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Friday, 27 March 2015


Hot air and silly allegations – but only the voters will suffer

Some concern must be due regarding Southport Conservatives and how they play ridiculous games ‘behind’ the scenes.

On their current Southport Conservative’s site, we may discover a meaningless rant, which was written (10 February 2014) by Tory member, ‘Brian Duckett’.

This is the little man who aspired to be Southport’s Tory MP but failed, for whatever reason. It’s rather hard to comprehend why the Southport Tories would tolerate such a controversial page online that makes several sweeping (and potentially costly) claims.

Mr Duckett seems by be extremely upset about some internet poster called, ‘cherie brandie’. One can only presume that this poster must have deeply disturbed Mr Duckett on-line and that he has just not been able to get over it.

However, Mr Duckett may not have heard about the fun-filled concept of ‘freedom of opinion’, yet I think it is enshrined within article 19 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Naturally, because of Mr Duckett’s ‘True Blue’ Conservative affiliation he is eager to blame his most detested adversary, the Liberal Democrats, for this perceived insult. So presumably, without any evidence given whatsoever, Mr Duckett declares:

“You may find it even more puzzling that I believe the Southport Liberal Democrats to be behind this rather feeble and pathetic attempt to discredit me.”

Belief is NOT fact and what Mr Duckett sees as an attempt to “discredit” him may simply be an honest opinion from another person. That puts us right back to good old article 19. 

So we find it “puzzling” do we?

Well no, in fact we find it rather childish that an unsuccessful political wannabe can rant off like this on the ‘official’ Conservative site at will against another person who he THINKS is plucking at his feathers.  

Mr Duckett then blabbers out more unsubstantiated opinions when he says:
“Even more bizarrely, I understand that 'cherie brandie' is, in fact, a local councillor.”

Again we get the same misdirection. He “understands” but he does not KNOW! Mr Duckett then adds the following.

“For me, though, this bizarre behaviour from the Southport Lib Dems worries me not one bit. That fact that it makes the Lib Dems look so desperate can only be good for the Conservatives. But I do feel quite sorry for John Pugh, who must be thoroughly ashamed of his team.”

We can observe that Duckett has now gone from ‘believing’ and ‘understanding’ that someone who up tipped his boat is unmistakably a Libdem “councillor”. Consequently, without any boring old evidence and running off at the mouth on what appears to be pure tittle-tattle Mr Duckett has started his (very strange) crusade and spit his dummy at another political party, who may very well be totally ‘innocent’ of his wild allegations.

He failed however to say ‘who’ he is referring to in all this baloney and so his missive can be seen as nothing more than a feeble attempt to get growing internal frustration off his chest. It may also be seen as a rather nasty cheap shot to ‘do down’ another political party.

Dirty politics like this are so very counter-productive and belong in the school yard. What must genuine Conservative voters really think about such trickery in their party? Nevertheless, we may rightly ask who exactly in the Southport Tory party has allowed this dangerously irresponsible rant to remain online.

Terry’s Tory Tape Recording – the common denominator?

There is in fact a common denominator between Mr Duckett and ‘another’ Tory herein, with regards to allegations against others.

Has Ainsdale’s Cllr Terry Jones got input into this Duckett issue?

Jones has recently made an undisclosed tape recording of his heated communication with a resident concerning similar allegations, which again are unsubstantiated to our knowledge.  He also resorted to similar unchecked activity within the Southport press.

Will Cllr Jones give us a taste of his conduct and reveal this tape or will he continue to conceal it from Southport residents? If he is going to make allegations then he MUST be able to substantiate them!

 Mr Duckett showed similar and quite bitter aggravation towards Ainsdale residents that he disliked a while back, subsequent to him being mentioned within a brief article.

Mr Duckett was in fact so frustrated at the time that he insulted my family (whilst under the guise of the poster, ‘True Blue’).

Terry Jones also joined Mr Duckett in attacking my family as we have seen before when he threatened us with Conservative legal action, which naturally fell flat on its face.

With such a peculiar attitude to Southport residents, it is quite a relief that this man failed to engineer himself into a position to be an MP. Heaven help us all if his boat had actually landed! Amusing also it was that Mr Duckett’s article was entitled... 

Bizarre behaviour from local internet 'trolls'

How fitting when Duckett uses the internet to insult local Ainsdale families under the alias of ‘True Blue’.  Something about stones and glass houses springs to mind.

The entire situation is rather comical, but the only people who suffer from such political shenanigans will be the poor voters. Just what are Southport Tories playing at today? They appear to be doing little or nothing for residents. Their supporters have been let down badly, so is it not high time they finally voiced an opinion rather than letting these clowns get away with it!

Tories in tantrums should therefore...


Friday, 20 March 2015


I briefly mentioned the celestial events in my last UFO Digest article that were expected today, 20 March 2015. These were of course the Solar Eclipse, Spring Equinox and the Supermoon.

The solar event was almost spoiled by thickening cloud yet as readers can see in England we did manage to have some success with the cameras.

The temperature dropped to a chilly 5 degrees celsius in my Southport location and the birds did appear somewhat confused, as the morning gradually darkened.

Once again the doom and gloom merchants were proved wrong as we are still here and the day is already brightening up.

In fact these wonderful celestial events would seem to be a beneficial sign of increasing light on all levels.

As the Romans would have said...

“Hail Sol – the great life bringer!” 


Thank to Rebecca from the Southport Visiter for uploading some of my shots ..

Monday, 16 March 2015



Ainsdale Conservative apathy reached new heights during the successful fight to keep Brookdale (Woodvale’s dementia facility) open. 

Politicians from both Labour and Liberal Democratic groups arrived to show strong support for the campaign. 

The fight back was initiated by locals/families who were deeply concerned for the continuation of the centre, following outrageous council threats of closure. 

However, Ainsdale Ward Tory councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill never came near the campaign or the facility.

Their interest was in fact - ZERO!

A local Brookdale campaigner stated.

“We have had really good support during this hard battle from Labour and the Libdem people. They have been visiting the place regularly and seeing what they can do to help, yet Conservative councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill, have been totally invisible and never came anywhere near the fight. It has been stated that they are, ‘Dementia – unfriendly’ and in this instance this is a true fact. In the end we won the fight so these two Tories were not even needed, but it would have been nice to know they actually had some compassion for the families suffering under the axe of closure. They let us all down badly.”

Some politicians appear to care about their community, whilst others do not!

Woodvale, in Ainsdale Southport, remains as one classic example of this truth!

What do we pay them for? 

Sunday, 15 March 2015


Duke's Ward Tory, Cllr David Barton, has been invisible for some time following his controversial activity of self-promotion at Southport's Remembrance Day event.

Barton has however now resurfaced, like a struggling U-Boat skipper, in a Champion  article concerning cleaning up the town centre in which he is quoted...

I have to agree that a clean environment is most "beneficial" to our wellbeing  and that is one reason why a number of us residents in Woodvale have been seeking to get the place cleaned up and improved for the local elderly residents as well.

Sadly our best efforts (supported by Libdem councillor, Haydn Preece, and Candidate Lynne Thompson) have been largely thwarted, thanks to blocks by the two Ainsdale Conservative councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill.

It is commonly accepted by locals that these lacklustre politicians have been more than reluctant to help because proposals to improve the area did 'not' come from them. Basically, they have given the widespread impression that it's a case of ...  It was not our idea so get stuffed - don't call us, we'll call you!

Woodvale's dilapidated Sandbrook Way Precinct remains in a state of increasing decay - so it would seem that these Ainsdale Tories do fail to share much similarity to Cllr Barton's alleged concern for residents or the local environment in their ward.


More recently, amazing Ainsdale Tory apathy was witnessed during our successful fight to keep Brookdale (dementia facility) open. The plain fact was that Councillor Jones and Hartill never even bothered to show their faces to support the wonderful facility. They are invisible!

Of course this brief yet accurate analysis may once again invoke the wrath (hollow legal threats etc) of Tory chief, Terry Jones, but facts speak for themselves.

Telling the truth upsets some, but that is the way it always is! 

Essentially Ainsdale Tory councillors  have left Woodvale and its needy residents to simply rot!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Pat Regan, Southport Fly Fishers (SFF) regular, takes the Trophy again and two fine anglers receive very well-earned honours

Above from left:  Frank Porter, Pat Regan and John Wilkins.

Long - standing Southport fly fishing experience second to none

Pat Regan has won the best bag limit (trout) trophy three years in succession. This is the sixth time Pat has won this fly fishing trophy

Moreover, Southport Fly Fishers (SFF) has created a new class of ‘Honorary Membership’ for Frank Porter (club member since 1980 and our longest serving member) and John Wilkins (club member since 1983). These fine members have worked unstintingly  over many seasons for SFF. 

Above: the winning catch 

One of the excellent trophy trout from last summer on fly

The winning weight for the three fish limit was 9 lbs (2.5 lb, 3 lb and 3.5 lb) and they were taken one bright day in April 2014.

SFF  club have a waiting list and with fishing on the Lune, Hodder, Welsh Dee, Yarrow in addition to a 2.5 acre lake,  this makes very good value.  Anyone interested in joining the SFF can contact John Smith (Secretary) at:

Alternatively, they can write to John at:  'Glifhadia', Leyland Lane, Leyland PR26 8LB.

Last year's trophy  news... 

Friends of Brookdale - Celebration Time!

Following official confirmation that our lightning - strike campaign to save the Brookdale Resource Centre in Woodvale, Southport, was successful it was celebrations all around

It was simply 'not right' or logical that Sefton Council had originally planned to close this essential specialist, dementia - care centre and a great many people agreed with us.

Friends of Brookdale wish to thank everyone who helped to make a difference.

We reiterate our sincere thanks to everyone who supported this wonderful and successful health care campaign... 

Looking after good neighbours is never a task,  but an honour gladly undertaken. 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Friends of Brookdale at Southport Town Hall, 26 February 2015

2,028 signature strong petition

Friends of Brookdale today attended a Cabinet Meeting of the Council to put forward the 2,028 signature strong petition to keep the Brookdale Resource Centre open.

Many of the campaigners arrived to show a united objection to the original proposal to close the centre. Lindsay Scott gave an excellent five minute speech to put forward everyone’s concerns and reasons for it to stay open.

Above: Friends of Brookdale pictured at Town Hall with Cllr Liz Savage (blue coat)

Although Cllr Peter Dowd said there had been a U-turn to the original proposals, we felt it was still important that our voice was heard. There was another petition also put in by another person, to state discontent with the consultation process. The councillors in the Cabinet meeting voted in agreement with Cllr Dowd that the Brookdale Resource Centre was indeed to stay open.

The meeting was very highly charged and emotional as a lot of people in the ‘audience’ wanted to speak and were not allowed to due to the regulations of the council. Cllr Dowd said he will continue to liaise with Friends of Brookdale on its future.

Friends of Brookdale campaigners were ‘over the moon’ at the result today but will not completely feel safe until after the budget meeting on the 5 March 2015.

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