Emily Shepherd looks into what Opera North is doing to deliver its projects to a lockdown audience, from individual performances to workshops. ” For musicians studying at a higher level, there may be an opportunity for one-to-one sessions with an orchestra member, in which players can play a piece and receive feedback.”
The owners of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) are pushing ahead with their planning application that would allow them to almost double their passenger numbers in the next 10 years. Well, that’s the plan, but we all know that Covid-19 has other ideas about the future of aviation. Currently, there’s only one flight a day taking […]
At the heart of this issue is the question about what the current Labour Party has to say that is relevant to many of the descendants of workers in factories, mines and mills. It is the votes of such people, updated to the 21st century, that will be key to turning the blue wall red again.
Fossil Free West Yorkshire is part of the global divestment movement, which asks institutions like councils and local government pension funds to divest or sell their investments in fossil fuel companies as soon as possible.
Little has been done to prevent another Grenfell tower fire, research from the Labour party revealed as they pressured the government to act. With millions of people still living in blocks with unsafe cladding, more needs to be done to make these fit for habitation, Alex Toal writes.
Adrian Horton from Stop the Flow, critiques the government’s plans to stop flooding, and proposes alternative solutions to the problem. “Natural flood management, particularly in the case of attenuation ponds, can only take place in the drier months in the spring and summer when the fields and the uplands are drier”.
‘Stay home, Save Lives’ just isn’t working for some people – including our prime minister. In a bid to make sure we all know which caped hero has come to the rescue with the vaccine, Boris Johnson today visited the Al-Hikmah Centre in Batley, one of the vaccine hubs recently opened in Yorkshire.
Lydia Macpherson details her experience being blocked by her Conservative MP, Robbie Moore (Keighley), and how typical this now is of Conservative MPs. “But far too many MPs manipulate us using social media, and calling them out can have consequences that extend beyond the frustration of being blocked.”
Interview with: Stewart Golton – Lib Dem West Yorkshire mayoral candidate (“Rage against the machine”)
Alex Toal interviews Stewart Golton, leader of the Leeds Liberal Democrats and the party’s candidate for West Yorkshire mayor. Golton plans to “rage against the machine” at both the regional and national level, challenging leaders in West Yorkshire and Westminster to do better for local people.
Marcus Cain explores the world of proportional voting, and what can be done to make it a reality in the parliamentary system. There are several ways to make our system more proportional, with each having its advantages and disadvantages.
Peter Norcliffe dives into family history in this three-parter about his uncles who served in the Second World War. In this first instalment, he discusses his Uncle Harold, who served in what was then Burma.
The pressures for greater local control are growing and cannot be ignored. Devolution may not be a destination, but for some it sure looks a better road to travel on than the current path offered by Westminster.
Buried away in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto in 2019 was a promise to “make intentional trespass a criminal offence”. And now, in the middle of a grossly mismanaged pandemic, when a need for the big outdoors has arguably never been more important, the government is beginning to act on this particular pledge, meaning even less of the UK’s land could be available to us than is currently available.
Emily Horner digs into the analysis from Google indicating that the people of Yorkshire have adapted their way of life in the pandemic. “Overall, these Google reports show that Yorkshire’s tendency to ‘just get on with it’ has remained strong, with most of us sticking to the rules and making the best of things.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has sent the film industry into decline. With fewer films being made for big screen release, will the independent cinemas we know and love financially recover from the pandemic? In December 2020, the government offered over £16m in grants, as part of their Cultural Recovery Fund, to more than 200 independent cinemas […]
The 1984 film ‘Threads’ is artistic activism, a campaign for nuclear disarmament and a warning against individualism. As we celebrate a step towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, we remember why these measures are necessary.
During the Second World War, one of the messages that was regularly repeated was that: “Careless talk costs lives”. In the war against covid that should read, “Wishful thinking costs lives.” As I write, the United Kingdom has the third highest death toll per head from Covid-19 in the entire world. In recent weeks the […]
Peter Norcliffe recalls the ‘proper’ snow of 1947, which started falling in January and didn’t clear until mid-March, leaving many homes stranded for weeks.
Without an effective test, trace isolate programme – and with the abject failure to deal with what happens at our borders to stop the international flow of the virus – vaccination is our only way out of this. And that is why any delay to roll out OR compromise of efficacy is concerning.
University of Leeds student Annabelle Levins looks at how students have been let down by both the government and their universities during the pandemic.
As Craven District Green councillor, Andy Brown notes that we’re all suffering from the consequences of neglecting our environment. With deregulation in China causing deaths in Yorkshire, we need to treat our globe as a unified whole in our response to climate change, not to ignore it.
Brian McHugh discusses how climate change is already impacting Yorkshire, and what is being done by local organisers to counter it.
As Alex Toal writes, the people of Yorkshire need economic support more than ever, but their first Chancellor from the region in 45 years ignores their need. Is Rishi Sunak’s stance on Universal Credit a play to the backbenches, that “a vote for Sunak is a vote for fiscal orthodoxy”?
Jenrick must have solved looming crises in housing, local government debt, and cladding, Alex Toal writes, given his obsession with statues. The minister has been borrowing tactics from one of his predecessors, Eric Pickles, in preventing communities in having a voice about their public space.
Jane Thomas looks at how scrapping the universal credit uplift of £20 a week would have the biggest impact in the poorest towns in England. “The promise of levelling up is receding not growing – and unless the chancellor changes tack, the opportunities for our poorest will be swept away.”
Villagers’ frustrations over poor mobile signals reached breaking point as they miss Covid-19 vaccine texts
Emily Horner talks to Nidderdale residents to uncover how mobile signal problems have led to people missing crucial vaccine information. “Nidderdale provides just one example of the difference broadband access and signal boosts would make for vulnerable people – whether it’s for children remote learning, adults working from home, or the clinically vulnerable waiting for their Covid-19 vaccines.”
Jimmy Andrex reviews our pie of the week – a mushroom and leek pie from Denby Dale, West Yorkshire. “It’s warm, it’s got a crust and it tastes comforting and fabulous.”
Norky recalls his most embarrassing moment, which occurred during a German exchange visit in 1955. ” I’m embarrassed about it even now, I can hardly bring myself to put it down in writing, perhaps doing so will after 63 years lay it down to rest.”
Pen Hemingway describes her experience of living with long covid, having caught covid in March, at a time when treatment was refused and symptoms were denied. “This is one roller-coaster nobody is getting off any time soon.”
Sheffield campaigner Jane Thomas reacts to the news that Transport for the North’s budget has been cut by 40 percent, a harsh blow to dreams of levelling up the north. “If the government does not support this through proper funding of local authorities, and through deeper devolution, the levelling-up agenda will never happen.”