Lib Dem Leadership Hustings – Manchester event – Swinson shaded it for me

I attended the Lib Dem Leadership hustings event held in Manchester yesterday evening to help me decide whether to back Jo Swinson or Ed Davey. I came away more impressed with Davey than I expected to be but Swinson shaded it for me because of her engaging and down to earth way of connecting with her audience.

Those who know me well will realise that I had wanted Layla Moran to stand for Lib Dem Leader but probably for all the right reasons she decided not to. I’m guessing that she wants to get more experience under her belt before taking such a step.

I thought Davey was very good on the issues of climate change and the economics of switching from fossil fuels to renewable ones but Swinson was better for me across the whole range of questioning she came under at the event. And that range of questioning covered saving the NHS, stopping Brexit, investing in rail transportation in the north, equalities, education, climate change and other issues too.

I do however subscribe to Jonathan Calder’s view that this contest is between two Steel’s with no Pardoe. And for those not well up on Liberal history, when David Steel became Liberal leader his opponent was John Pardoe who was seen as being a more radical alternative for leader. It’s that more radical approach that I want to see from both the present Lib Dem leadership candidates. I don’t do Centrist moderation, it’s too comfortable – be more Pardoe please and challenge us all, whether we be Lib Dem members and supporters or not, to back a more radical and socially progressive Liberal movement.

Oh and by the way whilst backing Swinson, I will be content with either winning the contest so long as they embark on a radical agenda of course…….

Al Gore – Global Warming and how the rich are subverting our democracy

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/30/al-gore-interview-our-crumbling-planet-the-rich-have-subverted-all-reason-al-gore

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

Quote from the article ‘With the sequel to his blockbuster documentary An Inconvenient Truth about to be released, Al Gore tells Carole Cadwalladr how his role at the forefront of the fight against climate change consumes his life.’

I have long held the view that global warming is the greatest threat to the human race but it is often one that takes a political back seat in favour of less important but allegedly more immediate concerns. Just think how much you heard about it in the recent General Election – very little I would guess.

Yet ignoring it and denying it condemns future generations to a potentially hellish existence. That great mind Professor Steven Hawking predicted only recently that we will in effect destroy our home world and will have to find another one to ransack.

Anyone who is a climate change denier, in my view, is a threat to our future – end of.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this story

Prof. Brian Cox deals with a climate change denier

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37091391

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

Don’t you just love it when a climate change denier comes face to face with a common sense and brilliant scientific mind.

Now why am I not surprised that Malcolm Roberts is from Australia’s anti-immigration One Nation party.

I wonder how many UK Parliamentarians are climate change deniers?

Lib Dems – Their main pledges

* Balance the budget fairly through a mixture of cuts and taxes on higher earners
* Increase tax-free allowance to £12,500
* Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 with an extra £2.5bn and qualified teachers in every class
* Invest £8bn in the NHS. Equal care for mental & physical health
* Five new laws to protect nature and fight climate change

Looks like something I could vote for, how about you?