Exposing UKIP to the light of day

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Click to enlarge the letter.

This is a real letter delivered in Sefton Borough!

About the only things that I can agree with are the bits about Labour’s illegal Iraq War, which the Tories supported, (but the writer does not seem to realise that we Lib Dems opposed that war every inch of the way) and Labour’s disastrous deregulation (light touch) of the banks. The rest of this UKIP letter is quite, well, off the wall in my view.

How come we Lib Dems are the only ones willing to take on UKIP? What spooks Labour and Tories about UKIP?

Kings Gardens Southport – The improvements are looking good

The huge project to refurbish Kings Gardens on Southport’s front next to the Marine Lake are showing signs of the area being returned to if not its former glory then a modern interpretation of it.

I went to have a good look at the work recently and took a number of photo’s. Here are some of them with a brief commentary on each one:-

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The old cast iron and glass shelters were a sorry state but have now been given a new lease of life

The old cast iron and glass shelters were a sorry state but have now been given a new lease of life

This shows some of the detailed refurbishment of the shelters.

This shows some of the detailed refurbishment of the shelters.

New uncovered seating is in the same style as the original and nicely done too.

New uncovered seating is in the same style as the original and nicely done too.

The pedestrian bridge over Marine Lake is undergoing significant works.

The pedestrian bridge over Marine Lake is undergoing significant works.

The last photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Southport Model Railway Village

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www.southportmodelrailwayvillage.co.uk/

Let’s face it if you are male of any age you probably like trains, even those of you who are not prepared to admit it! And railways are not always a male preserve as I know women who are interested in trains.

Here, at Southport Model Railway Village, you have just about the largest size of model railway that can be bought. The tracks are 45mm apart and it is called G Scale; much bigger than Hornby’s OO and even larger than O scale. What’s more G Scale trains are made for running outside hence this large outdoor model railway village is worth a visit.

If you go to the Village web site you can click on ‘Gallery’ and watch the videos of trains running at a fast model speed.

Here are a few shots I have taken on previous visits there:-

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Some of these photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Southport Air Show

As spring returns and we start to think of outdoor activities how about this shot taken at Southport Airshow in 2006 showing the Utterly Buttery Team in action with their wing walkers. Admittedly, you can only barely make out the wing walkers in this shot.

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The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Media bias – You have to fight it or live with it as a Liberal

Media bias against Liberals has gone on for generations especially in the press; national certainly and locally too at times. The days of newspapers holding a Liberal line are long gone and it probably comes down to fact that journalists bringing their own political prejudices to the table as well as having to carry those of the paper’s owner. By the way I am not wishing to see a paper biased towards Liberal views as that would be replacing one prejudice with another; what I want to see is balanced reporting.

But then there’s the BBC, yes the BBC, because it seems to be at it too. On Friday 16th January Radio 4’s Any Questions is being broadcast from Greenbank High School in Southport and I have discovered that the programme has TWO well-known Tories and NO Lib Dem appearing.

My colleague and Southport Cllr. Tony Dawson says “This would be bad enough anywhere but in a town where 50 per cent voted Lib Dem at general election and 16 out of 21 councillors are Lib Dem it’s pathetic.”

For the record the advertised Tories are Anna Soubrey, Defence Minister and “Liverpool based textiles businessman Tony Caldeira.” who just happens to have been the Tory candidate in the Liverpool Mayor election.

You can bet that the BBC is getting complaints about this carry on!

Southport to London Trains – If only!

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My good friend Cllr. Tony Dawson of Dukes ward in Southport sent me a copy of a railway timetable from 1966 which shows how well served Southport once was in terms of rail connections.

Cllr. Tony Dawson

Cllr. Tony Dawson

Of course it still has an excellent service to Liverpool but has sadly lost its line to Preston altogether. The line to the east from our local seaside resort goes to Manchester via Wigan and let’s face it it is a second rate service with second rate coaching stock.

John Pugh MP for Southport

Dr John Pugh, the MP for Southport, has been raising this matter very publicly and readers may recall his appearance on a TV programme in December 2012 about the poor quality of Pacer Trains used on the Southport – Wigan – Manchester line and indeed many other lines in the North West of England.