Archive | July 5, 2017

Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Japan

Want ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ as your ringtone? Here you go

Oh Jeremy Corbyn

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The ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ chant, to the tune of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, has become a phenomenon across the country, much to the annoyance of Tories (red and blue).

First heard at Tranmere Rovers’ football ground when Corbyn spoke to the Wirral Live music festival, it spread to Glastonbury, where it was sung by hundreds of thousands of festival-goers and has been sung by similar numbers of people on protests – and even during England cricket matches.

Things have got so ‘bad’ that the organisers of Wimbledon felt the need to ban it from their tennis tournament. Can’t have people being put off their £2-a-strawberry snacks or whatever.

The SKWAWKBOX has had a number of people asking whether there’s a ringtone of the chant, so we made one for you, taken from its original manifestation at Wirral Live. Just save this to your phone and set it…

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Tories warned 4 yrs ago of systemic fire risk – plan to RELAX planning regs

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Lincolnshire councillor – both district and county – Charmaine Morgan sits on her council’s planning committee. In 2013, she wrote to the Tory then-Undersecretary of State for Planning, Nick Boles, to raise serious concerns about systemic problems with planning processes that were putting lives at risk.

At risk from fire.

Ms Morgan highlighted huge problems with the way that planning applications are assessed and approved:

  • that planning committees are not required by law to consult with fire brigade officers on the fire safety of buildings when considering applications
  • that this can result in inadequate water supply, lack of space for fire engines to access fire scenes and buildings too tall for firefighters to reach effectively – at least the last two of these were identified as deadly problems at Grenfell Tower
  • massive variations in the methodology and quality of planning application assessment between councils
  • that even where sprinklers are…

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