Liverpool – What’s going on? – Our society is really sick when people get treated like this

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shocking-horrible-ways-people-treat-15778909

Is it me or have we become more selfish and intolerant in recent times? And why do some people feel the need to make fun of, intimidate and even attack those who look or speak differently to themselves? What fuels all this fear and loathing?

When I was at school in Maghull and there was a large epileptic colony in the Town I recall some youngsters making fun of the epileptics, some of whom had physical disabilities as well. As I grew up I realised it was fear of those who were different that caused the unfortunate reaction. To see an epileptic have an attack in the street can be disturbing if you don’t understand what is happening, so I guess fear of what happened was concealed by childlike mocking.

Then around the age of 17 I started to work with the epileptic residents at the Maghull Homes and I got to know some wonderful people and understand the challenges they faced every day. I guess I became a more rounded person through that experience.

What strikes me is that young people need to interact with people who are different by race, colour, sexual orientation, disability etc. etc. from an early age so that it becomes normal for them to accept such differences and to make friends with ‘different’ people.

But probably the biggest issue is that prejudices and fears of those who are different get passed down through family generations. I have said before in my postings that there was antisemitism in my family for reasons I have never understood but it stopped being passed down as I would not accept it.

Hate and fear is taught, young people don’t have to carry their parent’s prejudices with them.

Southport – Bid for funds to bring back former glory of it’s famous shopping street

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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/part-merseyside-could-look-completely-15794699

This has to be good news for our local seaside Town, assuming of course that the Council’s bid is successful. My good friend Sefton Councillor Nigel Ashton from Southport’s Meols Ward puts it well when he says – ‘We’ve been calling for something like this for years’.

A link back to my recent posting and in particular the postcard depicting Lord Street in its heyday seems appropriate:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/02/02/southport-for-mild-winters/

Liverpool’s ‘Bucket’ fountain’ – move proposal sparks protests

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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/people-dont-want-liverpools-bucket-15801178

I recall going to watch the bucket fountain as a young lad and yes it can be mesmerising as described in the Echo article. I also agree that it’s almost hidden location is a part of its charm.

I’ve signed the petition and would urge others to do so as well. Here’s a link to it:-

www.change.org/p/liverpool-city-council-save-the-bucket-fountain?recruiter=45146312&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

Sefton Council – Chief Exec’ Carney to retire

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/sefton-councils-chief-executive-margaret-15767682

Goodness me is it really 10 years since I sat on the recruitment panel which selected Margaret Carney as the new Chief Executive of Sefton Council to replace Graham Haywood? My recollection is that Margaret was head and shoulders above all the other applicants for the job and that it was a unanimous decision to appoint her.

If memory serves Margaret started out at Knowsley Council in an ordinary clerical role and through hard graft worked herself up to an Executive position at Rochdale Council from where she came to Sefton Council.

Straight forward, incredibly hard-working and a pleasure to work with is how I’d describe her from my former position as Leader of the Council and then Cabinet member perspective. I wish her well and hope she enjoys life after Sefton Council.

Liverpool – Its former St. James Station – Will it ever reopen?

The Liverpool Echo has the article (with the rather over-optimistic headline?) on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/inside-abandoned-st-james-station-15732458

I’ve posted about this long talked about reopening project before – here’s a link to my previous blog:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/09/08/liverpool-st-james-station/

The trouble with railway wish list projects like this is that they rarely move forward and what about the price tag – est £50m – for the new station! How on earth do we manage to get such a huge price tag for a new railway station? There must be something wrong with how railway infrastructure is procured in the UK?

Sefton High Schools – DfE reveal schools that are failing to meet government performance standards at GCSE

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-schools-were-named-amongst-15727697

I’ll start this posting by saying that I’ve never been particularly enamored of school league tables as they are only one aspect of what we all hope schools are trying to achieve with our young people. However, they’re a reality no matter how blunt an instrument they are and of course, many parents will use such performance standards at GCSE to decide which school to send their youngsters to.

Schools on lists such as these will surely be under pressure to improve their results and performance, indeed some could be dealt very heavy blows by the stats.

There are 3 Sefton High Schools on the list of schools across Merseyside/Liverpool City Region. And on a second list (within the Echo article) of Merseyside schools that are coasting, there are a further 3 although two of them duplicate schools on the former list.