Sunday, 25 January 2015

25th January Politics Podcast with Malcolm and Liam

Here is our latest politics podcast, our first of 2015. It is hosted by North West Durham Labour activist Malcolm Clarke and the Labour Party Candidate for the Hexham Constituency for the May 2015 General Election, Liam Carr.

This week we discuss the need for the inquiry into historic sex abuse and we discuss how it seems allegations against the elite are held back until the accused pass away. We also discuss the defection of a UKIP MEP to the Tories and whether we feel there will be two General Elections in 2015. Please press play to listen to the podcast or subscribe via our talkshoe page by clicking this link.

Our political podcast is available on iTunes where you can subscribe FREE by visiting their iTunes store. Click here to subscribe to our Politics Podcast on iTunes. There is no better way of ensuring you do not miss a show as any new shows as they will automatically be downloaded to your computer each time you open the iTunes application.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to listen in and we hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

18th January 2015 Politics Podcast with Malcolm and Liam

Here is our latest politics podcast, our first of 2015. It is hosted by North West Durham Labour activist Malcolm Clarke and the Labour Party Candidate for the Hexham Constituency for the May 2015 General Election, Liam Carr.

This week we discuss the NHS, Liam's support of an RMT campaign and his local campaigning, the sorry state of affairs regarding voter registration and the Snoopers Charter. We also cover the surrounding issues not mentioned that much in the media. Please press play to listen to the podcast or subscribe via our talkshoe page by clicking this link.

Our political podcast is available on iTunes where you can subscribe FREE by visiting their iTunes store. Click here to subscribe to our Politics Podcast on iTunes. There is no better way of ensuring you do not miss a show as any new shows as they will automatically be downloaded to your computer each time you open the iTunes application.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to listen in and we hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

11th January 2015 Politics Podcast with Malcolm and Liam

Here is our latest politics podcast, our first of 2015. It is hosted by North West Durham Labour activist Malcolm Clarke and the Labour Party Candidate for the Hexham Constituency for the May 2015 General Election, Liam Carr.

This week we discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris, Tory proposals to implement anti-Trade Union legislation, Ed Miliband pledging to give Ofgem powers to ensure changes in wholesale energy prices are passed on to customers, the TV debates and who should participate in them and Liam's local updates. Please press play to listen to the podcast or subscribe via our talkshoe page by clicking this link.

Our political podcast is available on iTunes where you can subscribe FREE by visiting their iTunes store. Click here to subscribe to our Politics Podcast on iTunes. There is no better way of ensuring you do not miss a show as any new shows as they will automatically be downloaded to your computer each time you open the iTunes application.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to listen in and we hope you enjoy it.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Gordon Taylor Somehow Manages To Make It Worse

Ched Evans served over two years in prison after it was alleged and judged on by a jury, that a woman he slept with was incapable of giving consent and Evans was found guilty of the very serious charge of rape and sentenced to a long prison sentence. Evans, a promising Footballer at the time of his conviction, has always protested his innocence and has made moves towards further contesting the judgment in court via the appeals process available to him. I have no sympathy towards Evans. I respect he holds a view that he is innocent and he should go down the route of going to court and presenting his case. He has a right to do that, just as the victim of the crime he is guilty of committing had a right to go to court and ask for justice to be served against Evans for the crime he was found guilty of committing.

As you can well imagine, I wrote this article very carefully. It is unacceptable to be irresponsible in how these issues are discussed. Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the PFA, will learn this to his cost tomorrow when the campaign against preventing Ched Evans from re-starting his Football career turns their fury towards Taylor for his comments today where he likened Ched Evans's case to the campaign faced by the 'Justice For The 96' Hillsborough campaigners. The press will vilify him for these comments and rightly so. Taylor (correctly) acknowledged that there is a chance that Evans could hypothetically be successful in his appeal and could, in time, have his crime and therefore his guilt, rescinded. Taylor suggested the Hillsborough campaigners did likewise when they cleared their own name over a period of time after accusations the deceased had caused unrest on that terrible day in 1989. You won't need me to highlight the problems with Taylor's attempted analogy and why it was such a absolutely ridiculous thing to say. Taylor will be under heavy pressure to resign. The fact is that Evans is guilty of a heinous crime and barring a dramatic legal u-turn, nothing will change. Taylor should have chosen his words more carefully, he probably knows this now.

I have heard it said a lot in social circles that "Evan's has served his time" and the British Justice System is built on second chances once the punishment is served. A second chance would be consistent with our justice system but is it right that this second chance should come in a public role where young people look to him as a role model? Does he deserve the amazing life a professional sportsman enjoys? My own view is that when his license allows it, if a team is willing to sign him he should go and play abroad, but in the meantime he should have the respect for the victim in this matter to not seek to restart his Football career.

To even try to return to Football at this time is foolish. It will be impossible, due to the ferocity of feeling towards Evans and the way the press will contact every sponsor, patron, board member and staff in the event that Evans is linked to a particular club, for the signing to be completed. Oldham Athletic made an attempt to sign Evans this week and found the backlash severe. Two wrongs don't make a right and board members and their families receiving threats is not right, but it demonstrates the folly of believing signing Evans is even possible in theory for a club. Even if a club did sign Evans, everytime he arrives for training he would need security, there will be people attempting to get at him during matches and it would be a massive distraction for the whole club. It is simply ridiculous to think that this issue would ebb away over time. The press won't lose interest and it is in the public interest for them to pursue the story. It would be very brave of someone to try and suggest this whole saga is unfair towards Evans, given what he has done. Gordon Taylor has come very close to saying just that and I think he will pay a heavy professional price for it.

As far as Evans himself goes, the man seems in total denial as to the seriousness of what he has done and shows no awareness that it was his actions that caused his victim such hurt. He remains ignorant to the fact that legally overturning the conviction does not remove the hurt and humiliation of the young woman who was the victim in this case. Until he shows some contrition beyond staged PR attempts, he does not deserve a second chance in such a rewarding and public profession. He has a right to appeal, but he should remain out of the spotlight until that is completed. I hope he does not return to professional Football. There are other things he can do and once outside public life, he should be left to get on with it. I also hope the victim in this case can receive the support to quickly rebuild her life and with the appropriate level of privacy, she can move on with her life.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year

2015 will be an important year in Politics. Plenty to fight over, argue over and debate. Most importantly, make sure your 2015 is a happy and healthy one.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas & Summary

Reaching a mini milestone with my 100th post of the year I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers and your families a very Merry Christmas.

This year I have been lucky enough to do a politics podcast with Liam Carr, the Hexham Parliamentary Candidate for Labour which has been a significant percentage of the content of this website. Liam was well-known to me and is now more widely respected as a hard-working candidate and it is to his great credit that he is out there holding the Hexham MP to account in a seat which does not feature in any Labour Party target list. Using the social media troll indicator, Liam is getting his message across. It is easy for people to get selected in a seat which is thought of as safe and do little work, but Liam really has tried hard. I think this has been noticed and people like Liam deserve success. Should he not be elected for Labour this time around I really hope he gets elected in the future. I've a feeling he will do it. Click the link on the right sidebar and get subscribed to our podcast, we record each podcast with no more than a cursory glance at the topics covered in the news and I personally think it is a decent show. We speak without careful scripting so we are honest with our opinions. At this point we are unsure whether the podcast will continue beyond May 2015, but I hope it does.

It is clear that 2015 will be a very interesting General Election and probably the most interesting election in decades. It may be business as usual where despite the medias best efforts the fight is between Labour and Conservatives for majority governance or we may get a hung parliament and a complex coalition set-up with a plethora of minor parties. There are a number of factors that make this election really interesting, such as; will Labour get a majority? Will the Tories? How well, or badly, will the Lib Dems actually do? How will the expected SNP surge in Scotland effect the results and any coalition negotiating? How well, or badly, will UKIP do? Will they form part of a coalition? Will they hold Clacton and Rochester? What will this mean for the UK's ongoing membership of the EU? This will all be very interesting and the media will be stoking the flames throughout. We will also get the spectacle of the T.V. debates, which I am personally not that bothered about but it certainly engages a wide audience into Politics even if the "results" will be biased and the positions taken are usually populist.

What about me? I will be working hard to get my own MP, Pat Glass, re-elected. I am looking forward to the challenge and in working with her during the next parliament. My job may be very different, busier, particularly if Labour get elected. But bring it on, I enjoy Politics and all of it's madness. In 2015 my goals are to significantly improve my C.V. I am very interested in Strategic Communications so my goal is to read 4-5 texts on the subject per month (as well as watching various lectures on YouTube) and either start an MA in Communications (distance learning) or complete a foundation course until the September enrollments. I feel am suited to this field because I love writing good copy, strategically aligning everything to get a clear message across and my current role is relevant to this area. I really don't want to start over in a future role so I would like to pursue real excellence in this field where I have some experience. I'm quite excited about it as I write this and am listening to a YouTube lecture on the subject. I must avoid finishing work and literally "going home" and doing nothing until the next day.

Thanks for reading and I'll be posting my updates on how the campaign is going and I look forward to offering an honest view from the ground. I enjoy maintaining this blog and knowing it read by a few people is really rewarding. Thanks again.

21st December 2014 Politics Podcast with Malcolm & Liam

Here is our latest politics podcast (a day early this week!) It is hosted by North West Durham Labour activist Malcolm Clarke and the Labour Party Candidate for the Hexham Constituency for the May 2015 General Election, Liam Carr.

This week we discuss Nigel Farage making ill-judged remarks, the local government settlement announced and what this means for North East Local Authorities and we discuss the local NHS services and the increasing dependence of vulnerable people on local Food Banks. We would also like to take this opportunity in wishing listeners and readers a Merry Christmas. Please press play to listen to the podcast or subscribe via our talkshoe page by clicking this link.

Our political podcast is available on iTunes where you can subscribe FREE by visiting their iTunes store. Click here to subscribe to our Politics Podcast on iTunes. There is no better way of ensuring you do not miss a show as any new shows as they will automatically be downloaded to your computer each time you open the iTunes application.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to listen in and we hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

14th December 2014 Politics Podcast with Malcolm and Liam

Here is our latest politics podcast (a day early this week!) It is hosted by North West Durham Labour activist Malcolm Clarke and the Labour Party Candidate for the Hexham Constituency for the May 2015 General Election, Liam Carr.

This week we discuss the BBC Question Time battle between panellists that include Nigel Farage and Russell Brand. We also cover the ongoing row concerning Firefighters Pensions and the refusal of the minister to meet the firefighters around the negotiating table to discuss this further and we look at increases in spending limits for political parties during the long and short election campaign and Jim Murphy becoming Leader of Labour in Scotland. Please press play to listen to the podcast or subscribe via our talkshoe page by clicking this link.

Our political podcast is available on iTunes where you can subscribe FREE by visiting their iTunes store. Click here to subscribe to our Politics Podcast on iTunes. There is no better way of ensuring you do not miss a show as any new shows as they will automatically be downloaded to your computer each time you open the iTunes application.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to listen in and we hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

7th December 2014 Politics Podcast with Malcolm and Liam

Here is our latest politics podcast (a day early this week!) It is hosted by North West Durham Labour activist Malcolm Clarke and the Labour Party Candidate for the Hexham Constituency for the May 2015 General Election, Liam Carr.

This week we discuss the Autumn Statement from the Chancellor. We discuss the unsuprising announcement that former SNP Leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will stand (subject to the formality of local selection) for the Gordon constituency as SNP candidate and we also cover the Clinton Card's Christmas card controversy. Local updates and a bit of Farage also covered. Please press play to listen to the podcast or subscribe via our talkshoe page by clicking this link.

Our political podcast is available on iTunes where you can subscribe FREE by visiting their iTunes store. Click here to subscribe to our Politics Podcast on iTunes. There is no better way of ensuring you do not miss a show as any new shows as they will automatically be downloaded to your computer each time you open the iTunes application.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to listen in and we hope you enjoy it.

Liam Carr - Winter Song by Alan Hull of Lindisfarne

After recording our politics podcast (to follow) we recorded Liam performing a version of "Winter Song", written by Alan Hull of Lindisfarne.