Full litter bin on Mansfield Road

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The small litter bin by the bus stop on Mansfield Road (between Springfield Road and Monsell Drive) is full and people have been putting rubbish on top. Needs emptying and perhaps a bigger one installed. Reported to fixmystreet in the Rubbish category by Tad Jones on the 8th February 2017.

https://www.fixmystreet.com/report/976282

Letter to the Nottm Post: Respect is key to fair society

imag0655As a Liberal I’m very much in favour of the enactment of the Alan Turing law that will pardon thousands who were prosecuted for homosexuality before 1967. Governments have no business interfering in the love lives of private citizens. This is an injustice which should have been recognised and put right long ago. Liberals believe that the power of the state should not be exercised against you, unless there may be harm to others. This harm principle was famously articulated by John Stuart Mill in 1859. Not a bad principle to live by, or to run a country on. Having respect for individuals and diversity is, I feel, the mark of a civilised society. These days, with nationalists becoming emboldened by brexit and the election of Donald Trump, recognising how liberal laws and policies can make a positive impact on peoples lives seems more relevant than ever.

Tad Jones
Monsell Drive
Nottingham

Theresa May: do not co-operate with torture

libdem logoShortly after university I volunteered at a charity where the future Mrs Jones worked, then the Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture and now Freedom from Torture. So this is a cause close to our hearts. Donald Trump recently said he thinks torture works. Trump has said a lot of shocking things, some I’m sure were just to shock or pander to a particular group, but some he may well act on. I’m pleased to support Alistair Carmichael’s call for the UK to take a strong stance against torture, and I hope you do to. Democracies should be better than this, and we make it easier for dodgy regimes to torture when we don’t have clean hands ourselves. We have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards, which will help establish and propagate ethical international norms. For countries like the USA and the UK undermine these norms and the rule of law goes against our core values.

The text of the petition is-

Theresa May is in America today, for her first meeting with Donald Trump and she must make clear that Britain will not co-operate if he brings back torture.

Torture is illegal, immoral and makes us all less safe – and Britain should take no part it in. Agree? Add your voice to ours today:

http://www.libdems.org.uk/torture/

Letter to the Nottm Post: If facts change, will your mind?

imag0610A recent survey by the University and College Union showed that 90% of academics thought that brexit will have a negative impact on their sector, and that 42% said they were more likely to leave UK higher education. Given the importance of the universities to our economy this is quite worrying. Indeed there appears to be quite a few indications of a negative effect of the referendum vote. The pound has fallen against other currencies. Hate crimes, like the vandalism of the Polish cultural centre in Hammersmith, increased 41% in July, with higher rises in areas that voted to leave. The Office for Budget Responsibility reports that economic growth has slowed and business investment has fallen since June. Economic growth forecasts have been revised down from 2.2 to 1.4% for 2017. And this is before article 50 has been triggered.

No doubt there are people who favour brexit that will dispute such concerns and dismiss me as a remoaner. It’s true that I voted to remain and still think that being in the single market, and working together with our closest neighbours, is a good thing. However, to paraphrase John Maynard Keynes, if the facts change I’ll change my mind. So my question to leave voters is – what would it take for you to change yours?
Tad Jones
Valley Road
Sherwood
Nottingham

Letter to the Nottingham Post: MPs should judge article 50

imag0452Edmund Burke, the 18th century Whig MP often referred to as the father of modern English conservatism, is not infrequently quoted by MPs. This quote seems especially relevant these days – “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”

According to the BBC, 479 MPs were in favour of remain in June (including some 185 tories), compared to 158 favouring leave. The recent House of Commons motion calling for the Governments Brexit plan to be published before triggering article 50 was comfortably passed. Once we know more about the post-Brexit plan, and it’s implications for the economy, it may become increasingly obvious what a bonkers idea hard Brexit is. I hope that when it comes to the crunch MPs will re-read their Burke and cast their vote according to their judgement.

Tad Jones
Valley Road
Sherwood
Nottingham

Letter to the Nottingham Post: Sometimes the voters change their minds

imag0413The Liberal Democrat victory in Richmond Park by-election illustrates an important part of our democracy. The electorate votes according to what they think or feel at the time and, if that changes, at the next election they vote differently. In 2015 Zac Goldsmith had a majority of 23,015. On Thursday the voters of Richmond Park preferred a pro-European liberal who wasn’t even a party member 18 months ago over the prominent Brexit campaigner and sitting MP. People vote for lots of different reasons, but I suspect that worries about Brexit played a large part in this one. Polls suggest that if the EU referendum was rerun today the result would be different, and that a majority of us don’t want a hard Brexit with 90% of respondents to one survey wanting to stay in the single market. It has been said that the referendum on the 23rd of June was a vote for departure and not for the destination. The close referendum result, and the way the leave campaigns preposterous claims have unravelled since then, are further reasons for caution.

UKIP and right wing Tories want us to jump off the biggest Brexit cliff as soon as possible, without looking at the options, and without us having the chance to change our minds. It would be much more sensible, and more in tune with our democratic values, if we took our time to negotiate our future relationship with the single market, and then had a second referendum on the outcome of those negotiations. A democracy where you vote once and then live with that choice forever is not a democracy.

Tad Jones
Valley Road
Sherwood
Nottingham