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  • fvm9 (Photo by Appolinary Kalashnikova on Unsplash)
    Article: Oct 5, 2021

    Our Prime Minister loves a good slogan!

    With the global climate conference in Glasgow only a month away he has another one . "Coal, cars cash and trees" Not as snappy as get Brexit done but it aims to summarise areas of focus for the conference.

    So how is the UK actually doing on his agenda

    Coal

    The other thing our PM likes to do is throw out targets even if un-supported by actions. He did it again yesterday when he announced no coal generated electricity by 2035

  • mmnd
    Article: Oct 4, 2021

    Sunday morning is not a time we choose to watch TV but yesterdays interview with the Prime Minster was pretty extraordinary

    Interviewed by Andrew Marr he admitted that the government had been warned of the HGV driver shortage months ago and chosen to do nothing. When asked about the impact of a shortage of butchers risking a mass slaughter and incineration of 100000 pigs the best he could come up with is that they were going to die anyway!. Leaving aside the fact farmers will not get paid the idea its OK to pointlessly raise and kill so many animals seemed to pass him by.

  • bst4 (Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash Drive better results with a smart marketing platform)
    Article: Oct 3, 2021

    Following the sentencing of Sarah Everard's murderer and further revelations about the Metropolitan Police, Ed Davey, has called for a Royal Commission into male violence against women and girls and for misogyny to be immediately declared a hate crime.

    Ed said:

    Enough is enough. Since Sarah Everard's tragic death, 80 women have allegedly been killed at the hands of men. It is time to treat this issue with the most serious response possible.

    The undermining of the authority of the police around the safety of women means that only the most senior form of inquiry into this matter will do.

    Alongside immediate action to make misogyny a hate crime, a Royal Commission is the best way to bring long lasting change.

    The Conservatives promised a Royal Commission in their 2019 manifesto to look into the criminal justice system, in their first year in office. While they failed to deliver then, they should now establish a Commission with a more focused remit, specifically into men perpetrating violence against women and girls.

    Violence by men against women and girls is like a pandemic and should be treated with the same attention and urgency. After so many heartbreaking events this year alone it beggars belief that too many women still feel unsafe just walking alone. We can't live in a country where half of the people in it feel unsafe and under threat both in the street and for too many, tragically, in their own homes.

    Our criminal justice system is badly failing women, and the Government must act with urgency to do more to support survivors and prevent violence.

  • bhd4 (Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash)
    Article: Oct 2, 2021

    In recent weeks as vegetables go unpicked, warnings about Christmas Turkey's being in short supply along with empty supermarket shelves and closed petrol forecourts, a succession of ministers have appeared in the media to tell us not to panic and that any problems were the result of un-locking after covid. Questions about the contribution of the botched implementation of Brexit to the crisis that is unfolding before our eyes were brushed away derisively. Indeed at one stage the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps went as far as to claim that far from being a contributory factor, Brexit was indeed something that was helping us to manage issues better than would have previously been the case

  • pp9
    Article: Oct 1, 2021

    Penrith West, Eden DC Large orange diamondLD: 173 (43.5%, +2.8%) Deciduous treeCON: 87 (21.9%, -1.0%)

    Ind: 51 (12.8%, +12.8%) RoseLAB: 40 (10.1%, -12.1%)

    PCF: 28 (7.0%, +7.0%) Green circleGRN: 19 (4.8%, +4.8%) No UKIP (-14.4%) as previous.

    Lib Dem GAIN from CON.