Merseyrail and political opinions – A clash of beliefs?

A 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

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

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-48393548

This is an interesting situation and clearly Merseyrail were not fully aware of what the advertising company working on their behalf were doing. It led to a reverse ferret following a simple question to the public transport provider on Merseyside from a traveller who asked whether Merseyrail shared the opinions of Morrissey.

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station

Of course it also begs the question about how far those displaying advertisements should investigate the views of those who benefit from such advertising. When is censorship right or wrong? A tough question and your answer will often depend on whether you share or despair about the views of those who are subject to censorship.

Seaforth/Liverpool 2 – The container ship that could have sunk

The Liverpool Echo and BBC both have articles on their websites – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/crew-forced-abandon-container-ship-16324675

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-48399926

A quite remarkable listing of this huge container ship. I’ve not photographed this particular MSC vessel previously on the Mersey but here’s a sister ship of the same line:-

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Local Hero is probably my all time favourite film

I came across this article on the BBC website recently and it immediately took me back to that wonderful film Local Hero which I have seen so many times:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47934197

Progress and nostalgia meeting head on, no wonder the local council is trying to tread carefully

It also took me back to the early days of my time as a Sefton Councillor (early 2000’s) when new mobile phone mast planning applications were matters of huge controversy everywhere. Now, like television aerials, telegraph poles and electricity pylons, they are just just a part of every local street scene.

Sefton Council – will it be buying more shopping centers in the Borough?

Bootle New Strand shopping centre

In what can only be seen as a surprise move last year Sefton Council splashed out over £30m of public money to buy The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, a move that shocked many in these times of austerity for local authorities.

But it seems that buying shopping centres is quite the fashion for local councils these days as the article below details from the BBC website:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46625912

I’m the first to say that I’m highly sceptical of such moves by cash-strapped councils – it’s a massive gamble that could go horribly wrong. I had not realised that Wigan Council had purchased The Galleries but having walked around it’s all but deserted upper floor before Christmas you really do wonder what that council can do to bring back the lost retail outlets.

Of course, Sefton Council’s previous big move into retail property development was to take on the rebuild and running of Southport Indoor Market a few years back. This was another hugely controversial investment which I and others on the Council at the time opposed.

But as Sefton and indeed other councils are now firmly into retail property development will this mean other shopping centres locally will be snapped up at lowish prices using borrowed public money? Makes you wonder, especially when private sector owners seem to struggle to find the resources to upgrade down at heel shopping centres such as Maghull Square.

I’m not advocating that Sefton buys up more retail property, because I think it has too much risk attached to it, but if the Council’s Labour rulers really do think that acquiring shopping centres is the next big thing for municipal socialism why stop at Southport Market and Bootle Strand?

Thanks to both Roy Connell and Keith Page for the leads to this posting

Ambulances – What on earth makes people attack them?

This posting picks up on a most bizarre and appalling trend in vandalism – attacking/vandalising ambulances of all things!

The vast majority of folks will look upon an attack on an ambulance, or indeed ambulance staff, with utter disbelief yet such attacks are happening and far too often. The link below to the BBC website illustrates the problem:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46511576

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting