So easy to join in with the condemnation of the young woman who published an ignorant tweet. And then you remember that the name Barack Obama did take some getting used to and the number of times you’ve had to unpick a tweet or post cos you didn’t check what you had actually typed.
Then you hear about the death threats. Whoosh. Welcome to politics on the internet.
Still the young woman is now going to understand the current Crimea crisis better.
I’ve delegated that.
I mean, if we’re still not sure about the Great War one hundred years on, how are we going to grasp the Ukraine and Crimea crisis within its first one hundred days?
Perhaps we could draw lessons from our last involvement there, when the locals were so grateful, they named one of their cities after one of our favourite winter costumes and we deployed out light cavalry in a new daring way against artillery that was to inspire poetry and epic movies.
Anyway, the advice is – all parties will work hard to avoid any shooting, and Russia might be surprised at how vulnerable it is to the pressures of international finance.
Graphics from Daily Mail.
NET’s tenth anniversary today.
9th March 2004.
NET’s ceremonial opening.
My first City Council budget.
I was to be capped.
NET was to be taken over.
Don’t get me wrong.
They were both successes.
We employed extra uniformed staff to get crime turned around.
NET became the only British “railway running in unprotected corridors” to meet its targets.
I was happy that day – and I’d thought I’d published the stories elsewhere – but I was disappointed with the demeanour of Alistair Darling MP, then Secretary of State of Transport, who was officially opening NET.
I complained to John Heppell MP (who had chaired the first meeting on the tram, pictured above with Alan Simpson MP).
“Why isn’t he happy?”
“You don’t know Alistair Darling. That is him being happy.”
Picture from Nottingham Express Transit.
Just spent an hour catching up on the third series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle on i-player. At the end, the app suggested I might also like Sarah Millican. Why? Will she also spend 30 minutes building a withering critique of the daft mentality of UKIP before having the head of its deputy leader bitten off by an ancient sea monster? Perhaps I’ve underestimated Sarah.
Turns out Sarah needn’t bother cos this morning, Stewart’s had another go in The Observer – actually querying others’ condemnation of a comedy act at a UKIP conference without knowing the context before – pointing out their Leader’s defence of “jokes are jokes” whilst their Deputy Leader attempts to get another comedy act banned.
Meanwhile The Observer publishes another pop at UKIP because some political analysts have found executive members of UKIP thought about an electoral pact with the BNP before deciding not to.
These analysts then claim Ashfield in Nottinghamshire is one of five Parliamentary seats where UKIP have a chance of winning in 2015. This on the basis of demographics and despite UKIP coming sixth last time and not standing any candidates for councillor in 2011. Hmmmm.
Think it might be worth paying more attention to Stewart Lee.
Screen grabs from BBC tv.
View of the canal, the northern boundary of the west of Bridge ward, with the Castle (viewed as kinda shown on a Players’ fag packet), and the new student accommodation which was granted planning permission last year.
In a review of the year -
Community: The Meadows Partnership Trust is dedicated to serving the community to provide better services and facilities.
The Christmas market attracted 120 kids to Santa’s grotto.
One Stop Shop: helps people find work; tries to run contracts to support families;
Pride: We want to encourage pride in ownership and responsibility in the greater Meadows community.
A revised Welcome Pack has been published.
Meadows Matters informs people, with Council’s plan for the Meadows shared in a special four-page supplement.
MedFest – annual pop festival held. Holds public meetings and call public meetings or protests on things like bus services diversions.
Partnership: The Meadows belongs to you and we want to work with local organisations and the general public to create a partnership for local groups supporting and developing public, private and voluntary activity.
Runs The Embankment, a pub in the old Boots shop and social club by Trent Bridge.
Meadows Advice Group: offered management services as organisation has become more effective and been reaching 30% more clients.
TO BE COMPLETED
In the Bridgeway Centre Co-op and they’re playing Elvis’ “Way Down”. And you could sense the queue for the tills tapping their toes.
And now for the flood of puns (“way down”, “shook up”, “a little more representation”) and news coverage with Bus Pass Elvis beating the Lib Dems into fifth at the Clifton North by-election.
The news breaking as Nick Clegg was announcing a team to negotiate the next coalition government and telling Putin what for. Yeah. Right. Oh, and their Spring conference starts today.
I’m not a fan of the “joke” candidates, yet there’s a seriousness to David Bishop that belies the joke image. I’ve bumped into him at the Sherwood Co-op more than once and his complaint is that the local newspaper doesn’t give by-elections and politics enough attention.
Well, hallelujah, and more than that, he won’t complain about the coverage he in particular is now getting -
BBC – Bus Pass Elvis Party beats Lib Dems in election
ITN – Lib Dems ‘all shook up’ by Bus-pass Elvis defeat
Nottingham Post – Bus-pass Elvis party explains victory over Lib Dems in election
Slightly surprised by the notion of a dispute between Elvis and Labour supporters in the pub cos I thought we kinda get on. Hey ho.