Monthly Archives: October 2019

Down At The Old Cock And Bull

When the Aughton Parish Council meets each month the minutes of the previous meeting are agreed. They can then be published on the APC website.

So the September APC minutes should now be available. They are not, which is a great pity because there were some interesting matters on the agenda including “To note Invitations sent to the Police & Crime Commissioner, Mr Clive Grunshaw & Chief Inspector Ian Jones to attend the Parish Council monthly meeting to be held on Monday, 14 October 2019 to discuss the Policing of Aughton”, which, as we here know, really does need some urgent discussion and action.

You Shouldn’t Trust The Local Tory Party

The upcoming general election is already controversial, no surprise really?

Boris Johnson told us about dying in his ditch if he didn’t lead us out of the EU by tonight. Now he’s set us up to stay longer, at least until after the general election he hopes to win. But we will vote locally for a local candidate. So we look at their honesty, their local record. They have a website. Today it claims, for them, 2 MEPs.

In the North West Region there are 8 MEPs. Claire Fox The Brexit Party; Theresa Griffin Labour Party; Chris Davies Liberal Democrats; Henrik Overgaard Nielsen The Brexit Party; Gina Dowding Green Party; Julie Ward Labour Party; David Bull The Brexit Party; Jane Brophy Liberal Democrats.

No Tory MEPs. You can’t trust the West Lancashire Conservatives, or their website, “Promoted by Cllr David Westley on behalf of West Lancashire Conservatives”,

Off With His Head

Readers may remember when the traditional portrait of the Speaker of the House of Commons was disclosed, and the outrage that Bercow spent tax-payers’ £37,000 on it.

But, while all political careers are famously destined to end in failure, Bercow is guaranteed to go off in flames. In the week he bows out as Speaker, he was unveiled as the effigy for the annual Edenbridge Bonfire Society

in Kent on 2nd November, holding the heads of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

“Orderrrrrrrr! This year’s #Edenbridge Bonfire celebrity guy is John Bercow!”

Bercow’s likeness then suffered a brutal beheading himself, flapping off from the stick frame.

But his head was soon repaired, restored and back in full working “order, order”

to be burned in front of bonfire crowds, who may well chant “Bollocks to Bercow” to paraphrase the sticker on the Bercow family car?

Government Announcement On Fracking “Shortly” – PM

The Prime Minister

has said the government will be making an announcement “shortly” on fracking in the UK. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions this lunchtime, Boris Johnson said the statement was prompted by what he described as “the very considerable anxieties” legitimately being raised about fracking-induced earthquakes.

The Prime Minister’s comment followed a question by the shadow energy minister, Alan Whitehead (Labour Southampton Test), who said the Labour Party’s election manifesto would include a “full ban on the extraction of fossil fuels by fracking”.

Dr Whitehead asked what chance the Prime Minister thought he had in matching Labour’s offer. He referred to a report in today’s Guardian newspaper that the Conservative manifesto would be written by a lobbyist for the fracking firm, Cuadrilla.

Yesterday, the Fylde MP Mark Menzies reported that he had visited the energy minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, to ask for a permanent moratorium on fracking in the constituency.

The pro-fracking group, Lancashire For Shale, which has backed Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool, is reportedly being disbanded. The group’s chairman, Lee Petts, said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the interest and support you’ve shown over the years, your attendance at our many events, and the efforts you’ve made to have your say and make the case for shale gas in Lancashire. I would be very happy to stay in touch personally, and invite you connect with me on LinkedIn here should you wish to”.


Another 92 Days To Brexit?

Good morning, from Boris Johnson

“Today should have been the day that Brexit was delivered and we finally left the EU. But, despite the great new deal I agreed with the EU, Jeremy Corbyn refused to allow that to happen, insisting upon more dither, more delay and more uncertainty for families and business. We cannot continue along this path. I didn’t want an election, like the country I wanted to get Brexit done, but it is the only way forward”.

From Austin Mitchell

“Don’t fail the flag wavers. A national appeal. When Parliament closes hundreds of skilled flag wavers, all with their own Euro flags, become redundant. Can you help and house them until they resume their work. Quiet, house trained and unflagging! Help!”

His View From The North

“They’re off. Some have been for years. Now they all are in a race for your vote, with the option to reject it if they don’t like it. Just three more days of suits, respectable auras and, in the case of this Parliament, unsavoury smell, and MPs will turn from paragons pontificating to plaintiffs pleading. For votes. Elections are mysterious things. They never go the way politicians and pundits want them to. So no predictions (yet) but let’s look at expectations instead.

“Boris hopes for a boost after screwing the semblance of a deal out of an intransigent EU. He’d like a 1979 result. He won’t get it . He’s not running against a clapped out Labour government but his own party in power. Farage will split the Brexit vote and we in the northern tribe will (mainly) stay loyal to Labour. Another 2015 is the best he can hope for.

“Having snatched defeat from the jaws of disaster in 2017 Jeremy hopes that an election he didn’t want will carry him to victory though since then he’s f****ed up on Brexit, crumbled under the Blairites and lost the Scottish base on which Labour governments were built. Another 1923 could be more likely but today’s picky Liberals won’t support a Labour government.

“The Liberals need another 2010 but Swinson is no Clegg. People know what 2010 led to, “Bollocks to Brexit” is no clarion call for democracy and makes the rest of the Liberal package- PR, cannabis, and votes for any group that might vote Liberal, all look irrelevant. Britain’s key problem is economic. The Libs have no policies on that but they’ll form a coalition with anyone except Jeremy, Boris and Nicola which leaves only gabbler Lucas. Jo will play Greta Garbo (with NHS teeth) while her party reverts to their traditional role as a bucket for malcontents to spit into; a minority role even though there are more malcontents around.

“The SNP should hold their position in Scotland but despite the oratorical triumphs of Blackford, the Ross Demosthenes, their kilted crusade has become defensive. Two fifths of Scots voted Brexit, the Salmond case is coming up and independence is more mirage than miracle if it means a customs border with England and Euro bawbees.

“As for the Greens, the political arm of Veganism, they’re too virtuous for the muddy world of first past the post. Still they’re happy being misunderstood and rebelling against extinction. So it doesn’t matter.

“BritaIn needs a strong government with the majority to govern. At this stage with the choice between two main parties neither of which electors particularly like, the coming election looks unlikely to produce that. Most elections end up differently to the way they start out but that unpredictability also means they can end up the way they begin too. In a mess. The electorate says “another fine mess you got us into” to the politicians. Now they have the chance to do it to themselves”.