Friday, 28 August 2009

LPUK South East September meet up -- Thursday 3rd

The South East branch of the LPUK are having their regular meet up in the Rose and Crown, Southwark, next Thursday -- September 3rd.

As usual we will be there from about 6:30 and the event is open to all. So if you're just interested in finding out more about the party feel free to come along.

If you are new to these events and cannot find us on arrival please ask at the bar. The lovely landlady will point you in the right direction.

Here is a map...


View Rose and Crown -- Southwark in a larger map

And we hope to see you next Thursday.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

City Hall chiefs to end prostitution by 2012...

In a daring big government plan City Hall chiefs are planning to end prostitution in London before the Olympics...
Mobile phone networks have been asked to cut off pimps and prostitutes ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

City Hall chiefs have called on top phone companies to help crack down on prostitution and trafficking in the lead up to the sporting event.

They want help targeting numbers advertised on thousands of sex calling cards that litter phone boxes throughout the capital.

Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor for policing, said the mobile phone numbers are a valuable resource for those behind the sex industry.

He said an agreement must be reached between mobile phone networks and police that sees them taken out of use as soon as they are identified.

Mr Malthouse said: "If you are an American tourist and if you walk into a telephone box you would think it was a sex shop.

"We want a streamlined, agreed process for barring these numbers because they become very valuable for a number of reasons.

The great thing about these sort of plans is that they're always based on the assumption that the people running and using these services are as idiotic as the bureaucrats trying to stop them.

Have City Hall not contemplated that mobile phones are not the only form of communication? And that we might just be living in the information age? Which should make it quite easy for pimps and prostitutes to find a way around this.

Clearly not.

The only solution to this problem is to legalise and regulate prostitution. Then at least it might become a little safer for the women and men involved.

Everyone seems to know this apart from the moralising wing of the Conservative Party who currently sit in City Hall.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Anne Maine Survives -- Tories doomed in St Albans

Quite how Anne Maine MP survived the de-selection process this week is beyond me...
ST ALBANS MP Anne Main has survived a bid by party rivals to oust her from her Parliamentary seat.

The under-fire Tory, currently under investigation for allegedly abusing her expenses, came through a vote by Conservative Party members in London Colney in the last few minutes.

The meeting followed allegations that she allowed her daughter to live rent-free in the St Albans flat she claimed as a second home at taxpayers’ expense.

The point with this case is that her expenses claims have dogged her for years. Finding out that she let her daughter live rent free in her second home was simply the icing on the cake.

She should have been booted out. Her survival has resulted in the local Tory chairman resigning. And opens the door to the Lib Dems. Which of course means you never know if you're going to get a liberal or socialist.

And Lib Dem candidate Sandy Walkington seems to personify this very problem...
One journey took me walking through Transylvania and I saw the impact of the Ceausescus on Romania. Seeing the bitter effects of communist rule first-hand had a profound impact on my political thinking, as did subsequent journeys into eastern Turkey, Iran and the former Soviet republics in the Caucasus.
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I joined Friends of the Earth in the 1970’s at the same time as I joined the Liberal Party and I have always belonged to one or other of the major environmental campaign groups ever since.

The Tory party have really let themselves down here. And for little benefit. Because unless the people of St Albans are completely stupid/ignorant there is no way Maine is retaining her seat.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Osborne and Education Reform

My new post for Liberal Vision is now up. It's on George Osborne's education reforms and how they don't go far enough...
This may surprise you, but I think Conservative George may actually be bright enough to have a rather cunning plan. And I believe his cunning plan is to weaken the left’s strangle hold of the education system.

It should be obvious why he would want to do this. The state education system is notoriously left wing, a bed rock of Labour support and has massive influence over the development of the next generation of voters.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Dan Hannan Talks Healthcare

Brilliant chat between the Judge and Dan Hannan on Healthcare. Why don't we see Hannan more on British TV?

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Tory split over de-selecting Anne Maine MP

Seems the Tories in St Albans are ripping themselves apart over whether Anne Maine MP should be de-selected for the next election...
The future of MP Anne Main has sparked a civil war among St Albans Conservatives.

Chairman Seema Kennedy and her two deputies, Matt Peck and Mary Zambra, asked Mrs Main to step down, and have now called a meeting of the local party’s 300 members on August 13, to vote on her de-selection.

But an opposing faction is backing the MP and trying to remove Mrs Kennedy and Mr Peck from their posts ahead of the crucial vote.

All I can say on this subject is I hope they do the right thing. And if they're not sure what that is I'll tell them -- just to make sure.

De-select the thieving scoundrel. Otherwise I imagine the local electorate will do it for you.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Barclays and the bailouts...

Just thought I'd point you in the direction of my recent post at Liberal Vision questioning the bailout policy...
There is something really rather annoying about Barclay’s and HSBC’s financial results...
Barclays has announced an 8% rise in first-half profits, boosted by its investment banking division.

Pre-tax profits for the first six months came in at £2.98bn ($5bn), although this was slightly below analysts’ forecasts … HSBC reported half-year profits of $5bn, although this was about half what it made in the same period a year ago.

And it’s not that a bunch of cough-bankers are going to get some rather nice bonuses this Christmas. It’s that we actually fell for the Government line that if we didn’t bail out the banks the world would end.

It's triggered off a rather interesting argument with a Vince Cable fan-boy so hopefully it's worth the read.