Following the attack on the Animals in War memorial and the Bomber Command memorial in London this weekend, the RAF Benevolent Fund has appealed to the public to support them in the maintenance of the Bomber Command Memorial for which … Continue reading Bomber Command Memorial damaged – appeal for funds from RAF Benevolent Fund
On Wednesday, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will see the funeral of one of the greatest Prime Ministers of our history unfold from the first movements at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster along the streets of Whitehall in the city of Westminster into the City of London, pausing at St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force where her coffin will be transferred to the gun carriage for the final procession to the Cathedral Church of St Paul, where the Funeral Service will take place. Birth date: … Continue reading A lion’s heart of gold: Baroness Thatcher LG OM FRS 1925 – 2013
On 20 October hundreds of thousands of people will gather in central London to march for a future that works. [Here in Belfast there is a march as well.—Ed.] They’ll be taking to the streets because they believe that government … Continue reading March for a future that works (via Unison)
In response to my email complaint of yesterday – Hawes & Curtis have replied… Thank you for your email and apologise for the incorrect information being on our website. This was a mistake by our supplier and unfortunately was not checked internally. We will have the website changed as soon as possible and also the store will be informed. I would like to offer a small token to say thank for taking the time to informing Hawes & Curtis. If you would like I could get a union jack tie made at our factory and sent to you. It … Continue reading Hawes & Curtis – a reply today.
I’ve not been that bothered about the Olympic Flame arriving until this evening. Then, sitting at Andrew’s desk (mine is a bit buried at the moment) in our library, I heard the sound of an aeroplane overhead, looked out the window, grabbed the iPhone and took about 14 seconds of video of Firefly flying overhead. Firefly is the plane that is being used to transport the Olympic Flame when it cannot go by other means. Being me, I tweeted about it – and it was picked up by the BBC News Live Feed… Seeing the fuss being made of this … Continue reading 2012 flame brings back memories of another…
It’s has happened again. What? I hear you ask. Nothing simpler than another occasion in which those in Lib Dem HQ in London forget about us in Northern Ireland.
It is often said to me that the Lib Dems don’t make policy on issues affecting Northern Ireland only – that is on issues devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Last time I looked, taxation was not one of them. It may be in the future, but at present it is not.
So why, does Tim Gordon’s great new website asking us what we would do with £60 extra in every month, not allow people from Northern Ireland to answer? Continue reading “It really would try the patience of a saint…”
There was a time when travelling from Northern Ireland to London you could travel by sleeper from Stranraer Harbour to Euston – and indeed in the same manner in the opposite direction. Even as late as 1990 this was possible. However, sadly, this is now no longer possible, you have to take a train up to Glasgow to be able to connect with the sleeper. I know that I have enjoyed travelling using the services of the Caledonian Sleeper when I have needed to be in London fresh-faced for a meeting in the morning. But it seems that we may … Continue reading Saving a Scottish Institution: what we all can do to save the Caledonian Sleeper
I’m sitting in Aldergrove Belfast International Airport waiting for a flight to London Luton at the beginning of another weekend in Bedford as a result of being Chairman of FLAGS Having a quick look on Twitter whilst I eat my breakfast, it seems that the whole of the NUS is on the move at this early hour to get to London. I, too, am heading to London but unlike my fellow members of the NUS I’m not going to their Activism 2011 event. I wish I were. However, I am going to meet up with some old friends to pray … Continue reading In London today but not for #Activism2011
So HM’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department has decided to ban all marches in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and four neighbouring London Boroughs for a period of 30 days. Why is this felt necessary? Because the Metropolitan Police applied for this ban as they consider that it would result in serious public disorder and that placing restrictions or conditions on such a march – for example its duration, location and size – would not be enough to prevent the disorder Will this really make a difference? And with it all marches are banned because the … Continue reading Is banning all marches really justified? Why not learn from N.Ireland?
@gray suggested that #prayforlondon is an empty twitter gesture. Michael suggests that those involved in #riotcleanup could do with the support of the heavenly armies. Continue reading #prayforlondon to help with #riotcleanup: prayer is useful