A bad start to new 292 Ludlow Kidderminster bus service as driver rows with passengers and even shoves one

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Sat 21st Apr 18 - 07:01

The new 292 service hadn't been easy to negotiate but we finally got a timetable. The new service began on Monday and reports from passengers had been favourable. It was all going well until Friday afternoon. The last bus back from Kidderminster to Ludlow was like nothing I had ever experienced. The bus was driven at high speed, overtaking everything on the Bewdley Bypass. At Cleobury Mortimer, it began to get very difficult. The driver was shouting that the service didn't go to Ludlow. A row with passengers escalated but we did get to Ludlow 15 minutes early. There the ... (more)

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The system is weighted against tenants, good and bad alike

Posted by Frank Little on ffranc sais
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 23:43

Oxfordshire County Councillor Kirsten Johnson posted on Liberal Democrat Voice about the recent Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee report . (You can read the complete Commons proceedings including Clive Betts' presentation of the report here.) What I found most disturbing was the evidence that: Citizens Advice told us that 44% of tenants said that a fear of eviction would stop them from negotiating with their landlord over disrepair. Shelter and Citizens Advice told us that they often reminded tenants about the risks of making complaints. We heard that 14% of tenants felt that they had been penalised for complaining, ... (more)

Some thoughts on Ipswich Town, courtesy of an outsider....

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 21:54

I ought to declare my (lack of) interest straight away - I'm a Luton Town supporter, more in the technical sense than the "turning up in rain or wind" one. My life is too complex, and the journey too much hassle, to be anything more than an interested observer. But, living in the heart of Suffolk as I do, the one thing that you can't help but notice is the place of Ipswich Town in community life. It perhaps does help that there isn't an acceptable, credible alternative for some distance. Norwich City are beyond the pale, except perhaps in ... (more)

"Fab: The first ice lolly for girls"

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 21:03

In this early spell of summer weather it is natural that my thoughts turn to ice lollies. I have been thinking in particular of the Fab lolly, which had a relaunch last year to mark its 50th anniversary. What is really scary is that I remember when Fab was new. I was also sure that I remembered that when it first appeared in the 1960s it was marketed as an ice lolly for girls. In fact I was certain I remembered that because, as a small boy in those days, you were desperate to try one but daren't be seen ... (more)

A government not fit to negotiate Britain's future global role

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 18:26

Commenting on the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Jo Swinson said:"Pinning all our hopes for the future of UK trade on the Commonwealth is reckless. "The UK currently exports nearly five times as much to the EU as it does to the Commonwealth countries. If Theresa May thinks that she can simply replace the EU market with new agreements with Commonwealth countries she is deluded. "The government wanted to use CHOGM as an opportunity to develop new relationships. Instead it has embarrassed itself in front of the whole world with ... (more)

Persecution of whistleblowers must be punished

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 18:13

Commenting on the decision to fine Barclays boss Jes Staley, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: "I welcome today's announcement from the FCA and PRU, which recognises and penalises Mr Staley's unacceptable persecution of whistleblowers at Barclays. "Whistleblowers have played a crucial role in exposing misconduct at the time of the financial crisis and since. They must be supported not suppressed, and banks - or any other organisation - that try to do so must be held accountable and punished. "While some punishment is better than no punishment, Mr. Staley has been allowed to continue in his role, and it ... (more)

Europe Reset, by Richard Youngs

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 17:56

This is the fourth of my political blog posts for this week, having previously reviewed Free Radical by Vince Cable, The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart and After Europe by Ivan Krastev. I had actually read these four books separately over February and March, but I think that weeks of meditation on them collectively has enriched my thinking on them; I hope you think so too. Second paragraph of third chapter of Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU, by Richard Youngs: It has become increasingly clear that the EU suffers from major deficiencies in democratic accountability. Analysts have ... (more)

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: manager of the month for March

Posted by Stephen Tall on Liberal Democrat Voice
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 16:29

Embed from Getty Images Our prepenultimate update from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Congratulations to Paul Noblet, our Manager of the Month for March. His Fisher FC scored an impressive 295 points, just edging out Alan Worthington's Iheanacho Cheese (288) and James Ludley's Mercedes-Baines (286). Here's the full league table: There are 200+ players in total. * Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall. (more)

Friday Five - questions via thefridayfive

Posted on Ten KitKats and a Motoring Atlas
Fri 20th Apr 18 - 16:19

1. Do you suffer from Spring Fever? I suffer from Spring Grump, because the nice coolness is going away and the horrible stifling warm is about to happen. 2. Have you ever been twitterpated (infatuated or obsessed. In a state of nervous excitement)? Oh lots. It happens to me regularly. 3. What does Spring taste like to you? Salad! Nice fresh salad. 4. When was the last time you visited an ice cream truck? Last summer at some point. There's one parks outside a local school that I have to walk past a lot, and I often fail to resist. ... (more)