The people have spoken – trust the people

Yesterday afternoon, I was somewhat nervous to receive notification that Tim Farron was going to make a “major speech”. Straight after an election, when you are still suffering from advanced post-election bone tiredness, is no time to be suddenly deciding to make a “major speech”.

But it was a good speech and I applaud Tim’s display of righteous anger on behalf of the young and those who are boiling with rage – those who are now shouting: “we are better than this”. Continue reading

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Great BBC Four programme on the Pop charts

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This programme came out in 2012, but I’ve just seen it repeated on BBC Four. It really is superb: Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10″. It’s on BBC iPlayer for the next 9 days.

It is a remarkable documentary on the charts from 1952 up to 2012, with some great footage of the British Market Research Bureau, Gallup, Radio One, Top of the Pops and record shops over the decades. Well worth watching!

The photo above is a remarkable find. It shows Alan Freeman and Tom Browne together in the Radio One studio in September 1972. This would have been when Pick of the Pops, introduced by Alan Freeman, ended and was replaced by “Solid Gold Sixty” presented by Tom Browne.

Confused by competing claims over the EU? – try these impartial fact-checking websites

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I’ve heard quite a few people saying words along these lines:

I’ve heard claims and counter-claims about the EU and I just don’t know who to believe.

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Clinton finds her voice: "This isn’t reality television – this is actual reality."

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Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he’s angry, but America’s entire arsenal.

Hillary Clinton has found her voice with a major speech on foreign policy in San Diego. The speech is substantive, going through key issues one by one and quoting Donald Trump’s “ideas”, of which she says, powerfully: Continue reading

The government's BBC white paper presents reasonably sensible proposals

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The government’s white paper on the BBC (“A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction”) is available to read here. For a white paper, it is attractively presented. It puts forward a range of thoughtful and carefully calibrated proposals for the future. Continue reading