From the letters page of the i newspaper yesterday:
After the election, one commentator remarked that history would treat the Liberal Democrats better than the electorate did. Continue reading
I have aways been a bit averse to Bob Dylan.
I have recognised him as being one of the best songwriters ever, but not the best singer of his own songs.
This situation changed yesterday.
I listened to Andy Kershaw’s sublime documentary “Back to Highway 61” about the making of Highway 61 Revisited. It is utterly fascinating. I then listened to the whole of Highway 61 Revisited on Spotify and, guess what? I actually enjoyed it. A lot. Indeed, so wowed by it was I that I am thinking of getting a T-Shirt with “Desolation Row” on it.
Tim Farron recently introduced his new Chief of Staff, Ben Williams, on these pages:
Ben was the standout candidate and brings a wealth of experience at all levels of the party from council campaigner to Head of Liberal Democrat Whips’ Office and latterly a Special Adviser. Everyone who has worked with him knows his skills and how brilliantly he works under pressure. There were many points over our years in government when I saw Ben, at first hand, make sure the government kept delivering liberal policies under tremendous pressures. He is exactly what our party needs – someone who can help me to help our party grow and thrive.
Radio 2 recently ran down the Top 100 guitar riffs as selected by their listeners. This is less a “riff” and more a solo. Between 1’56” and 2’38” on this record, is the rawest, most grungey, most primeval, gutsy flight of consciousness which has ever been translated into sound from an electric guitar:
Since May, the Government has threatened the human rights act, demonised refugees, penalised working families, abandoned green energy. You know, if ever you doubted the effectiveness of the Liberal Democrats in Government just look at what’s happening without us. In the words of Joni Mitchell
“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone “ Continue reading