December 2011 Archives


Amid the row over the Cabinet papers of 1981, Matt Finnegan goes back to the future to imagine what the Cabinet papers from 2011 might reveal....

Secret Government papers from 2011 reveal that David Cameron's Cabinet sat on their hands as unemployment worsened and Britain headed towards a depression, we can exclusively reveal.

Howe dare he

By Blue Labourite on Dec 30, 11 12:29 PM in Labour

Cabinet documents released under the 30-year rule show how Margaret Thatcher was urged to abandon Liverpool in the wake of the 1981 riots by her then chancellor Geoffrey Howe.

This city's papers, and many national titles, have carried the story with various characters from then and now giving their views on the revelations.


There was nothing much new here. The Iron Lady has been demonised on Merseyside for many years, but there were those surrounding her even more Thatcherite than she was, driven by an extreme form of neolibralism and disdain for the industry that made Britain a world superpower.

ONCE upon a time the most complicated maths football fans were required to do was adding and subtracting goal difference at the end of a tense season.

Now the hardened supporter finds him or herself delving into balance sheets and the accounts of their football club to attempt to glean an insight into the financial health of their chosen team.

What happens off the field is as important, if not more so, than what happens when 11 men get a 90-minute workout on a Saturday afternoon.

Put simply, fans know that for their team to succeed their club needs to be rich.

Christmas and New Year

By Esther McVey on Dec 25, 11 03:10 PM in Conservatives

Christmas and New Year is a time for families and loved ones. It is a time to reflect on the year gone by, as well as to look forward to the forthcoming year.

It is a time for children and laughter, for recharging the 'old batteries' and seeing friends. It's also a time for thinking of those who have given up their Christmas to care for others, as well as remembering those who are less fortunate and in need of our care and support. Most importantly it's a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and here on Wirral we have wonderful church services where we can gather together to celebrate the message of Christmas, hope & joy.

esther_mcvey150.jpgCongratluations to Wirral West Esther McVey for being named MP of the month.

Total Politics named Esther McVey MP Of The Month in its New Year edition.

The award highlighted her Commons performances and her book, If Chloe Can, which was turned into a stage play by the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

The recent video of a Fed Ex employee casually tossing a PC monitor over a fence unaware of the fact he was being filmed offers both a lesson in how quickly a reputation threat can go viral but also how a modern organisation should deal with such matters. There have been plenty of past examples of organisations either burying their head in the sand or simply denying there is a problem when the world knows otherwise. The growth of social media and the ability of ordinary folk to post and comment on pictures of what they see makes it impossible to avoid the issue and hope it will go away.

The response of Fed Ex has been first rate both in the way they have used social media to respond but also the speed with which they responded. This doesn't surprise me. I had recent contact with them via Twitter after I posted a complaint about the erratic driving of one of their delivery guys. Not only were they scanning mentions on Twitter but their response was immediate and helpful.

THERE are many advantages to Liverpool's position at the centre of the universe. Not least, contends Mr Brocklebank, the benefits of all the wonderful gifts it has bestowed on our insignificant little planet.
And there's a lot to be thankful for, of course: not least the world's greatest ever rock and roll band, The Beatles, who were themselves credited with single-handedly creating the 1960s and everything since.

But little did Mr B realise that this by no means encompasses the whole panoply of Liverpool's legacy to the world.

When the squire's old mucker, Sir Paul McCartney, was interviewed last week, ahead of his first-ever performance at the Echo Arena, he explained his unexpected burst of largesse last Christmas when he gave chips to all who came at the end of the Academy gig.

Last night the FA announced it had reached a "conclusion" in the case of Luis Suarez and was fining the Liverpool striker £40,000 as well as banning him for eight games.

An Independent Regulatory Commission found that Suarez had used "insulting words" which included a reference to Manchester United full back Patrice Evra's colour.

There was little other detail other than that Liverpool had a right to appeal and 14 days in which to do so. The reasons or justification for this decision would be released in "due course" we were told.

Immediately all hell broke loose on Twitter with many Liverpool fans falling behind Suarez and crying injustice while Manchester United and other opposition supporters welcomed the ruling that, to them, clearly showed Suarez was a racist.

There is a lot a cynicism about councils at the moment, especially with some of the cuts coming down the line.

But it is worth remembering that local authorities can be forces for good.

A good example of this is the generosity of council staff and councillors at Liverpool council announced today.

One hundred teenage care leavers in the city will be spending their first Christmas in their own home, and donations have been collected to make sure they all get an extra gift.

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