in looks—and sounds—like: Mon, 17:11: The worst president. Ever. Balanced and fair, by Max Boot. Mon, 18:56: Eight living ex-Doctors who I have met, and one that I haven't! 4) Tom Baker 5) Peter Davison 6) Colin ... (more)

EU's response to communists' fake news

Posted by Frank Little on ffranc sais
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 10:05

[IMG: Examples of false narratives trending on social media] The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initially concealed information about the spread of the virus. Research suggests that they thereby delayed measures to alleviate the spread of the disease. At the same time, the CCP launched far-reaching efforts to silence domestic criticism.The CCP's efforts to restore Beijing's tainted image both at home and abroad include attempts to export the blame for the virus via a wave of conspiracy theories, in a move that seems to be inspired by the Kremlin's well-known tactics. At the same time, Beijing has launched a highly visible ... (more)

Planning Applications Update April 2020 Holyrood Ward

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone
Tue 7th Apr 20 - 09:17

Not the most important thing happening at the moment, but there have been a few planning applications in the last month. Please just let us know if you have any queries. Lawful development certificate for existing use – The Renewable Design Company are completing the...Broadfield Court, Park View Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1QFRef. No: 65366 | Received: Thu 26 Mar 2020 | Validated: Thu 26 Mar 2020 | Status: RegisteredSingle storey extension at side 7 Brooklawn Drive, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2GSRef. No: 65365 | Received: Thu 26 Mar 2020 | Validated: Wed 01 Apr 2020 | Status: Registered (more)