Nephew trumps uncle, again

Seven years before I get to see Shrewsbury City United beat a top flight club.
For the nephew, six games.
Twenty seven years after joining the Labour party before I get a chance to speak on TV.
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For the nephew, two.
I’m not bitter.
Turns out the sub-titlers can’t understand his accent either.
Tom’s on BBC Wales “The Wales Report – Youth People’s Debate” afer 16m30s.

Meadows local election hustings

Called relatively late and after the publication of “Meadows Matters”, it’s understandable that attendance was not very high for an event that the Liberal Democrats, for the second consecutive Bridge election, failed to attend.
Ten people attended, the format was one of candidates visiting residents at 5 separate tables and questions asked included –
– plans for Bridgeway shopping precinct;
– the regeneration of Arkwright Walk;
– the viability of the 48 bus services after the introduction of the extended tram services;
– recognisng the impact of cuts in youth services;
– the value of Police Community Support Officers;
– valuing football as well as cricket on the Meadows Recreation Ground;
– providing more council housing.

Two big points I want to make after the discussions.
1. We want to build more council housing.
We want more council housing because the rents are lower than those of registered social landlords and private landlords; and we want it for that sake – rather than to see some people then buy those properties, leaving less opportunity for those who need a home.
2. Our aspirations for The Meadows come from our political values.
UKIP supporters and Independents seem bewildered that we wanted to tackle the most unpopular housing in The Meadows, or invest in our parks and sports facilities to make them more popular, or to serve the people of The Meadows with an improved public transport system.
Our values – Green and Socialist.
We’d do more if we can get a change of government. Indeed, the £200m investment in The Meadows was cut by the new ConDem government in 2010 and our MP Lilian Greenwood had to save the decent, warm and modern council housing improvement programme.

Another tedious media pundit

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The BBC set their mission for this election to ‘make things clear’.
But the notion that they’re above politicians, and that they have a track record of making things clear, is phoney.
The last election saw the NHS not being raised once in TV prime minister debates.
But the agenda of trying to interrogate politicans to get mistakes creates the very environment the pundits then complain about – polticians acting like witnesses on a defence stand.
Meanwhile, they spend more and more time on what might happen with a result with no majority party – anticipating the result of the election rather than debating the issues that should decide the election.
And that’s tedious too.
Interesting that the most significant moment from BBC tv’s Andrew Marr programme – a programme designed to fluff him up too – was actually when Ed Miliband took on Boris Johnson directly.

A new wedding tradition

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Groom and bride posing for a selfie with their wedding rings.
A less new tradition – missing a football match cos of a family wedding.
Sorry to have missed Shrewsbury Villa winning promotion at Cheletenham United.
Instead followed the match on twitter during the reception, along with the fallout of David Cameron forgetting that he supported Aston Villa and not West Ham United.