Regionalism – Brown is right, shame he did not take it on board when in power though

The BBC has the article on it website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51178628

I often think of Gordon Brown in a similar way to ex-US President Jimmy Carter, far more impressive out of power than when he was in it. But seriously this is a big issue and Brown, if belatedly, is hitting the right nail on the head. Regionalism has been at the heart of Liberal thinking for generations so of course he is right to start to champion it in England.

This, a direct quote from the BBC article, is pure Liberalism – “We have to give more power to people in the communities and in the localities and the regions. We have a far too over-centralised state based in one part of the country – an administrative, political and financial centre that excludes power from people out in the regions.”

And yes I accept that Labour did bring in regional government for Scotland and Wales as a positive step forward but to have stopped there was a mistake, a big mistake. If more powers had been devolved to the regions of England we may not now be in the sorry sate that we are. And no I’m not talking up City Region Mayors, they are just sticking plasters over the wounds of our great cities. Their powers are both concentrated in the hands of one person (wrong in my book) and too few to make much difference anyway.

I hope Labour takes up Gordon’s liberalising agenda.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Liverpool and its bucket fountain – seems there’s good news as it gets ‘listed’

Liverpool’s bucket Fountain – Photo credit English Heritage

The BBC has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50851709

Quote from BBC article – ‘A moving water sculpture, a Victorian chemist shop and a World War Two observation post were among hundreds of historic places protected in 2019. Here’s a look at some of the most eye-catching.

There were 553 new protected historic buildings and sites on the National Heritage List for England in 2019, including a vertical spinning tunnel, a lido and a Turkish bath.’

I’ve blogged about it previously – here’s a link to my most recent previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/08/21/liverpools-famous-bucket-fountain-still-needs-to-be-saved/

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Brexit – Aren’t the Police supposed to be politically impartial?

The BBC has the article on it’s website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-50544243

I don’t know about you readers but this ‘stunt’ and to me it looks to be little more than a politically motivated stunt is very worrying.

It’s the job of the police to uphold the law of the land not for individual officers to have other issues that they want to deal with.

Liverpool – Allerton Oak wins tree of the year

The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-merseyside-50141031

My attention was brought to this by my researcher Roy Connell who knows that by nature I’m a tree-hugger. The photo’s on the BBC website remind me very much of my own tree of every year the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest:-

Well I am from Nottighamshire originally, but seriously great news that Allerton Oak in the Woodlands Trust Tree of 2019.

Northern on the rocks and not before time in my view

‘The government is considering whether the management of the North of England’s largest rail commuter service should be taken into public hands’ – BBC website

The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50067806

Northern Rail Class 319 electric unit at Liverpool Lime Street Station

Buses and people with disabilities – This sad story is a utter shocker!

The shocking article, from the BBC’s website, available via the link below sadly highlights how poorly people with disabilities are served at times (probably far too often) by public transport operators.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-49972687

I don’t know about you but I was appalled to read the article; treating people with disabilities like this shames our whole society.

It may well be the case that disciplinary action is being taken with regard to bus drivers involved but the bus company itself should be subject to sanction too. No excuses; disability access issues on public transport have to be sorted. I’ve heard too many reports of people with disabilities being treated poorly/inconsiderately by operators of trains and buses. There needs to be severe penalties on the operators when things go wrong and those with disabilities suffer.