‘All lies and jest, such are [Tory election] promises’ – the Northern Powerhouse just had its electricity cut off.

Anyone over the age of 65 will remember Simon and Garfunkel – and their great 1970 hit ‘The Boxer’. The song contains the memorable lines ‘I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises - all lies and jest – but a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards … Continue reading ‘All lies and jest, such are [Tory election] promises’ – the Northern Powerhouse just had its electricity cut off.

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Join Alex Sobel in a last ditch attempt to stop privatisation of East Coast Main Line

Alex is a long-standing opponent of the re-privatisation of East Coast Main Line. He has campaigned consistently on this – and launched a petition last May on the subject. Last May he also joined 30 other Labour candidates in calling for the renationalization of ALL our railways. So it's no surprise that he is now … Continue reading Join Alex Sobel in a last ditch attempt to stop privatisation of East Coast Main Line

‘Have hope, give hope, be optimistic, unite’. Owen Jones’ messages in Leeds NW on Saturday.

This was an amazing weekend in Leeds North West. We began with a packed Otley Labour Rooms on Friday evening listening to Ian Lavery MP speaking with real passion on the 30th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike [with some great backing acts – from Red Grass and Gary Kaye – and moving speeches from Mark … Continue reading ‘Have hope, give hope, be optimistic, unite’. Owen Jones’ messages in Leeds NW on Saturday.

The Greg Mulholland Spin Dossier No. 6: Stuck in a Siding – Again

As we have noted before, our Leeds NW Liberal Democrat MP thinks of himself as a different kind of politician. This is how he describes himself – weirdly in the third person: ‘Whilst other politicians rely on spin, Greg is known as a plain speaker who is not afraid to speak his mind.’ It is … Continue reading The Greg Mulholland Spin Dossier No. 6: Stuck in a Siding – Again