THE CROWDS WALKING to Queen’s Gardens from all sides of the city reminded me of the tide of humanity you see converging on KC Stadium for a rugby or Hull City match. It was packed, over a thousand people there apparently, and quietly good humoured through the live music before the warm-up speeches - and finally Jeremy himself. The best thing about his speech was the total absence of abuse, rudeness or criticism of the sort he and Momentum are subjected to all the time. He was courteous and generous (praising the PLP for 22 parliamentary successes against the Tories) and was serious, sober and sincere. He talked about inequalities of income, health and life chances, education, housing, university tuition fees and the need for investment all over the country, conveying a positive hopeful determined spirit about what a Labour government needs to care about and do. Uplifting, inspiring
Making it less easy for migrants
UK refugee law allows refuge to children who prove a well founded fear of persecution or human rights abuse. But they cannot then bring their parents. They have to watch them, from the other side of the world, live or die in the conditions from which they fled.
Massive Pro-Corbyn Rally in Brighton and Hove as Left sweeps to victory in AGM
Brighthelm Community Centre has a very large hall. I have never previously seen seen it so full. This was probably the largest meeting it has ever held. Not only was the hall jam packed solid, as you will see from the photographs but so was the café area at its rear, so much so that people were spilling out on the streets.
Roads closed in Liverpool city centre to cope with huge Corbyn rally
Police had to close roads surrounding St George’s Plateau in the centre of Liverpool city as a rally in support of Jeremy Corbyn attracted huge crowds.
The dog that didn't bark
Sue Lukes reports on a massive change between the 2015 and 2017 general elections
A Hostile Environment
Initiatives are often cheap and effective. One city mayor encouraged city centre shops to put up signs saying “You are welcome to practise your language skills here”. Result: migrants feel welcome in a hitherto largely unexplored centre, their language learning improves and so does their employability and integration; shops get more custom, everyone interacts.