Here at Jammy Toast we use WhatsApp and Skype to communicate with some of our friends. WhatsApp is handy because some of the people we communicate with have pay-as-you-go contracts and are not always in credit meaning they can’t send text messages. Others we communicate with on Skype because it is cool to see them as we speak and can often have a laugh together. However, if rumour is to be believed this may soon come to an end as David Cameron and his government are planning on banning these messaging services because of the encryption the use. Some of the rumours may be difficult to believe but now even the Financial Times is backing the story up.
Last September we told the story of our discovery of Liverpool’s Welsh Streets and the fight that was taking place between national and local government to decide their future. Today we learn that the national government is stepping in to block Liverpool council’s plans to demolish and rebuild some of the Welsh Street houses. Last year Liverpool leaders and anti-demolition campaigners gave evidence to an inquiry on whether Liverpool’s regeneration plans for the Welsh Streets – including a house where Beatle Ringo Starr once lived as young child – could be given the go-ahead. However, although the planning inspector recommended planning permission be given, the community’s secretary Eric Pickles stepped in to block the proposal. In his letter the Secretary of State said he “disagrees with the Inspector’s recommendation and refuses planning permission”.
With Christmas now almost here, it is sad to hear that many people who live in our home town of Birkenhead are having to rely on food hand-outs over the festive period. Luckily, a new scheme is starting a fight-back hopefully with the aim of wiping out hunger from our town. The “Feeding Birkenhead” scheme is the result of a national parliamentary inquiry into hunger and Birkenhead MP Frank Field is starting the scheme by bringing together local churches, charities and schools as part of the campaign.
It seems difficult to believe today but thirty years ago Liverpool was that opposed to the conservative government of Margaret Thatcher that they attempted to break away from central government and go it alone. Left-wingers hated Thatcher and everything she attempted to do to Liverpool and wanted to go their own way. Once the great port of the British Empire, Liverpool lost 80,000 jobs between 1972 and 1982 as the docks closed and its manufacturing sector shrank by half.
Comedian Frankie Boyle has joined the bear’s campaign to highlight the plight of Shaker Aamer – the last UK resident to be held at Guantanamo Bay. He has joined other campaigners who are attempting to fast for a combined total of 1,000 hours. Human rights campaigners Reprieve are supporting the hunger-strikers by encouraging supporters to give up food temporarily.
The 9/11 disaster, when the World Trade Centre was destroyed, was the most immoral human act I have ever seen. Anyone who was involved in planning, acting out or even supporting the people who undertook that cowardly act deserves the harshest treatment allowed under the law. I have no sympathy for those people and they need to be brought to justice and dealt with. That way, hopefully, this would stop anyone from ever planning anything similar in the future. It would also send out a message to others who were considering undertaking such acts that they would be dealt with harshly.
Everyone here at Jammy Toast would like to join the rest of the world in hoping Nelson Mandela makes a full recovering from his most recent lung infection. Although his condition is described as critical, South African President Jacob Zuma says doctors are doing everything they can to make their former leader comfortable. Mr Zuma said on Monday he had found Mr Mandela asleep, but had spoken to his wife and medical team. In what sounded a very solemn statement he said; “All of us in the country should accept the fact that Nelson is now old. As he ages, his health will… trouble him and I think what we need to do as a country is to pray for him. I think there is need to be sombre about the news. There is a need not to hold out false hopes but at the same time let’s keep him in our thoughts and let’s will him more strength.”