Friday, March 21, 2014

What the Fox?

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In 2004, the Hunting Act was passed which made hunting with dogs for sport illegal in England and Wales. Ever since then those that have wanted to keep hunting have campaigned for a repeal, or overturn, of the ban.

Even though the Coalition Agreement includes a promise for a free vote to repeal the Act, the Government seems intent on amending the Act using a Statutory Instrument (SI), a type of legislation that can be used to push changes through Parliament with less scrutiny than a full vote on repeal would require.

David Cameron knows that a straight vote to repeal the hunting ban would fail in Parliament. Amending an Act is much easier than attempting to overturn it and an abuse of the democratic process. If the SI is approved, this will essentially overturn the ban on hunting wild mammals with dogs, something we cannot allow to happen.

Please contact your MP today and urge them to vote against this devious attempt to bring back cruelty.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What Should Be George Osborne’s Budget Drink?

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By tradition, the Chancellor, unlike Ministers at the despatch box at any other time of the year, may drink alcohol during the Budget speech. George Osborne has previously chosen to drink mineral water, as did the previous Chancellor Alistair Darling. Now George is running for leader he may want a more populist tipple next week…

Past Chancellors have chosen mineral water (Gordon Brown), whisky (Kenneth Clarke), spritzer (Nigel Lawson), gin and tonic (Geoffrey Howe), brandy and water (Benjamin Disraeli) and sherry and beaten egg (William Ewart Gladstone). The bookies will be giving odds next week, vote on what you reckon George should drink…

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Osborne: Breaking the Budget

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To mark the 2013 budget George Osborne joined Twitter, with his first tweet being a picture of himself at his desk with his red box. What gem will he offer up this year? A picture of his cat? Another burger?  Or perhaps something entirely new?

As Osborne speaks on Wednesday, around him MPs in the Chamber will be tweeting their instant reaction to what he is saying. Journalists will be picking out key announcements and offering immediate analysis before the Chancellor has even sat down.

Or perhaps before he’s even stood up… (remember this?)

This is for good reason too: for many observers, social media represents the only medium through which they will receive updates on the Budget Statement – making it vital for MPs and commentators to spread their messages, viewpoints and campaign slogans as the battleground for the 2015 election heats up.

It is now impossible to ignore what is being said on social media if you want to stay on top of the latest events. For many journalists and politicians Twitter is now the place they choose to break news, before they’ve published it anywhere else.

It has been our aim developing Yatterbox to get the key social media posts (from politicians and over 20,000 UK journalists) to you as quickly as possible. It is free to sign up and create alerts tailored to your brand and its key issues. For more in-depth research you can also search through our database or download analytical reports.

Sign up before Wednesday and follow the drama live with Yatterbox – the easiest way to track what politicians and journalists are saying online.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WATCH: John Bishop Narrates The Adventures of HS2

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John Bishop lets us know why it’s time to shunt HS2 up the Junction. Find out the facts behind the film here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Do UKIP Really Believe in Straight Talking?

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Nigel Farage presents UKIP as the “straight talking” party, but do they really talk as much sense as they make out? The Spin Alley investigates.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Time to Amend the Lobbying Bill

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The Harries Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement has proposed a string of recommendations to amend part 2 of the Bill, which addresses non-party campaigning. In its current form, the Bill risks undermining legitimate democratic engagement by significantly limiting the right of organisations – from charities and community groups to think tanks and blog sites – to speak out on some of the most important issues facing their communities, the country and the planet.

But today an alliance of more than 80 of the UK’s most recognisable charities, from the Countryside Alliance to the League Against Cruel Sports; the Christian Institute to the National Secular Society, are united in their support of the recommendations of the Harries’ Commission.

The Commission was set up during a pause in the legislation’s passage through the Lords. Today, it recommends a package of measures the Government must adopt to improve the legislation and ensure that our flourishing civil society not be restricted in its ability to campaign in the year of an election. Read the Commission’s recommendations here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Plan For a Quieter Heathrow Expansion

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Heathrow drives the economic competitiveness of London and the South East. Its uniquely attractive catchment area, in turn a result of Heathrow’s connectivity, results in Heathrow’s airlines flying more premium seats per aircraft than any other major hub. The Thames Valley is home to the European headquarters of ten of the top 30 global brands: an economic powerhouse dependent on access to global markets.

We at Heathrow Hub believe that our scheme has significant advantages over every other proposal under consideration.

Heathrow Hub is an integrated air and rail facility which would double the number of Heathrow’s available aircraft slots, allowing more flights while also reducing delays and improving the airport’s resilience and efficiency. The extra capacity could reduce noise impacts by reducing the airport’s opening hours, allowing early morning arrivals to land two miles further west (reducing noise over much of London). It also creates opportunities for noise mitigation, by allowing some slots to be used to facilitate runway alternation, and would be compatible with innovative noise reduction techniques like quieter approaches and steeper climb-outs. Crucially, few (if any) new areas will be brought into the airport’s noise footprint. The scheme would also be cost effective: the cost and the airport user charges would be much lower than that of any other new airport. It would also be entirely privately funded.

The scheme involves extending both of the existing runways up to a total length of about 7,000 metres and dividing them so that they each provides two, full-length, runways, allowing simultaneous take-offs and landings. It also includes a new passenger interchange immediately north of Terminal 5, directly connecting the airport with the M25 motorway, Crossrail, the Great Western Main Line and, as an option, an alternative HS2 route via the airport.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Libertarians: V for Vendetta Special Showing Tonight

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What better way to get ready for Guy Fawkes night than a special showing of V for Vendetta. The Guy Newsroom will be popping down to the Bowler pub in Clerkenwell at 6pm this evening so come down if you are around. The film starts at 7 and there will be free drinks courtesy of the EzyOrder app. Get your ticket here.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

News Outlets No Longer Break News

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News outlets no longer break news: politicians, journalists and bloggers have jump-started the digital political communications revolution.

Even David ‘too many tweets makes a twat’ Cameron’s latest government reshuffle took place entirely on the government’s @number10gov account. Elsewhere commentators in the know provided round-the-clock updates, meaning the entire reshuffle could be tracked, analysed and digested from the moment rumours became fact.

Anyone worth hearing in the political sphere is talking across social media platforms. And in a world where an Opposition leader can wipe billions of pounds off an industry’s worth with a single statement, the value of missing out on what a key MP or journalist says online can’t be ignored.
Step forward Yatterbox, a free social media monitoring service that identifies and tracks key influencers and commentators who impact your organisation and its reputation.

Yatterbox’s fully customisable alerts system ensures you stay ahead of the game when important commentators mention your brand, your issues, or your competitors online. By focusing on key influencers and thought leaders, Yatterbox cuts out the ‘noise’ and only captures conversations relevant to you.

Yatterbox tracks over 4,000 influencers in our system, including Members of Parliament, think tanks, government departments and other key individuals.

Need crisis alerts in case anyone influential criticises your brand? Worried about a political party or a gang of commentators picking on your industry? Want to track the progress of the latest Parliamentary bill? Need to know if your latest campaign is getting traction online with the people who matter? Want to know if an important influencer has ever talked about you or your industry online?

Yatterbox is the one stop shop to ensure the uniformed aren’t left uninformed.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up free for Yatterbox today and put yourself back in control. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

London and the UK – Propelling World Trade

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Shipping, ports and maritime business services are at the heart of the UK economy.  We move 95% of the UK’s international trade, support 537,000 UK jobs, contribute £32bn to GDP and pay £8.5bn in tax – all because the UK is known across the world as the best place to do maritime business.

But that status is under threat. Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong are all aggressively seeking to take that business from us.  If our economy is to thrive, we must not let them.

It is for that reason that Maritime UK, together with other industry partners, is hosting the inaugural London International Shipping Week.

Next week, London will welcome Chairmen, CEOs and senior figures from across the world, operating in every field of maritime business, to see for themselves what makes the UK special.  Ministers from across Government will have the opportunity to listen to, and learn from the investors our economy relies upon.  It is an opportunity that they must take.

Our long and proud history as a maritime nation has provided an unrivalled wealth of expertise, passed on through the generations that no emerging economy could ever hope to replicate.  So it is right that we use our maritime past to create our maritime future.

The world’s largest shipping companies, most innovative port operators, and the most comprehensive list of ship finance, insurance, broking and legal firms are all to be found here – underpinned by a level of expertise, integrity and thought-leadership that cannot be found elsewhere.

But in times past, the UK has been too quiet in promoting its greatest strengths.  London International Shipping Week marks a new chapter, where we openly market ourselves to the world – where we stand together to say we do not just want to compete in the global race, we want to win it.

But if we are to build the environment where winning new investment is possible, we need an end to political point-scoring on taxation, skills and training. Instead, we must develop a mature, cross-party consensus that commits to making the UK the most competitive place in the world.  If that happens, new growth and quality new jobs will follow.  London International Shipping Week, we hope, will begin that process.

By fighting to keep the UK at the heart of international trade, we are doing our part both for the UK economy, and its standing in the world.

The UK is open for maritime business – in the coming days we will prove it.

Keep track of LISW by following us on Twitter or on our website.

Jonathan Roberts
Head of Maritime UK


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

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