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”.

Brexit Fatigue? Not If The Brexit Party Has Its Way

Just Get Brexit Done

“After more than three years of delays and parliamentary games there is a powerful sense of wanting to ‘just get Brexit done’. Feelings of Brexit fatigue have led some Leavers to welcome Boris Johnson’s deal as the best we are likely to get. That is understandable.

“But it is a mistake. The Prime Minister’s deal is not a proper Brexit. It is far removed from what 17.4m of us voted for in 2016. I can only suppose that pro-Brexit MPs backing the deal have not actually read the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the important Political Declaration (PD) that goes with it. These make up a new European Treaty that reheats 95 per cent of Theresa May’s deal.

“Let’s compare it to what we thought we would get when we voted Leave. If it is passed into law, the PM’s Treaty will mean we still won’t be free to trade as we see fit.

“Boris boasts of leaving the EU customs union. Yet the Political Declaration states any future free trade agreement with the EU must ensure ‘a level playing field’ (PD, paragraph 17, 77) and ‘deep regulatory and customs cooperation’ (para 21). This means sticking to EU rules. It will be hard for the UK to reduce tariff barriers to cut the cost of living and make trade deals with other nations. The PD also requires we pursue ‘ambitious customs objectives that are in line with the Parties’ objectives and principles’ (para 22) – another restrictive EU customs union in all but name. Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?

“Britain can’t pursue an independent defence policy. The Political Declaration commits us to security integration through the European Defence Agency and the European Defence Fund (PD, paragraph 102(c)). We will fund the EU’s military plans during the transition period at least, and British troops in EU battlegroups will be under foreign command (WA Articles 128.2, 129.7, 156, 157). Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?

“We pay the EU billions and get nothing in return. The Treaty commits us to pay a sum to be decided by the EU (WA, Part Five). The £39bn payment demanded is likely to be just the start, with billions more to follow. Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?”

Aye Aye?

Rosie Cooper

2 votes “Miscellaneous” (29 Oct 2019)

Voted (aye) to allow opposition amendments on the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (division #14; result was 312 aye, 295 no).

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill – Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019) 
Voted (aye) to hold a General Election on the 9th of December 2019 (division #15; result was 295 aye, 315 no)

Rosie did not vote on the General Election on the 12th December 2019 motion.

Be Aware Who You Scare

Neighbourhood Alert

With Mischief Night and Halloween almost upon us, the Lancashire Police would like take this opportunity to reassure people that “We are committed to keeping our communities safe. It isn’t about us trying to ruin the fun for young people, but allowing everyone to be able to safely enjoy the events.

“We have been working closely with partners over the last few weeks, including West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance, and it is vitally important that individuals within the community have the confidence to come forward and help us to keep them safe by reporting any concerns or information to us on, calling 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

We are also aware that there may be vulnerable people who are scared to answer the door and as such we have included a poster for you to be able to download and place in your window.