Crosby – It’s library looks more than a little the worse for wear sadly

Having been to Crosby Library a number of times recently it has been brought home to me how much it needs a little TLC.

I recall during my 15 years as a Sefton Councillor thinking similar thoughts and maybe I am as much to blame myself for not trying to do something positive to improve things?

The Civic Hall behind the Library has been moldering away for many years now but frankly it too was in very poor internal condition the last time I was in there prior to its mothballing/closure.

The building is certainly a child of its times with that 1960’s look to the architecture that makes it hard to love.

Surely things can’t continue as they are and that at some point Sefton Council will need to give this much needed and busy library a new lease of life?

Maghull – Latest Photos of Maghull North Railway Station

A Merseyrail Ormskirk to Liverpool train rushes past the construction site on 19th February. Seen from the Park Lane overbridge. The new Poppy Fields development is on the left and Mersey Avenue housing is to the right.

Maghull North’s controversial new twin towers (lift shafts) as seen from the School Lane overbridge also on 19th February.This shot reverses the view so Mersey Avenue is to the left and Poppy Fields to the right.

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End of life care for the homeless

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0JomMKNzUg

Please take a few moments to have a look at the You Tube video from the House of Commons linked above.

To me such proposals are what Liberalism is all about – caring for those without a voice who are very much marginalised in our society. Even better this Bill seems to have a cross-party support from MP’s of other political parties.

It can only be hoped that this Bill is given a fair wind as opposed to the chill wind of the streets where some unfortunate homeless people presently have to end their lives.

Brexit, Momentum & the Labour Party

It seems odd but the Brexit policy stance of our Official Opposition in the UK is providing cover for our Bluekip/DUP Government of the ever further right. And yes it’s very uncomfortable for those of us on the left of UK politics who are vastly Remainers, but sadly it is where we are.

In some ways I understand that moderate Labour MP’s (who make up a majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party) are in the main keeping their heads down over Brexit, even though they know it will be a disaster for the UK. They do so of course because they fear deselection and or trouble from a Momentum dominated Party membership. But the longer they keep quiet the more Labour allows our appalling Government to push ahead on Brexit.

I am convinced that a joint credible Labour/Lib Dem/SNP/Green push against Brexit would all but finish off a deeply divided Tory Party.

But it seems we need not only moderate Labour MP’s but moderate Labour Party members to rise up to try to force a change in the Labour leadership’s pro-Brexit policy approach.

What’s the point of Labour trying to win the next General Election if it can’t carry out its spending pledges because Brexit has broken our weak economy into pieces? Why doesn’t the Labour Leadership see this for itself?

Yes I know loyalty to the Party is everything in Labour but surely the many Remainers in Labour can get to grips with the fewer Brexiters.

And the bottom line, Brexit will lead to the loss of things that the trade union movement has fought for over generations. Brexit is a Loss of Rights Charter for the ordinary man and woman – it must be stopped.

NHS funding crisis which will get worse with Brexit!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shocking-report-aintree-hospital-lays-14318150

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

And we should not be surprised because we all know the NHS is close to breaking point. What’s more the prospects are for things to get worse with Brexit!

So sad that our political leaders both in Government and in the Official Opposition are both ploughing on with Brexit when they know it will further cripple vital public services.

You can’t have a great NHS if the economy is broken; wake up smell the coffee. Time for rank and file Tory and Labour members to get a grip of their political parties whose Leaderships seem determined to chuck us all over the economic cliff of Brexit and the NHS with it.

Rimrose Valley Country Park – Discover the Fulwood Wetlands this coming Sunday

Rimrose Valley Country Park

www.rimrosevalleyfriends.org/events/discover-the-fulwood-wetlands-on-rimrose-valley-free/

Full details are on the Rimrose Valley Friends web site – see link above

Discover the Fulwood Wetlands on Rimrose Valley – FREE
Join Rimrose Valley Friends, led by the Amazing local Ranger Eugene, for a stroll on Rimrose Valley.

Starting at the Derwent Road Entrance, Crosby L23 0SX on Sunday, 25th February, 2018 at 10.30am

Watch out though it may be cancelled in poor weather – see link above