London's Big Ben is finally restored, but the rest of Westminster is threatened by decay.
Visits to the iconic tower have resumed after five years of work. The final cost has more than doubled compared with the initial budget, due to the building's fragile condition caused by German bombing raids of May 1941.
"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
-- Gandalf, FotR, J.R.R. Tolkien
#Westminster Tower was looking pretty stunning in the #sunshine on Tuesday morning this week, as I got to #London for a great day discussing #CharteredSurveying #Apprenticeships with friends and peers from across the industry at the #RICS. The day included some very interesting insights from #IfATE about the strength of #Construction and #Surveying apprenticeships.
The argument about #NationalGrid infrastructure ignores that if more homes were energy independent (solar panels, community wind turbines, energy efficient etc) there would not need to be as many pylons.
That however would also mean people didn’t have to spend their money funding profiteering energy companies.
Yes that helps, So - what Scottish politicians do you admire?
Unless you get more support within your own people north of the border, you waste energy despising those elected to westminster
Don't get me wrong - if I were a #scot I'd be in favour of independence (whatever it does to GDP) - but your ire should be directed at folk up there not #westminster politicians from parties that always have been pro-Union
If > 50% of #scots are in favour of indy it happens - but not unless
I want #Scottishindependence nothing less
So any #westminster party that refuses another ref is mute to me...
hope that clarifies things for you...
I woke at a decent hour and checked on the kids. Meditated and slept a little more. Had deep and thoughtful conversations with Alli and felt close.
I am *very* grateful that we've had a #FirstMinister in post these last few years in #Wales who compares very favourably against the chorus of clowns we've had in charge at #Westminster.
Watch any of the televised #COVID briefings and tell me you'd rather have had #Johnson, #Truss or #Sunak addressing the Welsh nation.
The one on the left is the (glove puppet) Scottish #Toryparty leader: 🇬🇧
The other is the (glove puppet) Scottish #Labourparty leader:🇬🇧
Second or third day in a row I've tackled this hill! 3miles today :)
"The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
I'm am thankful for family & friends.
I am thankful for Knight (my cat)
I am thankful that I survived addiction.
I am thankful for my life.
I am thankful for the opportunity to turn my life into a gift for others.
I am thankful.
Act Now on MP’s Second Jobs
Tory Government has scrapped pledge to restrict #MPs’ second jobs
This gives the green light to more sleaze in #Westminster
We call for limits to how much MPs can spend working in second jobs, & how much they can earn. We also need a strict ban of any second jobs that involve covert lobbying.
This is absolutely depressing and funny at the same time!
#Westminster our sovereign government - haven't got a fu**ing clue about us here.
They use the wrong flag for starters and that is Scottish dancing being represented there not Irish dancing.
BBC News - Downing Street deletes post about Northern Ireland with Irish flag
Our bluejay mascot is shown on a baseball hat, also available on 100+ made to order products and with the Blue Jay mascot playing a variety of sports too
So the majority of our elected representatives in WM think we shouldn't call for a ceasefire? How many more children should die before they change their minds? How many hospitals destroyed, people made homeless, crops burned? What will it take?
Thousands are currently participating in a massive protest for Palestine at Westminster Parliament, UK.
Dawn Butler MP was suspended from Commons for calling PM Johnson a liar. She was right, he IS a liar.
Dennis Skinner MP was suspended from Commons for calling PM Cameron "Dodgy Dave". He was right. Lord Cameron of Greensill IS dodgy.
Our system stinks. Why are we so fussy about language in parliament yet allow all sorts of unprincipled Old Etonians into Downing St.?
David Cameron: Seine Rückkehr zeigt, wie ernst die Lage ist
🆕 How Westminster Works…and why it doesn’t: Ian Dunt’s book review | @charliemac2204
A book that paints a detailed picture of the paucity of governance at Westminster
@UndisScot This is valid. Actual history.
Nevertheless, I have always found it a great example of priorities in #Scotland that we have built a house for a rock whilst #Homelessness is rife and the #Homeless are targeted and criminalised for being made homeless by those better off than them.
It SHOULD be.
A new Scottish republic and a clean slate will give us the best chance of getting it right for the majority.
Looking forward to hearing our WFI sister and National Committee member Suzanne McLaughlin joining the discussions on this topic on 12th November! 👇👇👇
Westminster Abbey London England Vaulted Ceiling
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England.
@alistairgbarron couldn't agree more. The #Holyrood party has to be a party of government, which means they have to actually govern and have policies. Some government decisions will inevitably be unpopular, and some policies will be divisive.
The same party cannot do both.
Close Associate of roman abramovich Key Partner of UK Parliamentary Group
In the West, sergey ratukhin calls himself sergey young, and portrays himself as a successful venture capital investor in bio-technology companies
Big Ben Palace of Westminster London BW
The Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
But they could evolve towards a better system: it would be just a matter of changing norms and rules to make the Speaker of the House of Representatives a neutral figure who ensures the rules of order are followed; then the House could return to business.
Since when do billionaires have the best interests of the ordinary people at heart? We have had enough of #Westminster pandering to the ultra-rich. (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-starmer-blackrock-support-fink-b2432113.html
A statement from the Scottish greens on the ongoing situation in Israel & Palestine is quoted below. Make no mistake: The Scottish government stands against apartheid. Glasgow stands against apartheid. Sectarianism and racism are unacceptable. Crimes against humanity are unacceptable. Dehumanising refugees is unacceptable. We stand apart from Westminster because we value all lives and don’t engage in hierarchical prejudice.
"The brutal murder of innocent Israeli civilians by Hamas does not justify the murder of innocent Palestinians by Israel. The bombing campaign in Gaza is immoral, illegal and indefensible.
"Palestinian and Israeli lives are of equal value, but the UK government has thrown its support behind Israel's siege of Gaza, a war crime which has already resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian children.
"With the apparently deliberate bombing of civilian targets, and with water, electricity and food shut off by Israel, we are witnessing the collective punishment of an already vulnerable civilian population, one forced by Israel to live in the world's largest open-air prison since 2006.
"The Israeli government knows the devastating consequences of its actions on the million children living in Gaza. We can all see it. These children are not Hamas and their deaths will not make Israel any safer.
"Despite growing international calls for a ceasefire, senior Israeli Ministers have made it clear that they are willing to escalate their breaches of international law into a full blown campaign of ethnic cleansing against the people of Gaza.
"We cannot allow that to happen. 2 million Palestinians cannot be made to suffer for the crimes of Hamas.
"Western governments have a choice to make. The Tories and the Labour leadership have given uncritical support to Israel's bombing campaign, regardless of the terrible human cost and the war crimes already clearly being committed.
"In contrast, Scotland's First Minister has shown incredible moral leadership despite the awful situation faced by his own family. The Scottish Greens echo his condemnation of the crime of collective punishment and urge the UK Government to push for an immediate ceasefire.
“This cycle of violence cannot be halted with more violence. Only an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and and a negotiated agreement which respects the right of both peoples to safety and security will do that.”
The spectacular Westminster Abbey London England
#WestminsterAbbey #London #England #Westminster #Abbey #cathedral #church #architecture #londonEngland #Hiking #Getoutside #travel #Autumn #Fall #travelphotography #landscapephotography #buyintoart #Ayearforart
An extraordinary performance by Paterson Joseph and Ben Park, reveals the incredible life of Charles Ignatius #Sancho in Georgian London. Sancho lived close to #Westminster, ran a shop, a writer and composed music and was probably the first #African known to have voted in a British parliamentary #election. Tuesday, 24 October 2023 at London Metropolitan Archives #LMA #CharlesIgnatiusSancho
It's always been the same. Anywhere outside of the #Tories heartlands is always an afterthought.
The fight we had to turn around the deprivation the north face was Titanic!
Hadn't you noticed mate?
#London always comes first.
As long as our football teams were still allowed to compete in the #PremierLeague I don't think the Capital would even notice we'd left! 🙄
🚨 #Tory big beasts Cameron, Doris & it's own infrastructure Tsar turn on Rishi Sunak’s ‘Insane’ plan to SCRAP HS2! 🚨
Opinion: What happened to leveling up? 🤔
On page 105, #Labour go on to meddling in the organisation of local government in Scotland. That is very clearly a devolved matter. If a #Labour government in #Westminster so much as whisper about it, that is rolling back devolution.
It should be noted that Scotland's overlarge local government areas are a product of previous #Labour gerrymandering, solely aimed at creating jobs for their boys.
Yes, we need reform -- but we will do it ourselves, thank you.
"The new “solidarity clause” under which each of the UK's governments will be committed to work together" [page 102]
How is that not a rolling back of devolution, and a reclaiming of power by the centre?
Simple majority in both houses of #Westminster will be sufficient to override the 'new, strengthened Sewel Convention', which means this 'strengthened' protection is no protection at all. [page 104]
H/t to @kim_harding for sharing this story of perhaps the least qualified person ever to become a member of the House of Lords: Charlotte Owen
#UKpol #UK #politics #HouseOfLords #BorisJohnson #Westminster
A land of concentration camps, e coli infested rivers and where the government is so keen to pretend away a pandemic that they'll deny the public up to date vaccines for #COVID this winter because that would be admitting it hasn't 'gone away'
And nobody in #Westminster wants to fix any of it, we just aren't worth the effort it seems.
anyone in #denver, #golden, #lakewood, #westminster or #boulder willing to trade #joints for old #laptops? we will install #Linux on them, put TRASH #MAGIC servers on them, and distribute them for free to whoever wants them! Also, if you don't want joints you can have #cardboard cubes or #synthesizers made of trash!
ideally I want machines with a USB A port, that's how I know how to do an install.
#boost and hopefully we can find our waste streams!
King #Charles to receive Scottish crown jewels
Time you got the balls to leave big brother, guys.....the rest of the #Empire is long gone, leaving just you as the mugs
I long for #independence but you’d think for a nation that feels neglected by its central govt would do better in preventing the same apathy but a govt in #Holyrood feels just as far away & out of touch as #westminster.
The challenges & responsibilities of the islands’ councils heavily outweigh those of their mainland counterparts. Things like devolving a tourist tax to councils are minuscule in what is needed to equip those Govts in delivering for & retaining their residents. #politics
The alternative models cited were of crown dependency such as Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey or of the Faroe Islands within Denmark & also talked of exploring their nordic connection.
Today multiple papers have printed rubbish like this, it’s dismissive n attempts to humiliate those trying to fix our broken politics.
Now that we have official confirmation that #BorisTheLiar is, in fact, a liar. I will wait for the Parliament to offer an official apology to #IanBlackford who was removed from the Chamber after calling #BorisJohnson, who is a proven liar, a Liar.
Anything to cling to the capitalist #StatusQuo they allege to loathe.
If you want an example of the different 'logic' of life inside the #westminster village (so-called) & life in the real world outside, it would be top #Tories being convinced if they just continue to play hardball a little longer the general public (#voters) will turn on the #nurses... but actually, the opposite seems to be happening; the public realising the fairness of the need for a #NursesPayRiseNow are turning on the Tories;
out of touch politicians misread the public mood at their peril!
Hope those of you who like #London may enough this scene I did about a year ago. It combines one of my favorite cities and rainy night art which I love doing. And it works for #ValentinesDay as well. LOL
As always your shares boosts or any other support is appreciated. ❤️ #SupportSmall
(1) It is demoralising to see how trusted and highly experienced experts on equality and providers of services to women have been drowned out in this debate and denigrated for standing against misinformation".