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It is depressing when the adversarial style of politics which is such a feature of British democracy generates more heat than light. It all too often does. One reason for this is, I believe, the historical domination of politics by males. This has meant that frequently testosterone has rather too much say in determining our political behaviour and the tone of the debates that take place. The rudeness and boorish behaviour that I have experienced in the Council Chamber was not, on the numerous occasions I witnessed it, an edifying experience. So, at one level, at least, it seems to me that we should welcome Theresa May as our second woman Prime Minister. We need more women in politics and more women in top jobs. Her appointment should also remind us of how much more work we as a party must do to increase our own diversity so that we can better represent society as a whole. However, her previous record as Home Secretary is particularly illiberal and does not fill us with optimism when she talks about her 'one nation' aspirations.
Michael Caine reputedly said, "Not a lot of people know that." Now, there are many things of which this could be said but high on list would be the Windsor Liberal Club - or The Acre as it is also known.
There has been a Liberal Club in Windsor for over one hundred and twenty seven years and for much of that time it has been at 4 Victoria Street, where it is currently This site is opposite the barracks and in front of Bachelor's Acre.
An embarrassed Tory councillor behind money saving plans to curb grass cutting across Wokingham borough has been forced to say sorry to the public.
It follows widespread local anger at how road signs have become obscured and paths made impassable by a decision to stop mowing grass verges. As a result many communal areas where local residents take their children or walk their dogs have become unusable and in some places even dangerous.
Local Liberal Democrats claimed the controversial verge-side policy was verging on madness and challenged the Conservative councillor responsible, Angus Ross, to apologise. Now those demands have finally been met with Cllr. Ross admitting at this month's (July) council meeting that his scheme had caused problems and he wanted to apologise to the public.
This was welcomed by Lib Dem group deputy leader Council. Lindsay Ferris who after the meeting said if the grass cutting contract had been properly planned, most of the problems could have been avoided.
"Responsibility lies with Cllr. Ross as it's his job to oversee the service" insisted Coun. Ferriis "However we're pleased he has recognised the need to apologise and now expect him to explain how he will ensure the contract is better managed in future. "Council officers who had to spend time and effort sorting out the grass-cutting problems deserve our thanks ... but they should not have had to do it."
On the 23rd June there was another vote in RBWM, the Sunninghill and South Ascot Ward by-election. We caught up with the Liberal Democrat candidate Tamasin Barnbrook to talk about her experience.
What does being a Liberal Democrat mean to you?
I have been a member on and off since 2010 and have supported the LibDems since I started voting at 18. I chose the party because I felt it best promoted the values of a fair, free & open society which I personally agree with. The Local Party was particularly good at getting this across and at doing things for the local area which to me seems to have more impact on people's lives than national politics. I felt I may be able to do something useful.
Wokingham Liberal Democrats attended that March for Europe in London this weekend. This was a protest in hope that the government would not invoke Article 50 and start the Unitied Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU.
Recently the hashtag #mysticclegg has been trending on twitter because of an article Nick Clegg wrote, with incredible foresight, concerning the referendum and its fallout.
Many articles have been doing the rounds and the internet is getting excited about this isolated event. However, mystic Clegg has been a 'thing' for a good while.
A huge thank you to all our members who were engaged actively in this referendum. We were out canvassing in the rain, we held camp in high streets and stations and we made a difference and, even though it might not seem like it, we won. The Royal Borough voted to Remain. The figures were Remain 44,086 to Leave 37,706. It wasn't enough, but we are so proud that we got out there getting people engaged. For us that's the British spirit, fighting for decent values no matter the odds. Getting our feet on the ground and walking round to people to get them talking.
Local Lib Dems are stressing the importance of securing a positive vote to remain in the EU in the referendum on Thursday June 23.
Here are 5 things we are doing to make a difference right now.
A team led by Antony Wood has been out leafleting and knocking on doors in various areas of Windsor with two clear messages. First, on a whole range of issues more is to be gained than lost by continuing to work with partners within the EU. These issues include protecting jobs, exports and our environment, and tackling crime and terrorism. Second, it is important that as many people as possible get out to vote.
Catherine Bearder, a Liberal Democrat MEP vistied Wokingham this Saturday to talk to residents about the EU Referendum.
Local Liberal Democrats, who were supporting the #StrongerIN and the #INTogether campaigns in Wokingham Town Market Place were talking to residents about reasons why we should vote on the 23rd June to support the UK staying in the EU.
A new consultation document from the Conservative led Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have confirmed claims made by Local Liberal Democrats six years ago about the locations the Conservatives had in mind for Green Belt development.
Back in 2008 a headline in our Windsor Focus leaflets read "Secret Green Belt Development plans" and was accompanied by pictures of three sites we believed the Conservatives were considering. At the time Conservatives branded the content's of this leaflet as lies, however they refused to disclose their plans.