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Lost - the Department of Transport

is this why we can't find Bingo?  

The mistakes included saying Manchester was in the North East of England, Leicestershire in the South East and Plymouth was in the North West.

The government department blamed a "data source issue".

A member of staff at the department suggested the errors were down to a mix-up in "sorting and formulating options". 

munchkins :-))

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Chuka - Where Labour went wrong

Hmmm .. in short - lack of public confidence. 

The Fourth - definitely, "... we did not tackle the legacy of our recent past so did not allay the concerns some voters had about us.... The failure to nail this argument allowed doubts to arise about our competence ..."

"Finally, we needed a clearer vision of Britain in the world. Labour is the party of internationalism and openness. It is up to us to explain how global change can be harnessed, how we in Britain can use our strengths – our universities, industry and innovation, our diverse population, our global alliances (especially the EU) – to make life here better. It is also up to us to fight the root causes of anti-immigration sentiment, like the housing crisis, rather than pandering to it..."

Hmmm... Chuka for Leader? ...  one day

Best bit in my humbly bumbly:  "Sixth, the divergence of different parts of the UK and voters’ lack of trust in politics require bigger solutions than those we put forward. We must be the party of drastic political reform. We should be saying: it is time for parliament to move out of the relic that is the Palace of Westminster and into a new, modern, accessible site fit for purpose, for a serious debate about the electoral system, for an elected Senate in place of the outdated House of Lords. We should start by changing our party: cultivating networks of supporters and civic society organisations and making it more of a force for progressive change in people’s communities every day, not just every five years."

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Chuka - Media Pressure

"The level of media attention led him to resolve that he had been wrong to stand in the first place - at the age of just 36 (making him the youngest candidate).  "I had always wondered whether it was all too soon for me to launch this leadership bid - I fear it was," he said in his statement."

"Umunna will remain as shadow business secretary and will endorse a candidate in the contest (most likely Liz Kendall or, if he runs, Tristram Hunt). The ardent pro-European also intends to "play a leading role" in the forthcoming campaign to keep the UK in the EU. But at only 36, he can still aspire to much greater posts. "We're not saying never ever," an aide carefully remarked of a future leadership bid."

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Adonis - In the Spirit of Corperating

"A new body to plan infrastructure projects will be chaired by the former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis, the chancellor has announced.

The commission will be unveiled at the Conservative conference where George Osborne will pledge an extra £5bn in this Parliament for major schemes.

In his speech he will say he plans to "shake Britain out of its inertia".

Lord Adonis said that without "big improvements" in transport and energy "Britain will grind to a halt"...

Wots a 'crossbencher'?


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TaTa Steel

Complex Chaos:

"Thousands of workers face being laid off after Indian conglomerate Tata announced it was selling its UK assets, including its large south Wales plant.

Mr Javid, who has cut short an official trip to Australia, has been criticised for his absence during the crisis, and for taking his daughter on the trip.

He said ministers were "working hard", but unions claim they are in "chaos".

Tata Steel's UK business - which directly employs 15,000 workers and supports thousands of others - includes plants in Port Talbot, Rotherham, Corby and Shotton."

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Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, Critical

"Eyewitnesses said Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the floor by her attacker. A man also suffered slight injuries.

A 52-year-old man was arrested near Market Street, Birstall, West Yorkshire Police said. The MP holds a weekly advice surgery nearby.

Ms Cox's assistant confirmed she had been attacked.

The MP was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary, where armed police are stationed outside...."

"Cafe owner Clarke Rothwell, who witnessed the attack, said he heard a "loud popping noise that sounded like a balloon burst - a loud balloon".

"When I looked round there's a man stood there in his 50s with a white baseball cap on and a jacket with a gun, an old fashioned looking gun in his hand," he said.

"He shot this lady once and then he shot her again, he fell to the floor, leant over shot her once more in the face area.

"Somebody tried to grab him, wrestling with him and then he wielded a knife, like a hunting knife, just started lunging at her with a knife half a dozen times. People were screaming and running from the area".

Eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah, said the 41-year-old mother of two was left lying and bleeding on the pavement after the incident."

"Mr Abdallah, 56, was in a cafe next door to the library shortly after 13:00 BST when he heard screaming and went outside.

"There was a guy who was being very brave and another guy with a white baseball cap who he was trying to control and the man in the baseball cap suddenly pulled a gun from his bag".

After a brief scuffle, he said the man stepped back and the MP became involved.

Mr Abdallah said the weapon had "looked handmade" and a man who had been wrestling with the gunman continued even after seeing the gun.

He said: "The man stepped back with the gun and fired it and then he fired a second shot, as he was firing he was looking down at the ground."

"He was kicking her as she was lying on the floor", he said.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, tweeted he was "utterly shocked by the news of the attack" and the thoughts of the "whole Labour Party" were with Ms Cox."


"Both StrongerIn and Vote Leave said they would suspend campaigning following the incident.

Ms Cox, former head of policy at Oxfam, was elected as the MP for Batley & Spen in Yorkshire last year.

The BBC reported that Ms Cox had been holding a constituency surgery when she was attacked, the first day of a parliamentary recess. She was flown to Leeds General Infirmary.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the attacker had shouted “Britain First” before the attack, according to a witness. The man then walked away slowly.

Ms Cox, who is married with two children, also worked as an adviser to Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown. She was one of 36 MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for the party leadership last summer, but later voted for Liz Kendall.

Her husband, Brendan, was one of a number of Remain campaigners involved in a light-hearted clash with their Leave counterparts on the river Thames on Wednesday.

Because of her background in foreign aid work — which included what she has called “some horrific situations” — Ms Cox has taken a close interest in the conflict in Syria since her arrival in parliament.

She founded the all-party parliamentary group on Syria and last autumn she strongly argued for British military involvement in the conflict to protect civilians."








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RIP Jo Cox

"The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family - and indeed the whole country - will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today.

Jo Cox had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity. She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spen – where she was born and grew up.

Jo was dedicated to getting us to live up to our promises to support the developing world and strengthen human rights – and she brought those values and principles with her when she became an MP.

Jo Cox died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve. It is a profoundly important cause for us all.

Jo was universally liked at Westminster, not just by her Labour colleagues, but across parliament.

In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why she died. But for now all our thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their Mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.

We send them our deepest condolences. We have lost a much loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace. But they have lost a wife and a mother, and our hearts go out to them."

With Love & Respect. X

Nick Robinson : "People like me are paid to find the right words. Words to describe, to analyse, to explain. Words that match the moment...."

"Today is one of those day when it is very hard to find the words which convey the shock that I - that all those who are in politics or report on it - feel at the news that an MP has been murdered on the streets of Britain.

Jo Cox - a popular and respected Labour member of parliament, a young mother and a campaigner for the rights of refugees - was shot and stabbed by a man outside her constituency surgery. She was vulnerable to attack because she was, like so many MPs, available to anyone who wanted to see her with any grievance.

Her death is a reminder that our elected representatives, who are so often demonised for living separate lives from the rest of us, actually all too often live in our communities, in our streets worrying about the same things that we do.  Unlike us, though, they open themselves up not to just to criticism and abuse but to assault by those who disagree with them.

We do not know the exact circumstances of this attack. The police insist that it was "localised" ie not linked to any global terror threat. There are, though, suggestions that it was political. If that turns out to be true it is a reminder of one other thing too. The need at all times to respect those who disagree with us and to understand that anger, fury and rage are not the same as passion or belief.

It is fitting that today the cacophony of this referendum campaign is briefly on hold."

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Open Doors to Democracy?

"By any standard, today's MPs are both more independent and more active than previous generations.

But there's a side of an MP's life that they don't talk about very much; fear...."

"Every MP has a tale or two about agitated constituents ranting threats and kicking furniture, and every time, they wonder how far it will go...."

"Intertwined in all this is the focussing effect of social media - both an indispensable tool for the modern Parliamentarian and a weapon that can be turned against them.

Sometimes this is just a continuation of a centuries old British tradition of political satire which holds that our politicians are all the better for a bit of ribald taking-down - but sometimes, some MPs fear, getting away with really vile abuse online, with no consequences at all, does encourage a tiny minority of internet trolls to take their behaviour into the real world.

The venom directed against women politicians who commit the terrible crime of existing and voicing opinions is horrible to read...."

The hot new jargon term in Westminster is "Twexit" - the decision to leave Twitter, to get away from the endless abuse.

But again that means a retreat has been sounded.

Steven Kinnock, who shared his Westminster office with Jo Cox, thought it was time for people to review their behaviour and language: "Where we can look more at trying to address those issues is around the mood music, it's around the way the media lays into politicians.

"I think sometimes it goes over the mark ... and I think sometimes the way politicians react to each other and of course the way that gets into the melting pot of social media.....I think we need to have a conversation about the tone of our politics and we need to reflect on that, in the light of what's happened to Jo."

And when next week's Commons tributes are delivered and politics as usual resumes, that is the debate many in Westminster want to have."

However: "Police Probe Right Wing ..."

Not quite the headline I would expect from the Barbed. The killer was a lost and isolated individual. Reasons, if any, unknown. 

Finger pointing at others (politically) is imho unfair. FMU this man acted alone, in isolation and is responsible for his own actions. Here in the UK he will stand trial, unless he is deemed unfit to do so. much needs to be said for care in the community.   

Sadly, the shocking death of MP Jo Cox may prevent some well respected people from any community to enter the doors of democracy, on any level.    

Locally, democracy has a limit for tolerance.  Should there be a local undercurrent of bullying and intimidation within local democracy chambres then IMV this needs to be identified and challenged. 

Outside the walls/doors/corridors of democracy IMV there is little that can be done to stop the barage of social media, freedom of speech, Je Suis Charle ... and all that.

To be objective:  "Mrs Cox is the first sitting MP to be killed since 1990, when Ian Gow was the last in a string of politicians to die at the hands of Northern Irish terror groups."

To be subjective: "her husband Brendan Cox said: "Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.

"Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people."

Not many would or could hold a candle to Jo Cox's  dedication to her work and achievements.  The UK demands that politicans be people that represent them, from whatever gender or culture.

It has been noted that the local SNooze has not covered this tragic, yet significant incidence once.    

Has the political arena now shrunk?   Do all political parties need shrinks? 

Afore I go and be slammed for not mentioning the Orlando tragedy... equally shocking, disturbing ... I can't explain ...mebbe I just thought there were far more qualified and experienced, wordly people much closer to the Orlando 'massacre' to convey that.

I guess those of us with family and friends need to count our blessings.  We can only do our best to protect those we love....  and cherish, but we can be loud and proud.

Mebbe... has that changed?

One day ...

Back to the Tim Peake.... and fly the British flag with pride and not erm, hesitation.

tbh thats what I loathe most  about Kippers & the far right ... they've nicked the Britsh flag ... anything else they say/do is dumb. imv ;-0

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The Gruff: Jo Cox 'The Aftermath' Outside .... In

"The killing of Jo Cox was nonsensical and utterly gratuitous. It would be deeply immoral to turn it into a significant symptom of some larger problem with British life. It is absurd to discuss the “reasons” for acts of this kind, because they are inherently unreasonable. They reflect nothing and stand for nothing. Neither our politics nor the wider society stands condemned by the fact of them.

In truth, what became clear in the hours and days after this crime were the common humanity of the British people and the natural decency of the country’s institutions. The immediate, unanimous decision to suspend campaigning on the referendum; the expressions of obviously sincere sympathy and support from all sides of the House; and the decision by the major parties not to contest the by-election which will result from the death of a Labour MP: here was the traditional British character as I have come to know it. It was quite extraordinary to see politicians who had been bashing seven bells out of each other only moments before, instantly restored to benign civility."

Yep, not often I agree with the Gruff.

Less naval gazing ....

Would anyone other than the EU put up with the crazy Brits... Revolution?   GSTQ x


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Life After The EU... Done, Dumb & Dim

"The chairman of the Conservative Party has defended her decision to switch her support from the Leave campaign to Remain.

Baroness Warsi said the Leave campaign had been taken over by a message that was "inward-looking, xenophobic and divisive"

Boris the pro performer ...: "stated that voting to leave could make June 23 the UK's "independence day"...

Erm.... Freedom Friday? 

Boris in the next life ;-)



Oh, OK:

Ah, so ...



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LPC: Clive Lewis 'Nothing to See Here'

"According to a Labour MP, Mr Lewis told a policy forum meeting later on Monday that Trident was a "scab we have to stop picking" and the party needs to "move on and stop letting the Tories attack us" on the issue.

Former shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said Mr Lewis had been trying to "move the debate on" over Trident but was "undermined" by Mr Corbyn's communications director, Seumas Milne.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said any changes to Labour's policy would be decided at conference by members "because we are a democratic party".

Moby Dicks ...

Awwe Bless : 'Saving Eurovision'

More than this shower did:

"Labour would focus on developing a low carbon energy industry, he said.

The government says fracking could provide the UK with greater energy security and create jobs.

But opponents argue it is bad for the environment and say shale gas projects will make the UK's climate change targets impossible to achieve."

Erm last I heard 'fracking'  was to replace current energy Co2 and 

Mind, if ya playing 'fantasy politics' and there was a debate or referendum on if the Earth should have two moons instead of one ... I little wonder what the answer would be.

Nope now't to see here. .. either.

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Conference Season

T'will all soon be over ... the long week-end :-?

"Labour has issued guidance to staff on how to handle fights at the party’s conference this weekend amid concerns of confrontations as Jeremy Corbyn is set to confirmed as leader.

An email sent to staff at the party’s headquarters on Wednesday afternoon – which was described as “unprecedented” by insiders – comes amid concerns that tensions could spill over into fighting..."

Empty Desk Empty Mind

Bang on Q.

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The Ostrich Federation

I've grown quite fond of the Parott ....  a few cannonballs and a portside cannon?

Drones Wanted:



PS any likeness between Moriarty and 'the other fella' are purely fictional and if you too feel like your party has  been 'stitched up' it too is all in your virtual head. 

Rats. I could chuck in a few drats if that helps?

The Parott stays.... now about that Jolly thing. 

Splitting Hares not Atoms :-)

Ooops... a tad patronising.

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Eurovision 2017

Carry On ...

"... Last month, the contest was rocked by the resignation of 21 top-level staff who organise the event.

The Ukrainian Eurovision team said they had been stripped of major responsibilities in December, when a new boss was appointed to the organising committee.

According to their resignation letter, they were "completely blocked" from making decisions about the show.

The EBU told Ukraine's public broadcaster to "stick to the timeline" despite the upheaval. It insisted the event would go ahead as planned in Kiev."

All shapes n sizes ... this year's theme 'Celebrate Diversity'

Hmmm..  Oh,OK ;-/  a tenner

Ah,so ..

"Russia's entry Julia Samoilova 'could perform via satellite' ... "