A terrific movie that rehearses the big arguments that we should appreciate as two sworn enemies brokered the St.Andrew’s Agreement in 2006.
“The Journey” takes the trip Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness made for an urgent flight after the agreement was reached.
Here, critics appear to have a wobble. For one Northern Ireland correspondent, too much disregard for the facts; the characters not sufficiently captured. For one film critic, the dramatic device of the journey being monitored by all the other key participants not adding drama. Too harsh.
A parable has been created that entertains and illuminates, and reminds us well of just what a political journey these leaders took.
After 50 years, Ilkeston is back on the map.
Holding the Notts County Council Transport policies and programme for 1996/97, which included aims for a railway station in Ilkeston (2 in fact).
The new station is very near to Awsworth in Nottinghamshire, where Lisa is standing for Notts County Council in Stapleford and Broxtowe.
On the 10:46 to Nottingham, talked with a Mum, Gran and daughter from Ilkeston on the way back.
It was the daughter’s first trip on a train.
Mum said the bus trip could take 30 minutes to Nottingham, so perhaps 12 minutes quicker, but a much smoother journey.
A train operator spokesperson said journeys from the station to Nottingham should hopefully sell themselves – cos of the time gains and avoidance of congestion.
Meanwhile bumped into Steve Calvert who I met in the Summer of 1993 (I was a new County Councillor) to explore how we could get railways stations for Ilkeston (yep stations, we wanted a north and south, for a town that once had 4!)
They didn’t listen then, they’re half-listening now.
But 24 years for a simple railway station is another reminder of how difficult railway development outside of London and the South-East is.
And we wanted a suburban rail network for Nottingham.
That the negotiations to leave the European Union formally start today is merely the fallout of the country voting LEAVE in the referendum.
I think opinion is now slightly for REMAIN, but any change has not been significant enough to ignore the outcome of a referendum.
Leaving the EU will be a setback for Britain.
But in what way is still to be established by negotiation.
I tried to highlight membership of the EU in 2010 – see the Burton Mail clipping above.
Toyota have recently announced a new investment programme committing themselves to Burnaston.
So have we been too pessimistic about the impact of preparing to LEAVE?
True, Toyota and Nissan have committed to UK manufacture anew. Signs are less optimistic regarding Vauxhall.
Releasing £350m a week for the NHS would not have kicked in by now anyway, but it ain’t gonna happen.
The country’s focus is in the wrong place. Full employment on proper terms and conditions. Success for all in education. Getting back to maximum waiting times and tackling the growing demand for adult social care. Social security. Homes for all – proper sized homes.
Instead, large numbers of civil servants and others recruited to negotiate ourselves out of the EU.
Meanwhile, Labour’s six tests for a Brexit deal –
– Fair migration system for UK business and communities
– Retaining strong, collaborative relationship with EU
– Protecting national security and tackling cross-border crime
– Delivering for all nations and regions of the UK
– Protecting workers’ rights and employment protections
– Ensuring same benefits currently enjoyed within single market
I don’t object to the re-publication of the “Protect and Survive” pamphlet as a reminder of what was once published but the curator behind it is wrong to say it shows how close we came to a nuclear war.
The pamphlet was about building up the idea that we could fight and survive a nuclear war.
The particular notion was of a tactical nuclear war – i.e. within Europe only (strategic was USA and USSR exchanging ICBM with multiple nuclear weapons).
The pamphlet did backfire (a pamphlet called “Protest and Survive” was published; CND was renewed, a campaign against “tactical nuclear war – European Nuclear Disarmament – was started and based in Nottingham).
But there were still plenty of people in places like Top Valley saying they’d survive a bomb detonated over Nottingham city centre.
Lots of nonsense about this –
– so a BBC documentary that showed the impact of a single weapon was salutory;
– that a nuclear war could be constrained to Europe was inexplicable – just how were enemies supposed to know where bombs had been sent from? (The Russians would understand we were only taking out a bridge across the River Rhine? Disappointing to hear a Labour MP giving the notion of deficits in tactical nuclear weapons some credence in the last major Parliamentary debate.)
– we know that it wouldn’t take many explaosions to throw so much material in the atmosphere as to cause a nuclear winter – not seeing the sun again for many months; (Yeah, Top Valley might survive, but then starve.)
As a country, we got stranded choosing between unilateral and multilateral disarmament (hopeless) – so nice to see the UN giving multilateral nuclear disarmament another push today.
A reminder that an exercise, called “Square Leg“, run in the eigthies presumed 131 nuclear explosions in and over Britain, meaning – “Mortality was estimated at 29 million (53 percent of the population); serious injuries at 7 million (12 percent); short-term survivors at 19 million (35 percent).”
Map scanned from ‘Doomsday, Britain after Nuclear Attack’ by Stan Openshaw, Philip Steadman and Owen Greene Basil Blackwell, 1983 ISBN 0-631-13394-1
With his death came the tributes to the achievements once he embraced the political process (see Alistair Campbell article), and that oh so necessary balance about his deeds before then.
But true balance today would have been to include that we British allowed such segregation and religious discrimination in the first place.
Beyond that, what characters have come out of Northern Ireland.
Martin McGuinness. Gerry Fitt. John Hume. Ivan Cooper. David Ervine. Ian Paisley.
Ian Paisley! How am I even giving him a mention?
But if Martin McGuinness could be his chuckle brother, well we can all take a step back.
I used to think a united Ireland (kinda Harold Wilson, 1970) was the natural way and the way forward, but watching the peace process made you realise that there’s more to it.
– Photo by The Guardian –
Interesting that his last major act was to trigger an assembly election that saw Sinn Fein get closer than ever to the DUP.
Notable that he was telling people that the nature of the border that might be required in Ireland cos of the Brexit resolution has not been grasped.
Another go see movie. Yeah, not sure the film portrays an appropriate response to rape, but this is the alternative world of the movies and this movie is full of slightly wacky characters and stories (even the cat is slightly odd and the son’s girlfriend is particularly wild).
The film is so much more than the story of “she”, but Isabelle Huppert is great to watch here.
For a proper review, read The Guardian.
An engrossing, authoritative, content packed briefing on Britain, Brexit and Labour’s demands for the way forward given to members of Nottingham South Labour Party.
Paul Blomfield is a front bench spokesperson on Brexit for Labour and MP for Sheffield Central.
Some points (caution – my notes!) –
Every time, the Conservatives have approached membership of the EU or leaving it, through the perspective of something for every part of its party.
Labour have seen 5 of their demands in the white paper, although the bit on Parliament having a meaningful vote on the final deal is being voted on on Monday.
Labours perspective is economy and jobs. Full access to the single market.
Quite a quote from the (White paper) “We’ve been sovereign throughout the 43 years of our membership of the EU, but it just hasn’t felt like it.”
European Court of Justice has been an arbitration unit for trading agreements. Something like it will be needed for future arrangements.
There is space to reflect on free movement of people – it shouldn’t be a red line.
Red lines for Labour are EU nationals – a central issue since July – and a meaningful vote.
18 months for negotiations.
Article 50 vote. Didn’t enforce whip. Vote only triggers negotiations and the referendum did have to count for something – cos we said on the doorstep that it matters.
Over the same time, debating the Great Repeal Act to incorporate the European stuff in British law for day 1.
There are 6 principles being worked to –
- That if the UK leaves the EU single market or customs union, it should be only on “clear, demonstrable evidence” that it would cause no economic disadvantage. It also calls for the government to agree on a transitional trade deal and rule out a default to World Trade Organisation terms.
- To seek unspecified reform of the free movement of people from the EU with greater controls, while also “making the positive case for migration”.
- Maintaining cooperation with the EU in areas such as policing and security, and to avoid a more insular outlook, keeping current levels of defence and aid spending.
- Defend and keep existing EU regulations on employment and consumer protection, and to lead on environmental and climate change issues.
- Use Brexit as the spur to create a “new political economy” based around fairness, and to prevent a “cliff edge” of funding for EU-linked projects after 2020.
- To ensure parliament plays a key role in monitoring the terms of Brexit, and has a vote on a final deal.
If not a good deal, we will not vote for it.
There is free movement of labour, not the free movement of people.