Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Corbyn's critics condemn themselves

It is a long time since I have commented on the wider political scene, but the aftermath of the referendum (in which I voted to remain a member of the European Union) has brought about a mass resignation from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet. It seemed very orchestrated to me.

I voted for Corbyn to be Leader of the Labour Party only after my preferred candidate, Andy Burnham, joined the nasty brigade, when he saw his chances of winning slipping away.

What prompted the following analysis was a column in The Guardian by Tristram Hunt about how Corbyn had failed to show leadership etc. etc. and this from the MP for Stoke, where the remain vote was just 30.64%. If this TV historian could not persuade voters in his local authority area to vote 'remain', what right did he have to criticise Corbyn's leadership skills, whose local authority area voted 75.2% to remain.

Dame Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP for Barking in East London, who appeared to begin the attack on Corbyn, could only deliver a 37.56% remain vote in her local authority area (Barking & Dagenham).

If Corbyn's critics could not deliver 'remain' majority votes in their own back yards so to speak, why should I have any confidence in their ability to deliver a Labour government at the next general election?

As things stand we are talking about an exclusively English Labour Party, perhaps two if London decides to go its own way, led by Khan. Scotland's Labour Party has to have its own agenda and policies, as does Wales. The Labour Party as we have known it is dead. It has been overtaken by events.

Below is a table I have compiled showing how the resigned shadow cabinet members performed in the referendum. Of the twenty-one resigning according a Wikipedia list (see link here), eleven failed to deliver 'remain' majorities in their back yards and Corbyn outperformed all the resigning shadow cabinet members.

One final comment. I like Tom Watson, the Labour MP for West Bromwich, but he is in no position to advise Jeremy Corbyn about what he should or not do. West Bromwich is down at the bottom when it comes to 'remain' percentages. Now, he may have worked his socks off trying to persuade his constituents and others in Sandwell to vote 'remain'. Whatever he did, he did a bad job.

When it comes to voting for a new leader of the Labour Party, assuming we have a ballot, which seems very likely, we will have to see who the candidates are and I will be looking closely at how they performed in the referendum.

One thing is sure, the remain camp did not lose because of Jeremy Corby — which is why I have no time for those attacking him now, however much they dress up their behaviour.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Nottingham Tram Park Lines worm map

I saw a flyer asking for 'historic park poems' about Nottingham parks and came up with this take on the idea of a map as poetry. It doesn't quite work as the latter, the locations along the route of the tram with parks do not 'bounce' enough, but I am quite pleased with the worm map I created in thirty minutes, including river crossings by the tram.

Having said the park names don't bounce, every one of the names could easily be taken as the name of a railway station. 'Bestwood Country to Inham Nook' does sound a little more lyrical than 'Hucknall to Toton Lane'.

It crosses the Leen four times and from Wilford Bridge, as the tram crosses the Trent, you can see the Leen outfall, where it falls into the Trent. 

The tram crosses the Nottingham Canal twice and from where the tram crosses the canal on Gregory Street you can see where it becomes the Beeston Canal.

Usual rule. Click to enlarge and see the final right-hand section of the worm map.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

New Beeston 'worm map'

Remember the rule, click on to enlarge. It's that easy.

This is a version of my entry into the Civic Society's annual photographic and art competition. Hope you enjoy the preview.

As you can see my first post in a long time. Health issues have made me park some of my activities and I am afraid the weekly blog has been parked ever since, but it still seems a good home for my maps.