Monthly Archives: May 2019

Poor Theresa?

Poor Theresa 

Austin Mitchell writes “One can’t help feeling sorry for a Prime Minster so limited but so honourable, who was so brutally treated by her own party. The bitterly divided Tories are able to agree on only one thing; dump the leader. So they did. Now they can get back to fratching about Brexit.

“History will show that Theresa came in with a very good caring speech and went out on a very moving repeat. It was the bit in between that wasn’t so good. The promises of a fairer society, control of bad business, and dropping the white elephant follies such as HS2 and Hinkley Point were never fulfilled. Nor was her vow to deliver Brexit.

“She’s accused of not building a wider unity and never compromising. But that’s just not true. Labour was too divided and its leader not in control of his euro-loving party to offer any help. Given a choice between Europe and the British people, most Labour MPs prefer Juncker

“Theresa listened too much to civil servants who couldn’t bear to leave Europe and be subject to the vagaries of British politicians. She made far too many compromises, to please the clamorous Remainers and an EU incapable of compromising, lest it fall apart. She went in breathing goodwill and a desire for good relations but came out naked, bruised and trapped in the EU’s cunning cage. Reason, right and democracy are no weapons against that lot.

“In the process, Theresa lost her negotiating weapons. The first she chucked away by agreeing to hand over the money before the deal and trap herself among the steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone. The second was taken away by the rampant Remainers, soft-hearted socialists and naive idiots who rushed to bind Britain against a no-deal Brexit. Successful negotiation required us to carry a big stick. Theresa went naked into the conference chamber. Not a pretty sight.

“Her self-immolation doesn’t solve our national problem. It simply passes it to someone else. So what happens now? The Great Establishment Clobbering Machine will move into overtime against Boris Johnson to stop the Tories choosing him. All the other candidates will compromise on a compromise, and propose a second referendum to reject it, thus passing responsibility for humiliation from the politicians to the people.

“The EU, beleaguered by populists and unable to solve its own problems of refugees and the dysfunctional euro, will say “That’s it. No new negotiations” because that’s the only thing on which they can agree. Big business will howl with fear at the prospect of competing outside the EU’s protective bloc. The establishment will launch a new campaign of fear, which may include bubonic plague. And Labour will reject a Tory Brexit without offering a Labour one. MPs will clamour to hand the problem back to the people in the hope that they’ll be happy to remain euro-slaves, because they’re no good at anything else.

“Not an edifying spectacle. The Great British public might wonder why their much vaunted politicians are incapable of doing what the nation told them to. But they’re too British to throw paving stones or destroy speed cameras, like the French. They’ll just relapse into something more British but far more potent. Quiet contempt. Killing the wicked witch doesn’t make for a happy ending”.

The “Partial To Remain” BBC

Do you watch BBC political programmes and wonder about the bias for “remain in the EU?”

A couple of years ago MPs complained direct to Lord Hall, the BBC Director General about coverage of Brexit. They wrote

“Brexit is the most important political challenge facing our country. Bearing in mind the new Royal Charter’s first ‘Public Purpose’ is to impartial news, as national broadcaster the BBC has a special obligation to ensure that it reflects available evidence and the balance of argument on the subject as fairly as possible.

“We believe the BBC has fallen far short of this high standard. No doubt the BBC often nurtures first-class journalism but its position depends on trust. If politicians and the public don’t view it as an impartial broker, then the future of the BBC will be in doubt.

“When Sir David Clementi, the incoming Chairman of the BBC, gave evidence to the Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee in January, he insisted that the Corporation’s treatment of Brexit after the referendum had walked “a good path down the middle” – despite acknowledging that fewer viewers than ever now trust its coverage. We know many Leave-voting constituents have felt their views have been unfairly represented. This phenomenon is weakening the BBC’s bond with the 52 per cent who voted Leave and all who wish to make a success of the decision made.

“In particular, the Corporation’s focus on ‘regretful’ Leave voters, despite there being no polling shift towards Remain since the referendum, has led some to believe it is putting its preconceptions before the facts. Meanwhile, the posturing and private opinions of EU figures are too often presented as facts, without the vital context that they are talking tough ahead of the exit negotiations.

“It particularly pains us to see how so much of the economic good news we’ve had since June has been skewed by BBC coverage which seems unable to break out of pre-referendum pessimism and accept new facts. Some of the signatories of this letter shared many of the concerns about the economic impact of Brexit, but all are delighted to find forecasts of immediate economic harm were at best misplaced. So-called ‘despite Brexit’ reporting may be expected of a partisan press, but licence fee-payers have the right to expect better.

“The BBC has a much larger market share than any newspaper, it runs the most-used news website in the country, on top of its television and radio coverage. This, as well as viewers’ belief in its neutrality, means that BBC bias can have a substantial effect on national debate. BBC coverage also shapes international perceptions of the UK: we fear that, by misrepresenting our country either as xenophobic or regretful of the Leave vote, the BBC will undermine our efforts to carve out a new, global role for this country.

“We are therefore asking you to take steps to correct these flaws in the BBC’s coverage of our EU exit at the earliest moment”.

The response? “Impartiality has always been the cornerstone of BBC News. It remains so today”. Really? They didn’t sack Marr for his false news.

What’s changed? Nothing. You can watch one BBC interviewer invite five remainers to discuss Brexit. When have you seen five leavers invited? Never.

You Can Take Part In The 2019 Citizens Survey

Are you a West Lancashire resident

with something to say about West Lancashire Borough Council and the services it provides? Then make sure you respond to the authority’s 2019 Citizens Survey.

A number of important themes are covered in the survey including community safety and satisfaction levels with Borough Council services as well as your feedback on what it is like to live in West Lancashire.

A number of residents have been sent a letter inviting them to take part in the Survey and give their opinions so they can help influence decisions that will be taken by the Council. But everyone living in West Lancashire can take part in the survey, even if they have not received a letter inviting them to do so, by completing the survey online.

The survey opens on 27 May 2019 and people will have until 8 July 2019 to give their opinions. Visit Citizens Survey from 27 May 2019 to do the survey online.

Cllr Ian Moran, Leader of the Council, said “The Citizens Survey is an important opportunity for people living on West Lancashire to give their views on the important issues raised in the Citizens Survey”.

What are these surveys worth?

Not much, if past experience is anything to go by. For example, the West Lancashire Borough Council citizen survey 2015 was undertaken with residents across the borough of West Lancashire. The aim of the survey was to determine views on Council spending, community safety and their opinions on Council services and the Council as a whole.

An eight page survey was posted to 4,500 residents of West Lancashire on 19 January 2015 and the fieldwork closed on 8 March 2015. A single reminder was issued by post on 10 February. In total 1,208 questionnaires were returned, resulting in an overall response rate of 27%.

But the total population of West Lancashire in 2015 was 112,742. Does WLBC feel that such a small survey, 1,208 respondents, more like 1%, is worth repeating in 2019? Especially because WLBC out-sources the survey to a private company. 

Waste of public money? Probably.

The Ending Of May

A national journalist writes, of Theresa May

‘Her legacy is to have presided over three wasted years of vacillation, obfuscation, cowardice, downright sabotage and the destruction of a once-proud democracy, where MPs used to feel honour-bound to represent the will of the people who paid their wages.

‘Theresa May, to her eternal disgrace, has turned Britain, one of the world’s greatest economies and military powers, into an international laughing stock.

‘She has broken Brexit, and now Brexit has broken her. What else is there to say?

“She was a fourth-rate Home Secretary, responsible for everything from the Windrush scandal to the explosion in knife crime, and will be remembered as the worst Prime Minister in living memory, even though the sooner her disastrous term in office is forgotten the better”.

And another journalist writes

“Sorry to intrude on personal grief, but now we’ve all dutifully trudged off to exercise our suffrage in the European elections, as life-affirming as root canal work in a powercut, I feel I ought to reach out.

“How are you, in yourself? Or, more accurately, where are you? You might not be at the same point as I am on the Kübler-Ross spectrum, but I reckon the five stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and resignation just about cover the entire country’s emotional response to Mrs May”.

Today, tearful Theresa May said

“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold, the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.

NB from Austin Mitchell ex MP “Theresa came to power with an inspiring speech. She left office with a moving one. The bit in between wasn’t too good”.

Happy In Burscough?

OWLs are “Happy in Burscough”

As they report “Great news for Burscough as the speculative application from Jones Homes to build 38 houses on Red Cat Lane has been withdrawn by the Developer.

“Jones Homes only brought forward this application and caused such concern to local residents because Labour’s ill-conceived local plan proposals gave them (or so they thought) a green light.

“With Labour’s local plan proposals back to the drawing board, the existing local plan (from 2012) did its job of defending areas like this (as it has in the past). The planning committee report produced last week which quoted heavily from the 2012 local plan caused this developer to head for the hills”.

Trading With The EU

John Redwood writes about 

“179 states trade successfully with the EU with no customs union or single market membership. I am grateful to facts4eu for reminding us of this important truth. You do not have to bind yourself to the EU to trade with the EU. Our industries already have mixed supply chains with components and raw materials from non EU countries getting along just fine as well as EU products.

Meanwhile, the BBC has published fake news about the net cost of our EU membership. It’s understated by circa £3billion. Shocking!

Time To Drain The Swamp?

As we read today

If she had even a shred of dignity left, Theresa May would have resigned. She has ruined the Conservative Party, turbocharged the return of Nigel Farage and her disgraceful Withdrawal Agreement stands no chance of getting through Parliament. Her temperament, character and interpersonal skills have been cruelly exposed as not up to the standard required for the job. Her record is one of unmitigated failure, and a Prime Minister with more self-respect would have stepped down of her own accord, if only to put a stop to this horrific, never-ending humiliation.

For someone not renowned for their witty repartee, sparkling Commons chamber oratory or indeed having any discernible political personality, Philip Hammond can always surprise us with his shameless chutzpah and brass neck. However, like the Prime Minister, he’s nearing the very end of the road, and will probably be fired by whoever succeeds Theresa May. He doesn’t care what most Tories think of him now, and is not holding back his opinions.

Just drain the swamp!

Ta-ra, Theresa?

‘I have been an MP for 14 years

and I have never seen such anger among colleagues. She is desperate, she is deluded and she is doomed’ David Jones, the former Brexit minister, has said.

May said “The Government will therefore include in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum”.

Ta-ra Theresa!



Housing Company ‘Banned’ By Joe Anderson?

The Liverpool Echo

has reported that a housing company ‘banned’ by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson Is behind plans for a ‘New Community’ on land east of Maghull.

In August 2017, Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes submitted a joint planning application for 830 homes on land north of Poverty Lane. Separately, The East Maghull Consortium has submitted an outline application for up to 855 homes on land south of School Lane, which will also include homes for older people as well as a local centre.

The local centre would include retail and community uses and act as a hub for both new and existing residents in the area. All three developers will work together to ensure ‘maximum benefit to the area. The vision, it was said at the time, is for a place which “people can call home and grow with, from first-time buyers, to those raising a family, and those looking for somewhere to retire”.

This week, however, Countryside Properties

was told by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson “we won’t do business with you” as part of the ongoing leasehold scandal. The city leader and his authority have made it clear to Countryside Housing that they are not welcome in Liverpool and the authority will no longer assist the FTSE 250 company with its projects in the city – or sell it any of its council-owned land.

The Mayor

has promised to block Countryside from building homes but Countryside bosses reacted with surprise, and said they have already dealt with issues raised. Countryside Property says it no longer sells leasehold houses, and where it has done historically, it has offered homeowners the chance to buy the freehold at a cost.

But speaking to the ECHO this week, Mayor Anderson called the situation ‘completely outrageous.’ He said “We will not be making any deals or working with any developers that put people at risk. I am appalled that we have entered into agreements in good faith only to see companies turn against people and use this situation to their advantage.

“This scandal means that people can’t sell their properties and are ending up in debt – it is completely outrageous. I also want the government to pull its finger out and do something about this, because this is a scandal that they are fully aware of, they are allowing it to happen.”

The question is, will Sefton agree the new settlement east of Maghull?

Who Inhabits The Political Middle Ground?

Two of the most appalling, long past their sell-by dates, politicians to have held power in the UK, Tories Heseltine and Major, are “calling for a return to the “middle ground”.

But, as radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer suggests

“Don’t they realise that respecting a democratic vote *is* the middle ground? It’s Remoaners like them, who seek to overturn the 2016 vote, who are the real extremists”. Heseltine now voting for “Bollocks to Brexit” Libdem remoaners says it all.