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The murky world of Leeds Bradford Airport

Andrew Tait

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 […]

Will the Labour Party rebranding exercise learn from the past?

Dr Pam Jarvis

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.

Will the next Grenfell happen in Yorkshire?

Alex Toal

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.

Stay-at-home Johnson has Batley in his sights

Jane Thomas

‘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.

WEEKEND LONG READ

What would proportional representation look like?

Marcus Cain

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.

Destination devolution

Jane Thomas

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.

When it’s no longer right to roam

Andrew Leach

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.

SPOTLIGHT: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Will independent cinemas survive a post-pandemic world?

Emily Shepherd

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 […]

Wishful thinking: the government’s strategy on defeating Covid-19

Andy Brown

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 […]

Yorkshire vaccine rollout takes a hit

Jane Thomas

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.

Has Robert Jenrick nothing better to do than fan up culture wars?

Alex Toal

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.

Withdrawing the benefit lifeline will leave many adrift

Jane Thomas

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 with Yorkshire Bylines

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.”

Norky’s ramblings: puberty

Peter Norcliffe
Peter Norcliffe with Christa from Heidelberg and his brother and sister

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.”

My experience of living with long covid

Pen Hemingway

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.”

‘Levelling-up’ government guts Transport for the North

Jane Thomas

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.”