Gizza Job

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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.

MPs To Review Boaty Naming Process

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If you remember back in March, Flat Eric told us the story that the people of the internet had voted to name the new polar research ship “Boaty McBoatface”. Now when we read the story, we just knew in our heart-of-hearts that someone was going to come along and ruin it. Someone wasn’t going to see the funny side and would stomp all over the idea. So it may come as no surprise, that now a group of self-appointed busy-body MPs are to review the process that has been used to find the name. Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee want to discuss whether the public engagement project around the search for a name has been a success or a failure.

David Cameron In Charge Of The Asylum Again!

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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.

Government Overturns Welsh Streets Demolition

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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”.

Feeding Birkenhead

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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.

Liverpool Divided

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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.

Frankie Boyle Joins Our Campaign

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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.