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With the closure of the Liverpool Post and its website I have decided to shut Dale Street Blues/Associates.

Regular readers will know that since September the site has been updated infrequently. In May I was promoted to deputy head of content for both the ECHO and the Post, which has meant a significant change to my working hours. I also welcomed our second child to the world in the summer. And it has simply been impossible to find the time to write for Dale Street.

The new role has also meant that I am no longer in regular contact with some of the people that fed me material to use on the blog. And for one reason or another many of the bloggers who contributed to the site as its associates no longer do so.

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You hear news sometimes, and you just feel old. I might be nearly 33, but the final end of Duke Street's (and arguably Liverpool's) best ever club, Le Bateau, makes me lean back and mull over what has been and gone as if I were a Nan in my eighties. I might be a politician now, but once upon a time, I was a teenager, and Le Bateau was a very important place in my young years.

The long nights dancing, the music that changed us, the friendships made, the clothes we wore, happy times we had. For those of us of a certain age, the 90s were our 60s.

Without Le Bateau, I would have never heard the following musical miracles from the past: Stevie Wonder's brilliant re-working of The Beatles' We Can Work It Out, Curtis Mayfield's inspirational Move on Up, Julie Driscoll's beautiful Let the Sunshine In. And many more. It was the place you first heard new music, and it broke down the artificial barrier between 'dance' music and 'guitar' music.

Let me just be crystal clear, as I seem to have rattled a political advisers cage... heaven forbid.

Apparently "there just isn't room for egotistical individuals like you (me) in politics." and I am "really are an embarrassment to Liverpool lad." You know what I mean kid.

The Thatcher Years

By Paul Clein on Oct 7, 13 08:27 PM in Conservatives

Margaret_Thatcher_square.jpgUnderstandably, a lot has been written recently about Margaret Thatcher and her political legacy.

I did not mourn her passing and found some of the exultation at her death understandable but distasteful.

What is indisputable is that the UK has seen eight successive general election victories for Thatcherism, three of which she won herself.

Esther_McVey_reshuffle.jpgWIRRAL West Conservative MP Esther McVey was one of the biggest winners in the Government reshuffle.

She was named employment minister at the Department for Work and Pension and now carries the rank of Minister of State.

But Liverpool's Labour MPs fared less well in Ed Miliband's reshuffle. West Derby MP Stephen Twigg was dropped from Labour's shadow cabinet.

He lost his role as Shadow Education Secretary and will instead be Shadow Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform.

Garston and Halewood Labour MP Maria Eagle will stay in the shadow cabinet but has lost the transport portfolio to Wakefield MP Mary Creagh.

bus_lane.jpgA CITY which has the lowest rates of car ownership in the UK and is striving to become the Green Capital of Europe is not, some might think, the most necessary or most logical place to scrap bus lanes.

Nonetheless, Mayor Joe Anderson has decided to pander to the petrol heads and suspend the 24 bus lanes.

He has decided that they're not working and not really increasing the number of people using public transport, so he's decided to do what any brave, visionary leader does when faced with a challenge - quit while he's behind.

eddie_bike.jpgTHE dear reader will be more than familiar with the Oscar Wilde phrase "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that's not being talked about."

However, as one of Mr B's colleagues once remarked, "Oscar Wilde might have felt differently if he'd ever read Mr Brocklebank".

Some people, though, are seemingly impervious to the belief that there is any such thing as bad publicity.

And one of those has to be former Liverpool councillor Eddie Clein, who last week found himself back in the headlines after being accused of suggesting that people who visit food banks do so in order that they can spend their money on iPhones rather than feeding themselves.

The Broken Criminal Justice "System"

By Paul Clein on Sep 17, 13 11:20 AM in

The legitimacy of the criminal justice system in a modern democracy depends on the unspoken compact between state and citizen whereby the state undertakes to deal appropriately with criminal and anti-social acts while as a quid pro quo the citizen undertakes not to pursue vigilante means of redress and accepts the punishment meted out to offenders.

Back in the good old days, the system in place meant that almost everyone arrested and charged with a lesser offence appeared in magistrate's court the next day where, if pleading guilty, (which most did) judgement was given there and then with a consideration for early admission of guilt usually reflected in the sentence imposed.

The result was a system where the majority of cases were disposed of very quickly and justice was rather more seen to be done than now.

MiliE2.pngLabour have dismissed a complaint from Cllr Jake Morrison that he should get an apology after his exit from the party.

Below is the email from the party:

If a week is a long time in politics, it is also ample time to decide not to launch an investigation into Alan Dean's 'p*****d on chips' voicemail he left Jake Morrison.

The young councillor got a letter yesterday telling him it failed a number of tests it needed to meet to warrant any further action.

Below is the letter reproduced in full:

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