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  • Boris Johnson wiping brow 2
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    PM's special adviser quits after over contraception, the benefits of genetic selection and IQ comments

    Just days after helping to rid PM Johnson of his Chancellor neighbour, his right hand man Cominic Cummings has seen one of his recently recruited special advisers out of the door at No 10 after he had discussed the benefits of genetic selection, forced contraception on his old online posts.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Feb 20, 2020
    By Oliver Holmes

    Newly elected Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has once again caused controversy in remarks he made in a BrexitBros podcast on 12 February 2020 concerning the social injustice caused to white working class boys. BrexitBros is a right wing (or politically incorrect in their opinion) podcast run by two former Brexit Party MEPs, Michael Heaver and Martin Daubney. Heaver has close associations with the notorious conspiracy and fake news website, InfoWars. Daubney is a former editor of lads mag Loaded, who some years ago organised a straight pride march, as he felt heterosexuality was being undermined. He also supports the men's rights movement. They both consider that identity politics and deference to diversity now threaten free speech and ordinary white people. To them, supporting Brexit was logical.

    Low educational achievement for white boys from disadvantaged communities is a well-known, long-term issue. Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers this is due to their low IQ. As he said to the Centre for Policy Studies in 2013: "…it is surely relevant to a conversation about inequality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130…". Famously, he also wrote in a Daily Telegraph article in 2005 that "the poorest 20% of British society is made-up of chavs, losers, burglars, drug addicts, and criminals."

    Entirely more reasonably, the Chair of the Education Select Committee, Tory MP Robert Halfon, recently wrote an article in ConservativeHome, listing a number of measures he considered would help raise attainment. However, Halfon is careful not to suggest that a reverse form of discrimination against white boys is involved, and it is on this point that he and Hunt diverge.

    White victimhood is a message that many on the far right of politics like to promote. It is used both to trigger "liberals" into making a response, which can then be mocked or attacked, and also to attract recruits to far right causes. Posters such as "It's OK to be white", which appeared throughout Ipswich town centre recently, are used by the KKK and other white supremacist groups and websites, such as 4Chan. Hunt's references to "…social justice for white working class boys…"would seem to play directly into this narrative.
    Tom Hunt already has form for statements that cause offence. His Ipswich Star article on 10th Jan 2020, attributing crime in Ipswich to "certain communities" was widely condemned, not least by the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, who said his comments were "…very unhelpful…". Typically, in the manner of Donald Trump, Hunt has doubled down on the statements he made and has refused to retract them.

    For Liberal Democrats, these views are reprehensible, as they would be to all those supporters who attended the ISCRE solidarity event last Saturday to denounce the white supremacist posters that appeared in Ipswich. We must now call upon Tom Hunt to represent all the communities in Ipswich without fear or favour.

  • JRF 2019/20 POVERTY RPT (JRF TWITTER PAGE)
    Article: Feb 19, 2020

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the scale of poverty*** across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip.

    The widely respected Joseph Rowntree Foundation have released their 2019/20 report UK Poverty.

    The report says "For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives - secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives, held back from improving their living standards. It's time to take action on poverty and put this right. In this report we set out what we need to do to turn the tide on poverty.

  • Johnson and Cummings by twitter
    Article: Feb 14, 2020

    IT'S ALL ABOUT ME, AS JOHNSON SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH 'YES' PEOPLE

    By Jon James -14th February 2020

    Having been urged by his Guru, Dominic Cummings to ditch the Chancellor and capture the Treasury, Boris couldn't see his way to getting rid of his uncooperative neighbour and his hands on the county's purse strings. Difficult to be seen sacking a recently appointed Chancellor days before a Budget; he gave his own precious Gollum* the green light and sanctioned the cursory dismissal of his neighbour's staff, thus undermining the Chancellor's Treasury power base and the future credibility of the financial Department of State.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2020
    By Gerald Watts

    Part One: Leafleting

    I am not a typical volunteer. In fact my track record of expending time and effort when there's nothing in it for me personally is unimpressive, to put it mildly. Yet during the last few months I have been active on behalf of the Liberal Democrats in two election campaigns, the first national, the second local. Why did I do this, you may ask, and what did I actually do?

  • Suffolk County Council logo
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?

    WANT TO IMPROVE OUR SOCIAL SERVICES, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES?

    FED UP WITH THE STATE OF OUR ROADS AND HIGHWAYS IN SUFFOLK?

    FEEL THAT THE RULING PARTY'S PRIORITIES ARE WRONG?

    Suffolk Liberal Democrats are now looking ahead to next year's county council elections and are keen to get candidates in place so we can start to campaign. Suffolk County Council are responsible for delivering a large range of vital local services, such as roads and transport, education and social services, making being a county councillor a really important role; making a real difference to the local and wider community.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2020

    Latest from Ipswich Borough Council "You now have until 11.45pm on Monday 2nd March 2020 to submit your representations about the soundness and legal compliance of the Ipswich Local Plan Review Final Draft"

    This determines the amount of future development needed in the Borough for land uses such as housing, offices, industry and retail......The Local Plan Review will look ahead to 2036."

    There are "drop-in exhibitions planned at:-

    Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, IP1 6DG Monday 3rd February 2020 5pm-7pm
    Ipswich Town Hall, Pickwick Room Cornhill, Ipswich, Friday 7th February 2020 1pm - 7pm and again on Saturday 8th February 2020 10am - 5pm

    The planning documents can be viewed on line www.ipswich.gov.uk/currentconsultations

    Hard copies of the Ipswich Local Plan Review Final Draft consultation documents are available to view from 9am on Wednesday 15th January 2020 to 11.45pm on Monday 2nd March 2020 at the following locations:

    • Customer Services Centre, Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich (weekdays 8.30am to 5.00pm);
    • Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich (Mon, Weds, Thurs 9.00am to 6.00pm; Tues, Fri 9.00am to 7.00pm; Sat 8.30am to 5.00pm and Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm); and
    • Grafton House Reception, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm.
  • Brexit
    Article: Feb 3, 2020

    Johnson government sends EU a message before trade talks begin: stating that Brexit means sovereignty and trumps the economy.

    This will be a blow to UK businesses in the East where the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) modelling had pointed to East Anglia being one of the areas most affected by Brexit, suffering a decrease in GDP in 2030 relative to remaining in the EU," the report says. Evidence* suggests that some local businesses had already voted with their feet, relocating - either partially or fully - to the EU.

  • http://www.public-domain-image.com/full-image/objects-public-domain-images-pictures/candles-public-domain-images-pictures/candle-flame.jpg.html
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    THANK YOU EU FOR 47 YEARS OF PEACE, PROSPERITY AND COOPERATION

    JANUARY 1973-JANUARY 2020

    For 47 years we have sat in a room with our most important political and economic partners, and occupied one of the prized seats; now all we can do is wait outside and beg to be heard.

    'There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige politics and economic protection….

  • Jonny Edge
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Sometimes 2nd is a great result. Congratulations to our double candidate Jonny Edge for bringing us two great results on 30th January in the snap by elections in Newmarket North (District) and Newmarket and Red Lodge (County). From a standing start, LibDems didn't contest Newmarket North last time, the energy of our campaign team and fantastic candidate paid off. These polls give us huge confidence of future success. The actual County Council elections will happen in May next year, so there's really a target to aim for. So expect to be involved because we are determined ti win in 2021.