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Local

Wyre Forest and West Midlands

It’s not unknown for Councillors to get into hot water .. and that’s what’s happening in Wyre Forest’s paddling pools, with Kidderminster Town’s Conservative group leader criticising the District Council for not opening St. George’s Park pool .. .. the pool which they closed ! And we hear ‘wise words’ from Labour (wise words from Labour ?) criticising the Tory’s decision as “a bit rich” (and what else can we expect from Shire County Tories ?) So, on the hottest day of the year, the poor, dehydrated children of Kidderminster Town will have to leg it, past Podmore Pool, past Broadwaters, past the Stack Pools, over the River Stour, over the Worcestershire canal, stopping just short of Hoo Brook, at Brinton Park, in Kidderminster .. where there’s a lovely refurbished paddling pool (now called a ‘Splash Pool’, for obvious reasons) waiting for them. Or they can join the 120 or so members of the Wyre Forest Swimming Club who have resumed training at Holy Trinity School pool. They’re normally resident at the brand new Leisure Centre which has been closed since March. They will be back around August 7th - or join others at Bewdley from Monday 24th. ________________ The empty, spare space which was Crown House, Bull Ring, Kidderminster, has attracted people - some 500 of whom have signed a petition for an open "nature square" featuring trees, foliage, bird baths, solar lighting, benches, art, a water feature, a picnic area (and, who knows, maybe a statue ?) while the Council await a funding bid towards long-term plans for the land. Who knows, maybe an undeveloped empty space, made beautiful, is what we need - there are, after all, plenty of empty spaces where we used to shop?

National

Throughout the UK

And yet more about that wee fannybaws - my, does she help fill up the column inches ! So just what is young Nicola hiding underneath her kilt ? And, as the veil starts to lift, we see .. .. it’s yet another plea for an “independence” referendum .. .. called, so eloquently by none other than former Labour MP George Galloway, a “Neverendum”. Apparently ‘Gorgeous George’ (remember those pink tights ?) is ‘stirring-up a whooley’ on social media north of the border as he advances the cause of a new political campaign group, ‘Alliance for Unity’, which plans to secure the defeat of the SNP in May 2021 and bring an end to the interminable ride on the ferris-wheel that Scotland’s endured for the past 13 years. “Our case is simple, the Scottish people have spoken. The referendum was literally called decisive in the Edinburgh agreement which established the referendum. Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon said a thousand times, maybe 5,000 times, that this was a 'once in a generation referendum', sometimes they even said 'once in a lifetime'.” How strange to be in agreement with George on such matters. His comments come as Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine reminded the First Minister more than half of the people in Scotland do not support her. ________________ Scotland .. the well that never runs dry .. .. So what have Rowan Atkinson (comedian), Val McDermid (Authoress), Elaine C Smith (comedienne), Peter Tatchell (human rights campaigner), A C Grayling (philosopher) and Nick Ross (TV presenter) in common; together with the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Newspaper Society, the Scottish Police Federation, the Catholic Church & the Humanist Society – Scotland ? Why, .. .. their opposition to the “unintended consequences” if the SNP’s controversial hate crimes legislation is passed into law. The ‘wee tartan terror’ risks stifling freedom of expression and rational debate (but there’s nothing new there) and arousing widespread concern that the planned law currently making its way through Holyrood will have a chilling impact on freedom of speech, and could see people investigated and prosecuted for voicing views seen by others as inflammatory or controversial. Of course, there are other “unintended consequences” .. .. ! Those (of us) who see the views of ‘Independence for Scotland’ as both “inflammatory and controversial” will be able to make good use of this legislation in declaring SNP literature, its manifestos and myriad speeches as falling foul of their own law. Such material to be condemned as unlawful and branded as (the crime that dare not speak its name) “a ‘hate’ crime” .. .. !! “Bring it on, yie ‘wee tartan terror’.” ________________ Nicola Sturgeon, (och aye the noo, tovarish), when confronted with the possibility that Russia has sought to upend our democratic norms, responded in characteristic manner, by attacking the UK government and demanding a fuller inquiry into what the Russians have done and why the English must be to blame. And over her (nervous) shoulder is the man who has become her bête noire in recent years Alex Salmond, who was her former mentor and predecessor at Bute House. Complicit in substantiating her beliefs in ‘conspiracies’ must be that former First Minister’s hosting of his own weekly show on ‘Russia Today’, the Kremlin-funded broadcaster, alongside the exotically named former MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. John le Carre, if you had written this plot-line, not even David Cornwell would have believed you.

International

Throughout the rest of the world

Who would have thought it ? So many lovely ladies fancying their chances to be the mate* of a 78 year-old! Kamala Harris (55) Senator for California Susan Rice (55) Former US ambassador to the UN Elizabeth Warren (71) Senator for Massachusetts Val Demings (63) Congresswoman for Florida Stacey Abrams (46) Former gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Karen Bass (66) Congresswoman for California Tammy Duckworth (52) Senator for Illinois former Army pilot who lost both her legs in the Iraq War after her helicopter was shot down by insurgents. Ms Duckworth, an Asian American, later retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel Keisha Lance Bottoms (50) Mayor of Atlanta Tammy Baldwin (58) Senator for Wisconsin openly gay Gretchen Whitmer (48) Governor of Michigan Michelle Lujan Grisham (60) Governor of New Mexico And the ‘lucky man’, if indeed he is “lucky” (and can “make their day”).. why, none other than that ‘old goat’ Joe Biden (who would be entering the White House at the age when Ronald Regan was leaving). * We obviously mean ‘running mate’ for the position of Vice President of the United States of America _________________ If Vladimir Putin happened to catch the Intelligence & Security Committee’s news conference on the ‘Russia report’ he would have enjoyed it: the evident frustration of the committee’s members, the Government’s apparent reluctance to investigate Russian interference in the Brexit referendum, and BoJo’s delay of the publication of their report for so long. The committee seemed to direct more ire at the Government than the Kremlin. The investigation that was intended to expose the wrongdoing of Russia had instead portrayed Putin as a strong leader who was an active threat to the western democracies. That’ll go down well at home. To Putin this would have seemed richly gratifying: and, if he missed it, he’ll be kicking himself.

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