Ork Shire

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Places can be over dependent on one industry.

"It’s fair to say that Yorkshire has seen its share of industries that have been shut down with nothing to replace them leaving big economic holes in local communities.

This is equally true at a global level. In our increasingly leisure inclined world there can be a perception that places are tourist destinations and not much else..."



""We continue to work closely with the electoral community and public health bodies to resolve challenges and ensure everyone will be able to cast their vote safely and securely - and in a way of their choosing.

"Measures are planned to support absent voting at short notice.

"Guidance will be published in good time ahead of the polls and this matter will be kept under review.""




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Shuffling Away

"Plans for a new athletics track and sporting facilities on Scarborough’s South Cliff are back on the agenda..."

"... in time they will be cutting out the middleman (politician ) completely which in my opinion bring it on .. politicians are in the same pot as estate agents and dodgy car salesman"


"In anticipation of the formal creation of the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on 1 April 2021, the leaders of Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, together with the chair of the Hull and East Riding Business Engagement Board, have appointed James Newman OBE as its founding chair."


"Mr Fielding said the council is facing an £83m funding shortfall over the next three years but added it would be able to “buy time” by using cash reserves and government grants to balance the books for 2021/22."

"“The retention of the sporting use of the site will also ensure that visitors will continue to be able to appreciate the historic use of the listed former tennis pavilion and the enhanced facilities will mean that greater numbers of visitors will potentially be able to appreciate the heritage asset.”"


Cat A Clystic

"...high transport costs and port congestion may mean larger toys such as swings, trampolines and climbing frames will be more expensive."

"The gift from chemicals giant Ineos will be used to fund antimicrobial research at the institution, which played a key role in the origin of antibiotics after its academics developed the use of penicillin in the 1940s.

Researchers will seek to develop new drugs for animals and humans, as well as promote more responsible use of the antibiotics we have, following a rise in antibiotic-resistant "superbugs"."


""We can't get space out of China, there's a container shortage.

"Hauliers are really stretched, rates keep climbing.""


"So-called "teething problems" with new export rules are causing "enormous strain on staff", according to one haulage company."

"The university is planning to have more than 50 postdoctoral research scientists working at the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance over the next five years, alongside a number of PhD students."

Yee Ha ... '-)


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Virtual Visitors




"Links to the four Google Earth trails – which are ordinarily available as foldable paper maps during non-Covid times – can be found on the town’s tourism website Visit Otley (visitotley.co.uk) under a new section labelled 'Make A Digital Day Of It'."



Oh, OK;



Motion Defeated.

Well done Cllr & Madam Mayor

"Dodgy shoring isn't calculated it's just foolish. If a tunnel needs shoring then make and make it well. If doesn't then don't. It will create unnecessary uncertainty in the mind of the tunneller. Uncertainty will become fear. Once you're afraid you'll give up and come out prematurely. You may have to spend a week or two in the tunnel. Do you want to spend that time worried a piece of shoring could collapse at any minute or would you rather sit back feeling confident that the tunnel was made to the best of your abilities? At the end of the day you'll want to crawl out of the tunnel alive not be carried out in a bodybag."

Dr Strangelove, eh ;-)


Thou must not trade in Misery.

“You have to come to work with an extra burst of energy to ensure team morale is high.”





Pils, Powder & Smoke?

Only use the tip if necessary...


"previous proposals to embark on this privatisation had been put on hold and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine clearly stated that Emergency Departments should decide who is treated in Emergency Departments, not third party or private organisations."

"Prime Minister's Questions is more of a warm up act than the main attraction."


""As the lockdown measures are loosened, the Prime Minister warned that infection and hospitalisation rates will rise, and yet the Trust are distracting from the focus needed to get us all through this pandemic by outsourcing some services, including initial assessment and minor injury care to Vocare. This is irresponsible."


"Boris Johnson says the UK is "spending more than virtually any other country in the world on aid".

He argues that people in the country think he has got his priorities right."

"the government has given £280bn to support people across the whole of the UK during the Covid crisis. And the UK has contributed £540m to the international Covid vaccination effort."


""We need to keep those companies ticking over, with the grant schemes and the furlough scheme, so that when things do pick up, which they will.

The Prime Minister's outlined a timetable for how that may well happen.

They will be there to hire people and it's our duty to go out and use these pubs when we can."

"He will leave no option off the table. There will be unfettered access, he says."

"Thee will shortly hear “a budget for recovery”, the Speaker responded that “I think I already know most of it”."


OOh hes off :

"Whatever it takes .... in this extraordinary economic siuation"

A three point plan ... one of them being honesty.

I so need to furlough myself .. ;-)

Furlough extended to September

Self employed grants extended ...

People who have now filed a 2020 tax return will now be able to claim, he says... an extra £5bil taking the total to £25bil.

Restart grants and loans to the end of this year.

Business rates discounted for first three months and reduced to the end of the year.

Hospitality 5% VAT to end of September with an interim rate of 12.5% returning to standard rate next year.


Stampy Duty break extended to end of June.

To stand behind home buyers - a mortgage guarantee (give or take employment status) ...  generation rent into generation buy.


Scales... total Covid support package this year and last is £350bil.

He's going to borrow it all... fiscal freedom & fiscal resiliance.

How to fix it ...

Freeze personal tax threshold and all other thresholds.

In 2023 Corporation Tax to 25%  ... lower than the US, Italy & France & Mars.... 70% of small companies unaffected.  Only 10% of companies will pay the higher rate.... the larger and more profitable companies. 

Business certainty matters.... the UK banking sector will be given some protection.

Others have built up cash reserves ... a superdeduction of 130% for investment.  

Duties. On booze, fags & fuel all frozen.



Teeside and offshore wind gets a mention and a green economy.

UK wide schemes and help to grow via learn more, earn more &  make more (management mentoring)...

A scientific super state needs scientific superstars.... launching a future fund with visa reforms for highly skilled migrants.


Redrawing our economic geography and our economic map ...

Community ownership and more power at the hands of local people.

To encourage green innovations and freeports... an unprecedented economic boost. ... Humber & Teeside included.

Bigs it up for the Mayor of Teeside.

"Rishi Sunak says the Treasury has acted "for the whole of the UK""


Absolutely Zilch on the NHS, Social Care, Pensions & Benefits... and or Public Sector pay.


Enjoy your day.

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A Virtual Vacuum

"North Yorkshire County Council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “The problem that is most imminent for us is that we can’t get 72 members in the council chamber with social distancing, so we would have to find another venue for full meetings of the council, which would involve cost.”"


"Every badly applied eyebrow. Every audible background rustle or VHS camera wobble. Every actor who, regardless of age or character, seems to be about 55 years old. It all builds and builds into something that, however intentionally, ends up being pretty spooky to watch. You can almost smell it. I mean that as a positive."



"Subject to Parliamentary approval, it is expected that any new unitary council would be fully operational from April 2023 with transitional arrangements expected to be in place from 2022, including elections in May 2022 to the shadow or continuing councils.

To take part in the consultation visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposals-for-locally-led-reorganisation-of-local-government-in-cumbria-north-yorkshire-and-somerset"


"Nobody had to make Khraniteli. They didn’t have the money or the means or the technology to do The Lord of the Rings justice. And yet, simply by force of spirit alone, it’s unforgettable. I’m never going to watch it again, because I’m not an animal, but I’m glad I watched it once."


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Mink the Pink

"This lunar month it will reach its closest point on 27 April at 4.24pm, when it will be 222,065 miles (357,379km) away."



""Of course, we're always happy to hear that there never was a threat, but we're also glad the procedures were in place and the crew would have been ready if the threat had been real," he said."




"Once you start getting into the magnetron, which produces the microwave energy, then it starts to get a little tricky. “Generally we say to stay away from microwaves, unless you know what you’re doing.”


About that Cake...



Write your own card.


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The Shackles Are Off

"The great half-term getaway began with predictable traffic chaos on Friday night as Britons finally got the chance to escape to the seaside.But some people living in the resorts are being forced to head in the opposite direction along the clogged-up roads, priced out of their homes by a coastal housing crisis that has been turbocharged"


"it was stacked up at the Fulham flat because the gang “didn’t know what to do with it."


Planet Pong ... ;-0



""And it's the best answer for conservation areas, because it offers a low-carbon solution for housing where it would be difficult or expensive to upgrade the fabric of the building itself.""




“Frequently considered a pest, moths are deeply unloved by most humans and grossly misunderstood and overlooked in favour of the more colourful daylight dwelling butterflies."



Flower Power.


This ones for Harry



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Out Door Seating

"The Yorkshire Wolds forms an arc of high, gently rolling hills extending from the Humber Estuary west of Hull, to the North Sea coast at Flamborough Head, north of Bridlington. It is known for steep sided dry dales, high but gentle escarpments, dramatic coastal cliffs, and open, rolling plateaus. The area is predominantly agricultural, creating an open, rolling landscape. Habitats include ancient woodland, chalk streams and maritime cliffs and slopes, all providing a high quality wildlife resource."


"An advert for the permanent role of communications director is expected soon."




"One pilot described it as a "little white Tic-Tac-looking object", referring to the white oblong mints."

We can walk and chew gum ... ;-0


One Step at a Time.

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There & Back

"Nobody batted an eyelid at first. Wild elephants are known to roam freely and regularly in the region, such that one city, Pu'er, even runs "elephant canteens" to feed their large visitors.

Most don't stray very far, and usually head home after a while. But months after the herd left, officials started to realise that this was no ordinary trip.

This realisation literally hit home earlier this year when reports emerged of the elephants crashing into people's houses, munching on their crops, and guzzling their water."


""Sometimes we even get the question, 'What is north?'"


""Guess what? It's 2021 and there are still paper maps and we've got 14,500 different ones.""


"Of course all those maps were done under 'plane tabling', which involved a man going on top of a hill … triangulating the major features, then going to another hill and checking the coordinates and then sketching between them."


Tolkien would have been proud.

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'Elective Dictatorship'

"The UK has no written constitution. We have become an elective dictatorship where the Government can do what it likes without any real constitutional checks."

"In the 1980s, the Thatcher government tried to make local government more democratic. The rule was established that every decision-making committee had to be “politically balanced”. In other words, every political group on a council had to be represented proportionately on all decision-making committees."

"Tony Blair changed all this. His government allowed councils to appoint “executives” from a single political party to run the authority. These are sometimes called “cabinets”, but the word “politburo” best describes them.

In authorities with politburos, the councillors not on the politburo are marginalised and virtually powerless. North Yorkshire has a politburo of just 10 exclusively Conservative members for Britain’s largest county. This is not democratic."

"So, for a rural county like North Yorkshire, where the opposition parties are slowly gaining ground at district council level, the Government has seen fit to abolish the districts so as to permanently embed its political control of the county.

This has been a thinly disguised top-down process. Bids for unitary status were invited and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) applied. The county’s districts put in a counter bid for an east/west split. The status quo was not even considered."

"The criteria for the decision were financial savings, credible geography and popular support. There was a brief consultation but no popular vote. So, public support for either option could not be properly assessed.

The backers of both options produced inflated savings estimates. Like all dictators, the Government’s argument is that autocratic control is more efficient than democracy. George Orwell’s 1984 nightmare has arrived."

"As regards geography, it is difficult to see how Britain’s biggest county could have a single identity, particularly when the economies of districts like Craven are more closely connected to cities like Bradford, while Ryedale, York, Scarborough and Selby are more closely connected to Leeds along the A64 corridor.

The part of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick’s decision letter approving the single county option contains just three paragraphs."

"Yet last year the Government was asked about the size of new unitary authorities. The answer, given by Simon Clarke MP, then a junior minister, referred to a floor of 300,000 to 400,000 residents.

Now York has a population of less than 200,000 and North Yorkshire has a population of 600,000. The decision letter reads that the “population of the new council is just over the range of population size”. It is outrageous that towns with long histories, like Harrogate or Scarborough, will no longer be able to run their local services. Their valuable assets will be administered by a distant authority in Northallerton or simply sold.

We are told this is progress. In fact this reorganisation is a backwards step. It embeds the politburo system established by Tony Blair, and leaves local decisions with officials instead of democratically elected local councillors.

Before the 1974 reorganisation, planning was done by county councils through area committees. The shake-up changed this to allow elected district councillors to make decisions for their own districts. This allowed far more debate and local public participation. Now we are going back to the old county area committee system – or worse."


"This is important as planning battles which we have had in the past on, for example, Ryedale’s superstore saga and the fracking debate, would have been far more difficult to win if NYCC had been in complete control of local planning – regardless of the merits of the debate.

We are now told to accept this flawed decision. The Conservatives don’t want a public debate. So they raise the dalek-like war cry: “Resistance is futile: you will be exterminated!”

This cannot be accepted. History is full of examples of right triumphing over overwhelming odds – both nationally and locally. Democracy is under challenge. As America’s founding father Thomas Jefferson said, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

There needs to be a legal challenge. We need a campaign to save democracy in our country – particularly local democracy. We need somebody with charisma to lead this campaign. Who will it be?"


"Paul Andrews is an Independent councillor on Ryedale District Council and former mayor of Malton."



Well that cheered me up ;-0



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A Sticking Plaster

"New mayoralties could be created in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire, the communities secretary has said, as he announced a renewed commitment to “widen and deepen” the devolution agenda."

"We’ve had several reorganisations since the big one in 1974."

"Jenrick said there is “interest” in creating the three mayoralties, while in other more rural areas of the country county deals may be more appropriate. He told the FT: “We would like to encourage parts of the country that want to come forward to do devolution deals with us."

"Not one of them resulted in any reduction in rates or council tax. Instead, the bigger the authority, the greater the cost. Where merger created opportunities for privatisation, any savings from economies of scale were swallowed up in directors’ emoluments and dividends, and resulted in take overs of local services by multinational companies from abroad."


"“We can encourage them and work with high-performing councils to give them more power over the delivery of public services.”

"Big authorities result in fewer councillors, which means less democracy and greater politicisation. You have single party control exercised through “executive” committees, which marginalise ordinary members. Independent councillors, who are only interested in serving their community and have no other loyalty, have very little influence."

"A levelling up white paper is due for publication in the autumn, which is understood to supersede a previously promised devolution plan."

"This is not what local government is about.  At times frustration with my own authority has led me to believe that merger might improve the administration."

"Jenrick said: “Talent is spread equally, but opportunity too often hasn’t been. And that means ensuring that you can access good-quality education, great transport and connectivity.”"

"That was before the fracking debacle. What happened then was that a small committee of county councillors – not a single one of them from the district – granted planning permission for a fracking gas well just a few miles down the road from me."


"Fortunately, North Yorkshire is not responsible for ordinary planning decisions, but if the smaller authorities merge, this kind of situation is likely to be replicated in every respect."



"“We are in a place in time where the industry is not just giving audiences what it thinks the audience wants”"


""In a future scenario if we find ourselves unable to compete traditionally in terms of mass, we must think differently if we are to regain operational advantage," said Vice Admiral Nick Mine."

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A Simple Version

"Boris Johnson has laid the groundwork for the next general election with a ruthless cabinet reshuffle, designed to clear out failing ministers and hand Michael Gove the key job of making “levelling up” a reality for sceptical voters."







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East, West & North

“My Lords, as one of the Members of this House who was born, bred and still resides in the West Riding of Yorkshire, I assure my noble friend that the Government and the new Secretary of State would be immensely popular across the whole of Yorkshire if they were finally to overturn the vandalism of the early 1970s and restore the territorial integrity and names of the ancient Ridings of God’s own county,” he said."


'Soft Power'

"I would like to send a message to those that think trying to stop these developments is the right thing to do - our heritage does not lie in a rotting coal bunker, our heritage lies in the people that built this great region."


""I think we also need to think very carefully about how wide the border of that town should be and I actually would like to see some of the other parishes that are in effect part of the Scarborough convocation coming together to be part of the new Scarborough Town Council. It would then be in a great position to engage with the new unitary council."

Mr Goodwill suggested that Newby and Scalby Parish Council, for example, should consider becoming part of the new authority, though he said Eastfield, a town council in its own right, should remain as it is now.

He added: "I know they are fiercely independent some of them but I think the benefits to them of being part of that town council would outweigh some of the parochial issues.""

Add in Barrowcliffe, Northstead & the North Bay (as was) ...



"intended to stir the passions of domestic audiences."





'Doodle Bugs'

"North Yorkshire County councillors have given a mixed response to the report of the Rural Commission which was established to examine issues such as farming, schools, digital connectivity, housing and energy transition, with some 85 per cent of the county classed as ‘super sparse’."




Fort Bliss.

""To write a report about the low carbon future and not even mention Britain's biggest power station is incredible.

"Selby is mentioned twice in the report, once on a map and once in the introduction describing the county's boundaries, whereas the national parks were mentioned 17 times and the Dales a further nine times.""

Oh, OK:


Never, Mind.


Wow.... that was somin else.

'Looney Tunes'

"The party leaders are now sitting together in a large TV studio and talking through the outcome of the election - the "elephants' roundtable" we told you about earlier."




"I can't go back and sulk - that's wasting time."


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On the Cards

"It's though that the first mayoral elections could happen as soon as May 2024, but Mr Flinton says the recent government reshuffle has delayed things a bit.

Over the Summer the Prime Minister gave a speech about devolution revealing a new concept of County Plans as an alternative way of achieving devolution, although the details around those plans remains vague.

However, Richard Flinton says the indications from Westminster is that the mayoral plan is still the preferred option for the area."


"Two of the group had rocketed into orbit on 5 October for a 12-day stint to film segments of a movie called The Challenge, which the Russian space agency Roscosmos said would help attract the "cream of the crop" to the sector."


"The popular memory of the 80s is neon and Bucks Fizz, but the reality was the feeling that nothing and nobody would work again, waiting for the world to end. And let’s not forget the nuclear threat, which permeated not just popular culture – as a storyline in everything from Judge Dredd to Only Fools and Horses – but mainstream education."



A Rogues Gallery ...

"a former head of planning and development at the council until 1995, said the latest set of proposals “wouldn’t have had a cat in hell’s chance” of getting through in his day, and the “mystery is that this proposal has got so far”"


I have a few Library Cards.

"I look like an ethnic Doctor Who trying to infiltrate the Countryside Alliance."