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Friday, 20 April 2018

Blocked but now you want my vote?

Open response to Ainsdale Tory Candidate, Tony Brough, from Pat Regan

Dear Mr Brough

Thank you for the invitation to vote for you and your Tory colleagues.  

I must say however, that for pressing reasons (as below) I may sadly have to decline your offer.

Are you aware that your colleague, Cllr Terry Jones, absurdly threatened my family with legal action some time ago? 

Following my reply, Jones was given fair opportunity to respond yet oddly he chose to stay hidden and stay silent? Kindly examine the following news link… 

Southport family threatened with “Legal Action” by Tory leader

ots-regan clansouthport ots onthespot ots

Mr Brough, are you aware that for some inexplicable reason I am blocked by Southport Conservatives from seeing their Twitter?  I presume that this was punishment for daring to stand up to Cllr Jones and other Tories who supported him?

You state in you letter  – “Only a strong Conservative team can make real progress.” 

You will hopefully forgive me for seeing your claim as ineffectual, due to your colleague’s outrageous and childish actions. 

Your claims for a “strong Conservative team” are again proved somewhat futile when we look at previous significant Southport Tory failures. 

Southport election 2016 – Tories hammered into the ground under questionable leadership

In my area, Ainsdale Conservatives went out of their way to block plans to aid residents. Did you fail to notice this? I only ask as you lived, I believe, very close to the Sandbrook Way area at the time of this amazing fiasco. 

Damien Moore MP (a politician that you endorse) has been approached several times about the following childcare outrage and unfortunately failed to provide any reasonable response.

A thousand nurseries close as Tory ‘free’ childcare scheme fails

Moreover, Mr Moore has been accused of “heavy-handed censorship” after blocking many constituents from his social media accounts and deleting their comments. 

My teenage son who has autism tells me that he also wrote to Mr Moore and was simply ignored.

While I appreciate that much of the above may have little to do with you, it is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Are you aware of all the problems previously highlighted involving Southport Tories? There are many other issues that I could highlight as well, wherein the Conservatives have failed badly in this town. 

I’m afraid that your ‘Vote for Me’ letter has not persuaded me that anything has changed regarding the ramshackle and frankly bizarre gathering that is quaintly known as the Southport Conservatives.

You state that Southport only has “two Conservative councillors.”  

Due to the above concerns and numerous other grave reservations, I am very surprised that they have any councillors at all.

Another small example of Ainsdale Tory apathy was during the hard – won fight to save the Brookdale Resource Centre. Ainsdale Tories were never to be seen.


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

Politicians from both Labour and Liberal Democratic camps arrived to show strong support for the campaign. The fight back was initiated by locals/families who were profoundly concerned for the continuation of the centre, following despicable Sefton Council threats of closure.

However, Ainsdale Ward’s councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill never came anywhere near the campaign or the facility. They showed zero interest!

NB. these OTS News article links remain online because they are true, easily substantiated, 100% accurate and not simply opinion.

My own conviction has always been to help any politician, regardless of party, who can truly help the people and local environment. Ainsdale Tories have failed miserably in recent years on this particular score.

Some of us who are aware of such things ask you sincerely - "Why would we ever vote for more of the same? "  

Like the rest of Southport, Ainsdale needs more assistance. However, backing the wrong political horse will not help any of us in this capacity.

Nevertheless, thank you for giving me this opportunity to broach a few issues that 'should' sincerely concern you in your personal quest for political success. 

Kind regards

Pat Regan 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Hesketh Park Southport – how it was

A tribute to a dedicated, time-served, Southport gardener who knew his stuff better than most

My father, Bill Regan, was the Head Gardener at Hesketh Park in Southport for around 50 years.

When I was a boy, dad would take me around the park in the 1960s when he was working in the conservatory and the big greenhouses. His great love of nature was handed down to all his four sons.

Above: Hesketh Park conservatory and the lake today.

Above: Head Gardener, Bill Regan in the conservatory in 1956

Above: Bill Regan (second left) with fellow gardeners during the 1930s

Above: Park staff in September 1935.

WW2 ensured that Bill was packed off to war to combat the Nazis during the 1940s. Unlike many others, he survived and returned to the park.

Dad retired in 1977 from his lengthy park duties.

Above: this was the last photo of dad and I. It was taken on the same cold winter's day in 1977 that he died. He passed on leaving a legacy of great, ‘hands-on’ care in the old park

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Curse of the Rip-Off Cowboy Gardeners

Cash-hungry cowboy gardeners are nothing new. As austerity bites deeper, garden work is an area that more than ever is ripe for manipulation by the less trustworthy.

Quotations for jobs, which are questionably low, frequently indicate that something is wrong.

The gardening cowboys, who are often untrained and uninsured, use every trick in the book to fleece home owners out of their hard-earned cash. It is often worth getting several quotations if there is a vast discrepancy in prices. Later add-on fees are not uncommon in the cowboy world. Some of these clowns have little understanding about how to professionally manage their staff. This failing is evident by the way in which their workers frequently leave after unusually short stays of employment.

Were YOU treated unfairly by a cowboy employer? 

Workers do have rights yet some are unaware of them. Have you had a dispute or been treated unfairly, via working for a cowboy firm?

For tree surgery, the Arboriculture Association has a list of approved contractors. 

Unlike the cowboys, responsible contractors pay an annual fee (having been meticulously vetted) and the association has a disputes resolution service. Nevertheless, even experienced tree operators can meet with tragedy.

‘The coroner has advised of the death of a tree surgeon on 23rd November 2016 and issued a ‘Report to prevent further deaths’ under Regulation 28 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013. The deceased was an experienced tree surgeon. Whilst carrying out work the tree surgeon fell approximately 50ft from a conifer tree. The tree surgeon’s life line and flip line were not attached in correct positions, resulting in him being pulled from the tree.’

Therefore, if experienced tree workers can be killed, what chance do greedy, untrained/uninsured cowboys in their rusty vans have? They are a risk to consumers and also a risk to themselves.

It’s essential to ask (and see proof) that the worker in your garden is fully - trained and insured. If he is not then you may not see a penny in compensation if he accidentally drops a tree through your car, wall, patio or greenhouse etc.

UK Wildlife laws are properly considered by 'most' responsible contractors, yet the cowboy with his chainsaw wrongly thinks that they do not apply to him. To the rip-off gardener, wildlife is totally insignificant and simply an annoying hurdle in his way to gaining fast cash.

A nest full of robin, blackbird, thrush or chaffinch chicks splattered all over the ground is of no significance to the cowboy gardener with his big chainsaw, in his quest for your cash. 

The RSPB advises…. 

‘We recommend cutting hedges and trees is avoided between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds. It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.’

Element Tree Care sensibly advises… 

‘As contractors it is our responsibility to ensure that work to trees and vegetation carried out within this period avoids any impact on nesting birds. This would be an infringement of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and in breach of The European Habitats Directive 1992/Nesting Birds Directive. Before any work is carried out within this season a thorough visual survey needs to be carried out to ensure there are no nesting birds present or that the intended work will not disturb any birds nesting near to the work site. During this season it should be assumed that nesting birds will be present and therefore it is the duty of the client and contractor to prove otherwise. Although the majority of the responsibility lies with the contractor it is important that as a client you are sympathetic to the laws behind disturbing nesting birds. This may result in work being postponed until all nesting birds have gone. It is also a common misconception that certain bird species are not protected under these laws. In fact all wild bird species are protected, as are any eggs and it is an offence to remove them from an unoccupied nest. The maximum penalty for each offence is a £5000 fine and up to six months imprisonment in the Magistrates court, and a £5000 fine and up to two years imprisonment in the Crown Court.’

Government regulations state… 

What you must not do

You’re breaking the law if you:

  • intentionally kill, injure or take wild birds
  • intentionally take, damage or destroy a wild bird’s nest while it’s being used or built
  • intentionally take or destroy a wild bird’s egg
  • possess, control or transport live or dead wild birds, or parts of them, or their eggs
  • sell wild birds or put them on display for sale
  • use prohibited methods to kill or take wild birds
Some birds, known as ‘schedule 1 birds’, eg barn owls, have extra legal protection. For these bird species it’s also an offence to do the following, either intentionally or by not taking enough care:
disturb them while they’re nesting, building a nest, in or near a nest that contains their young, disturb their dependent young.

You could get an unlimited fine and up to 6 months in prison for each offence if you’re found guilty.

What to do if you witness wildlife crime - Merseyside Police and Wildlife Crime … 

Moreover, reckless tree felling has a very steep price for the unwary fool as the following examples show.

Keith Smith fined £112k for illegally felling trees

Hotel owner ordered to pay £46,000 for ruining a dozen protected trees

Woman fined after felling trees in a bid to increase value of her Lake District home

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Questions remain over the Kew Woods tree massacre… 

WACA misdirection and ignorance is now destroying Woodvale’s ecosystem!

Sefton Tree butchers ignore residents and councillors and go ahead with tree felling

Trees and the fragile wildlife that need them for survival are essential. Trees also provide a green lung for mankind, even in inner city areas. Protect them, they are precious.

Merseyside police

Consumers should beware of the rip-off cowboy gardener and make sure that they employ a genuine time-served professional with the relevant credentials and professional insurance. Having a truck and a bunch of power tools in a trailer is NO guarantee of expert professionalism in this quarter. Damaged property, additional hidden fees, botched or unfinished work etc, are widespread today and householder can only blame themselves when things go wrong if they have given jobs to the cowboy gardeners. 

The watchword for wise consumers must be, if in doubt get a real professional in and give the cowboy the boot today!

Pat Regan © 

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In some areas Trading standards officers have previously  reported a surge in cases of what has been dubbed ‘daylight shrubbery’. The gardening cowboys have only one thing in mind and that is your cash. Do not get caught out by these unprofessional rip - off merchants.

Sefton MBC Trading Standards Website 

Monday, 2 April 2018

Delusions of Easter grandeur of a suspended councillor?

Caring, kind and considerate or pompous, presumptuous and self-promoting…

Southport people are to be forgiven if they see a local councillor taking on the role of the Sovereign, Prime Minister, the Pope or even a lowly bishop as somewhat presumptuous with an ‘Easter Message’. 

Barton said… 

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the residents of Southport a very happy Easter and a prosperous and peaceful Year ahead.”

NB. Why he capitalised the word ‘Year’ is unclear.

The media previously reported that Cllr David Richard Barton, who represents Dukes ward in Southport, faces a money laundering charge following an investigation into Barton Park Nursing Home, owned by his parents.

The family deny fraud. 

Sefton Conservative leader at that time, Cllr Terry Jones, confirmed that Cllr Barton was suspended from his party. 

Jones said: “In accordance with the national Conservative party rules, Cllr David Barton has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.”

Of course, some folks get overly suspicious when suspended politicians start issuing religious – based messages of goodwill, especially if these messages are flown in well above their pay grade. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Litter picking/eco groups: real concern or vote-hunting?

Southport Labour's latest rubbish - clearing group is of course nothing new.

Many residents have asked the question: Are litter-picking groups led by political activists actually concerned about excessive rubbish or are they simply after our votes?

On OTS Facebook Cllr Tony Dawson stated - and we quote the paragraph as it was written.

“This appears to be a direct copy of the Tory'A' team. They also refused to join the non-political rubbish clearing groups, beleiveing that rubbish clearing requres political purity. They posed for some photos. Lost some elections. And completely disappeared. If only that happened to the rubbish!”

It is true that the Tories did indeed start a litter-picking pre-election group called ‘Love Ainsdale’. Yet following successive defeats this outfit appeared to vanish. Was this the same fleeting Tory group that Cllr Dawson mentioned above?

Above: the Love Ainsdale group. Today the rubbish does indeed remain on the beach as indicated by Cllr Dawson. This has naturally led the public to question the motives behind such groups, directed by political activists.

Before the Labour and Tory groups kicked off the Lib Dems had their 'Rubbish Friends' group.

Above the Rubbish Friends team directed by local councillors.

Before all of this activity the Ainsdale Tories had initiated a troubled eco-group, WWP, (Woodvale Woodland Project) led by an Ainsdale councillor,Ted Hartill. Hartill had really hit the nail on the head, when it came to marking the ‘real agenda’ behind such groups...

A Southport news site reported (14/3/2016) that Hartill had used Facebook to ‘tell the world’ that he disagreed with Cameron over leaving the EU and that he also agreed with the Lib Dems on leaving Sefton. The same news item also underlined the fact that Cllr Terry Jones, Hartill’s Tory chief, had attacked Hartill for wanting “mass publicity.”

Apparent naivety over “close friends” may also be a noteworthy point when we see how Hartill’s purportedly close friend, Jones, told others about his “mass publicity” efforts, regarding the Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) etc. 

It seems that Cllr Jones was not too happy that the “papers were catching on" to Hartill’s “self publicity.” 

Hartill’s actions indicated that he’d used the WWP situation to promote his political agenda and had even bragged about it to others. Hartill eventually resigned his Tory councillor role for various reasons... 

Public volunteers who'd worked hard for the WWP over 9 months were banned from the group by Sefton Council after whistleblowing on the questionable activities within. 

Whether or not all politically - led public eco-groups carry such hidden agendas remains to be seen. 

Yes, it's great to see rubbish cleared up but it has to be done for the right reasons and not just for private or political gain. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

In pictures: Southport - on the wild marsh

Some of us love the desolate wild places. Virtually the only sounds heard originate from the Irish Sea breeze whistling down the creeks, along with the melancholy cries of the curlews, godwits and various geese.

In the above video clip one can see Blackpool initially, then Southport pier in the distance.

Muddy creeks that meander out into the Ribble estuary...

Since time immemorial the pink-footed and greylag geese have flocked in their thousands into the wild marsh.

Geese resting up here with Blackpool Tower, over the Ribble estuary, in the distance.

The grace of the incoming skeins is a wonder to behold, giving a seasonal sense of continuity, year after year.

Canada geese also use the Southport wetlands as a refuge...

Above: a godwit feeding on the marsh. 

Night falls on the old marsh... 

Pat Regan © 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Our wonderful British countryside under threat

My deep and lifelong concern is seeing the constant destruction of our magnificent green spaces. No matter what ‘official (manmade) designation’ we give any part of our countryside the wildlife within sees these places as home.

Innumerable new developments are very ill-considered and hated by the public (for many good reasons) leading to large-scale protests and it can only get worse.

Countless inner city sites remain dilapidated, areas that could easily hold massive housing/business projects. However, corrupt councils/developers prefer to grab those nice bits of green space instead.  Ironically, some areas of designated greenbelt hold less wildlife than neglected places that are frequently called brownfield sites.

One local example is at Kew in Southport wherein the grasslands hold all kinds of special wildlife. This link below is from 2012…

More recently a special place in our semi-rural heritage, part of the old Southport Kew Woods, came crashing down. The following image shows just what has been lost in this recent crime against nature...

Of course, as many folks know this was a wonderful green area full of wildlife. Have legal wildlife regulations been breached here? This has yet to be discovered! 

Many parts of our fantastic countryside can be saved yet the unfamiliarity of some councillors to vote in the right direction is a gigantic problem. One minute the anti-wildlife authorities in power are spinning their bogus green spin about reducing our ‘Carbon Footprint’ and the evils of Global Warming (to allegedly save the Earth) and the next day they send in the bulldozers to flatten beautiful wildlife – rich woodlands, hills and meadows.

Moreover, the question about UK population growth and the housing crisis is a highly contentious subject that some politicians are NOT addressing properly; either out of ignorance or from fear of being branded as not quite ‘politically correct’…

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Like many folks, I do not have all the answers. I do however know in my heart that destroying our lovely UK countryside, as a short term solution to any social problem, can never be a rational option! 

Huge lumps of cash, fat – cat profits, massive wage packets for the elite grey-suited land-wreckers and basic human greed are the prime reasons behind the loss of OUR countryside.

And what about the fracking issue …well? 

How much do you care about this special place that we call home, Planet Earth? 

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Mysterious three-fingered mummies from Peru ‘are not human’, scientist claims

So are they of human or alien origin? Is this real news or are we looking at an elaborate hoax?

Russian National Research University professor Konstantin Korotkov said, ‘They appear human but they are not. Their anatomic structure is different. 

Suggestions regarding what the mummies may be have been highlighted in the media thus…

1. A contemporary sham mummy, created from human and animal bones.

2. An ancient fake, actually mummified, but made from humans and animals.

3. A deformed human being.

4. An unknown species of animal

5. An extraterrestrial species that visited earth.

This latest news linking mummies, ET and ancient culture caught my attention as I have written a lot about such matters before. Naturally, we can all speculate loudly and give our two penn'orth yet without full data we are always going to be like sheep bleating away in the fog…

Nevertheless, I reiterate that have written at some length about the UFO/Ancient Alien axis in my books and many articles over previous years.  Therefore, the following info may be relevant.

ALIEN MOM - The Humalien Axis: our Extraterrestrial Inheritance


UK Paperback: 

US paperback:

Make of it what you will; speaking for myself, I am only the messenger.  

Pat Regan © 


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Saint Patrick's Day: have you been hoodwinked by Church spin?

I covered the topic of Saint George and Patrick along with  ethnic religious cleaning by stealth in a previous blog. 

I reiterate that any truly unbiased analysis of historical data indicates that Saint George’s day is nothing more than a counterfeit Christian celebration, based on much earlier indigenous Pagan tradition. However, I am reminded that today is Saint Patrick’s Day so here are a few thoughts on this tradition.

Similarities exist between Saint George and Patrick with Ireland’s Saint Patrick’s Day and Christian subversion of more ancient truths.

Laughable claims that Saint Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland are extremely ludicrous.

Ireland thawed out the last time only 15,000 years ago. Since that era, 12 miles of cold water in the Northern Channel separate Ireland from Scotland, which does harbour a few species of snakes. Ireland however has no snakes because they simply cannot get there.

Comparable to the Dragon in English myth, the Snake was misused by the Church as a negative symbol to distance us from our genuine spiritual tradition

Snakes referred to in the Saint Patrick myth are not meant in the precise sense, but refer to the native Pagan people of the land. Saint Patrick (his well-promoted religious influence) drove the Pagan Celts out of Ireland and this particular snake myth displays this agenda of religious hate against the native spiritual ethos very well. 

Celebrating on Saint Patrick’s Day with drinking and much frolicking ironically marks the spread of xenophobic Christianity throughout Ireland and the suppression and conversion of the native Celtic peoples. 

Both George and Patrick are deeply emblematic of a type of religious – based ethnic cleansing that would be seen as outrageous intolerance in today’s society. 

Are you honestly thinking for yourself?  Alternatively, are you just like the rest of the well-indoctrinated sheep, permitting ‘others,’ with concealed agendas in pious chapels made by self-righteous men to do it for you? 

Our British or Irish spiritual heritage goes back much farther than the pious evangelists would ever have us believe. So folks. grab your shillelagh - walk proudly into the fresh Irish Sea breeze and always remember that your liberty should never be for sale to the highest ecclesiastical bidder... 

Pat Regan © 

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