Lib Dem FightBack

£90 Billion High Speed Disaster Looms for Yorkshire & UK

August 15, 2016


One of the Principal failings of Liberal Democrat involvement in the Coalition Government of 2010-2015 was the the failure of community minded Liberal Democrats to stand up for the 500,000 people in Rural,Suburban and Urban communities who had been our key supporters in the proposals for a High Speed Rail System. Instead of listening to Rail Industry voices like Rail Engineers HSUK & many others including our own HS1A who had taken a systemic,ecological and community minded approach to how to connect a HIgh Speed Rail System, Liberal Democrats signed off on a Big Government White Elephant project of breathtaking cost and stupidity. For Liberals who believed in the principle of not selling out ordinary people, especially rural communities to Big Money Interests in Big Cities, Big Corporations & Big Government vested interest, this is a sell-out to rival Tuition Fees for it's depth of folly.

On July 7th 2016, Yorkshire awoke to the surprise shock of a new route recommendation which falsely claimed to save £1 billion, and reduce noise,demolition & geological impacts on the Route HS2 Limited had adopted and consulted over in 2013.
It has now emerged now from a FOI Request by a Rotherham citizen that HS2 Limited had no idea about the impact of the new route & these false assertions repeated by Sir David Higgins in his July 7th Report were false. This is a serious matter that the Secretary of State Chris Grayling should demand answers to as local campaigners have estimated the total number of demolitions to be three times (315 versus 105) as high as the original Consulted Route. Equally affected populations within 500 meters of the track is considerably more than the 6,200 people blighted by noise in the original route.

HS2 Limited
Nothing short of action by the Secretary of State or an independent public inquiry into the Technical failure of HS2 Limited Engineers & Officials in the failed community engagement will save Yorkshire & the UK from a £90 billion fiscal train crash which has lost public,business & community support. Even Cities which supposedly backed the HS Route now lobby against ill thought out plans. Time to go back to the drawing board and for Liberal Democrats to realise that HS2 was never Liberal Democrat policy prior to the 2010  Coalition Ageement.  We don not regret to announce that the 2033 Train arriving at Platform 90,000,000,000 has been cancelled.

 
 

Why Liberal Democrats in Yorkshire should oppose current HS2 plans

July 24, 2016
Fellow Liberal Democrats ! 

We have made considerable progress in reconnecting with our historic voters & especially those who voted for the Party in 2010 and rightly abandoned us after. But not enough. We have a special connection with the 48% of voters who voted to stay in the EU.But there is still an invisible barrier of trust which is holding the party making the kind of breakthrough we saw in 2005 and in 1983. One word Trust. 

There is a feeling amongst the wider electorate that Liberals w...
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How Liberal Democrats can win for the 48%

July 24, 2016




We lost a vote on June 23, but we won the argument. The Leave campaign won by lying and the Remain Campaign was dominated by half-hearted Remainers like David Cameron & Jeremy Corbyn was set up for failure from the start. Add to that an electoral roll which deliberately excluded 16 & 17 Year olds, Long Term Expats and EU Citizens in a shameful betrayal of 3 groups most affected by Brexit and most in favour of Remaining. The Liberal Democrats are the party of the 48% and must work with Remaine...
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Immigration Good but not for all. What Business can do to stay in EU

June 12, 2016


We stand on the brink of a Brexit and the real possibility of Right Wing Coup. Ultra Conservatives like Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove , Liam Fox and others are preparing to strike down the Prime Minister and form the kind of Blukip Coalition we were warning about in May 2015. Those seeking to Leave the European Union have failed to put forward the kind of 650 page prospectus offered by the SNP in 2014. They have lost the economic arguments in a tidal wave of economist, banker...
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#Libdemfightback in Newcastle University

January 28, 2016

Tim talks to a room of students – and energises the #LibDemFightback in Newcastle

Students at NUSU Tim Talks

Of all the drops in the Liberal Democrat vote in May, the drop in the 18-24 vote was harshest. From 30% of the total vote of this age group in 2010, our vote collapsed to just 5% in May. Hope springs eternal in Newcastle, though – and we were delighted to welcome our leader, Tim Farron, in hosting a ‘Talk to Tim’ event at the New...


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Defeating ISIS, standing by France

November 14, 2015
In the aftermath of the shocking ISIS attacks that have killed 127 people in Paris, it is now time for Britain to show a strong signal to the world, our allies France, NATO and the USA and fellow combatants against ISIS , Russia and Iran that Britain will oppose and defeat this vile mass murder and the ideology which under pins it.



Up to now we Liberal Democrats at Libdemfightback have while supporting legal Airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq , since September have  questioned the legality, utili...
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The Libdemfightback & the Moderate Majority

November 6, 2015

Following Justin Trudeau's stunning General Election in Canada in October, Liberals in Britain are taking heart that a restoration in the political fortunes for the Liberal Democrat Party is taking shape as the EU Referendum approaches in 2016. Under Tim Farron's leadership we have scored a number of Council byelection successes winning 13 seats and holding 13 seats since May. Recent victories such as Torbay, Inverness and Essex show a UK wide trend towards upsurge with some swings in excess ...
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Evidence of BBC Media Bias against Liberal Democrats ?

September 30, 2015
For many of the BBC viewers & licence fee payers watching and funding BBC Question Time : the perplexing issue of Political Bias on the Question Time Panel is becoming acute. While the Conservative Party & Labour each have a panelist each week, other political parties with millions of votes have to wait up to 8 weeks to hear their representatives, while private media commentators appear in pairs each week. The net effect is often a right wing panel. The SNP is often on panels in England where...
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Labour rejects moderation

September 14, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's Stunning Victory in the Labour Leadership is a victory for grassroots, non-machine politics. People are crying out for authentic politics which puts people above vested interests. That is why Tim Farron won the Lib Dem leadership in July with a massive margin of support. Many of Corbyn's ideas merit cooperation : Opposition to Airstrikes, Opposition to Fracking, Opposition to HS2, for example. However most of Corbyn's Radical solutions are insane. Leaving NATO, Leaving the EU,...
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A visit to Calais - Migrants, HS2 & Fracking

August 19, 2015
Calais
August saw one Libdemfightback member visit Calais. Tim Farron's recent visit to Calais in July highlights the human plight of refugees, Migrants and asylum seekers who wish to risk their lives to come to help Britain and seek sanctuary from racism and violence.  

The BBC Songs of Praise visited St Michaels Migrants Church in Calais which inspired Christians and Liberals to redouble our efforts to oppose the Conservatives Xenophobic policy in Calais. These people are inspirational in the...
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