Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Yesterday in blogland

Following Jonathan Calder's challenge and Mark Valladares's acceptance, here are this blog's recollections of 19th Octobers past:

http://ffrancsais.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-fight-for-openness.html spotlighted a Bill for more transparency. A year later, and a commission set up by the Conservative government is widely expected to recommend curbs on the Freedom Of Information Act.

In 2013, I remarked the anniversary of a patent ruling in the US, now largely forgotten but important in its day.

In 2012, I was silent for a few days after 18th October, but 22nd October saw a post about paranoia on the part of the ANC and the first mention here of a certain Mr Coetzee (but with the wrong forename).

2011 saw another gap on the 19th, but the 20th called for an in/out referendum on the EU. A post later in the month has resonance today, drawing attention as it does to Peter Black's praise for LibDem backbenchers attempting to reverse Labour's cuts to legal aid.

"Labour short of capable English MPs?" was the question in 2010.

Scoundrels were advised to start blogs in 2009, thanks to Amit Varma.

As we are discussing TTIP, which promises to raise quality standards across North America and the EU, and as we are just over a year away from an EU referendum, it is appropriate that the first 19th October entry of this blog is about progress on consumer rights across the EU.

A scan of the Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats blog in 2007 reminds us that we are in the week of the eighth anniversary of the Gwyn Hall fire.

The year before saw two postings: one on the Labour government continuing the Conservatives' dirty work on post offices, and another welcoming Tata's takeover of Corus.

Finally, I cannot resist reposting a reply I posted on CIX in October 2005:

> I suspect that your memory of the cuddly nature of "one nation"
> conservative govts is growing more rosy with time.

My memory is of the "one-nation" administration started by Churchill in 
1951 and finishing with Macmillan. I can find fault with many aspects - 
Eden's military adventure, Macmillan's compromising with special interests 
over steel investment and the lack of investment in rail transport. Also, 
at the end, the corruption which seems to be inevitable with any 
long-running administration destroyed it from within.

But that Tory government maintained the NHS and education at the public 
expense (the system which Butler had created in 1944). It introduced the 
Clean Air Acts and did more for public housing than Labour had achieved.
Nor did it sell the family silver, in Macmillan's later phrase about 

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