Refugees: justice delayed is justice denied

Posted by Frank H Little on ffranc sais
Wed 2nd Sep 15 - 01:00

It occurred to me when posting yesterday's piece about food parcels that mid-twentieth-century opinion in the US was divided. For Bob Hope and his conservative friends, Brits were whining scroungers, taking undeserved advantage of Uncle Sam's generosity. (As the son of immigrant English and Welsh parents, Hope was a great example of the "pull up the ladder, Jack" syndrome.) To thankfully rather more of his fellow-citizens, the poor people of Britain had fought on the Home Front to keep the world safe from dictatorship and needed support in their time of great need. Similarly today David Cameron categorises all would-be ... (more)

Digital Comms Is Only Part of the Answer

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 23:37

There was a very convivial meeting of Liberal Democrats in Communications this evening, hosted by Rob Blackie in the basement of a welcoming upmarket pub in Pimlico. Apart from networking the idea was to hear from two speakers: Richard Morris, a successful advertising executive and author of the popular A View from Ham Common blog, [...] (more)

Clearing the podcast backlog

Posted by Andrew Hickey on Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 22:27

Just to say that I've started getting the podcast versions done of the August posts. They'll all be downloadable from the podcast site by the end of tonight. I will only be doing substantive posts, not the "I'm too sick to post" ones. (more)

Disused railway stations in Northamptonshire

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 22:22

Another fine crop, some of them close to Market Harborough. Earlier posts in this series: Devon, Bedfordshire, North Lincolnshire, East Sussex, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Cumbria, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Rutland. Northumberland, Shropshire, Suffolk, East Riding of Yorkshire, Norfolk, Wiltshire and Hertfordshire. (more)

How difficult is it to replace a hair dryer?

Posted by tim on Just One More Ten Pence Piece ...
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 21:59

It's clearly more complicated than you might think, as Premier Inn has special signs to announce that this is what's happening. Who knew?! (more)

Campaigners Condemn Bank Closures

Posted by John Dodd on Meols Lib Dems
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 21:35

Campaigners condemn bank closures A campaign by two Lib Dem councillors to save a Southport bank has been strongly backed by local residents. A petition organised by Councillors Pat Keith and John Dodd against the proposed closure of Nat West's Churchtown branch has attracted hundreds of signatures and messages of support from residents and businesses. Local Solicitors, Cockshott, Peck and Lewis have pledged their support and Wendy Tyson, resident Solicitor at their Churchtown Office said: " We visit this branch on a daily basis to bank cheques, it's always busy and regularly used by businesses and local families. There's free ... (more)

Closing courts will "provide better access to justice" says Cheadle's Tory MP

Posted by Iain Roberts on Keith, Graham and Iain
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 20:36

Cheadle's Conservative MP has claimed that closing courts will "provide better access to justice". Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Mary Robinson said After these changes, over 95 per cent of people will still be able to reach their required court within an hour by car and those people living in Cheadle and Stockport can reach Manchester in 15 minutes by train and 45 minutes by bus. We can only provide better access to justice if we take difficult decisions to reduce the cost of courts and reinvest the savings in a modernised service. We don't know whether she realises ... (more)

Liberal Youth Elections 2015 are go! #lyelects

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 20:11

It's that time of year again – Federal Liberal Youth and the Welsh organisation IR Cymru are electing the teams which will lead them through the next year. The new executives will take office on 1st November. I am Returning Officer for the third year. Any member of the party who is under 26 or is in full-time education is eligible to vote. Everyone the party thinks fits those categories should have had an email on Sunday evening. If you haven't, please check your Spam folder. If it's not there, get in touch with membership department here and ask them ... (more)

Is George Orwell's view of England still true?

Posted by Paul Walter on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 19:54

[IMG: George-orwell-BBC] Over on the (unaffiliated) Journeyman blog there is a review of George Orwell's collection of essays called Why I write, which was originally published in 1946. The review quotes a couple of passages where Orwell makes observations about England. (I apologise that these opinions are very specifically given about England only, rather than the country as a whole). The first passage is about the artistic and intellectual characteristics of the English: Here are a couple of generalizations about England that would be accepted by almost all observers. One is that the English are not gifted artistically...the English are ... (more)

Labour Leader: The Poisoned Chalice

Posted by Ryan Lailvaux on Roaming Ryan
Tue 1st Sep 15 - 19:03

It feels like a lifetime ago since Ed Miliband threw in the towel that kicked off the race for the new Labour leader and it is still over a week ... Continue reading → (more)