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Has Gove torpedoed the UK fishing industry?

Anthony Robinson

As fishermen accuse the government of betrayal and selling them out, Michael Gove’s words are about to come back to haunt him. In 2016, he accused the EU of being a “job destroying machine”. Four years on he has become an industry destroyer.

Starmer puts down markers for general election in latest speech

Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas analyses Keir Starmer’s latest speech and a change of tone from the leader of the opposition. “Starmer is right – in 2021 we need to write a new chapter, and we do need to build back better. But in the meantime we need to protect the most vulnerable and have a viable exit strategy for the awfulness that currently envelopes the country”.

Lockdown battles: painting the blues away

Amy Day

So, if I cannot roller skate around the park then I will navigate this new lockdown with my tiny army by my side. I shall continue to gaze longingly at my skates whilst I paint away my lockdown blues … with a fabulous shade of Warhammer Blue!


Pie of the week: from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. “At the end of our walk, seeking refuge from a grim sense of foreboding, I greeted the news that my favourite pie – steak, ale and Henderson’s Relish – was on the specials board with the same relief as when I heard about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Forget back to normal – 2021 needs a new society

Andy Brown

Andy Brown looks at how the pandemic has already reshaped society, and what we can do to make these changes into beneficial ones. As people move out to the country, and the government steps in to prop up markets, maybe we need to be more imaginative about how we utilise this change for good.


2020’s impact on tourism and hospitality – what next for 2021?

Hugh Goulbourne

s we begin 2021, it is absolutely critical we have a plan that will ensure the sector can bounce back more strongly once enough people are vaccinated, to ensure that we are through the worst of the pandemic. The first part of that plan must involve working with the government to form a common understanding as to how and when the sector can safely reopen as early as possible in 2021.

Norky’s ramblings: episode 10

Peter Norcliffe

Peter Norcliffe reminisces about biplanes, old money, and ‘Doctor Dan’s Health Drink’ in his latest column. ” Not for me a train driver or firefighter – both very noble causes, of course, but I’m sure you will agree, not in the same league as a milk man with a black and white horse.”


Pie of the week: from William Noble Family Butcher, Busy Corner, Wakefield

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from William Noble Family Butchers in Wakefield. “A Noble’s steak pie is an everyday celebration of wholesome certainty; like a grittier version of The Waltons. They’re freshly made every day, the oven’s in the shop and the smell when they open the door should be regulated by some sort of statute”.

Congratulations Dr Richard Corbett CBE

Yorkshire Bylines

Richard Corbett is someone whose contribution to creating a better, more tolerant society for us locally as well as in wider Europe has been recognised with a CBE in the New Year’s honours list. Yorkshire is proud to have enjoyed his dedication to the region, and we wholeheartedly congratulate him on this, the latest in a long line of richly deserved accolades.


The Settle Hub: spreading a little happiness

Katy Honor

Katy Honor writes about the Settle Hub, a local forum which has adapted so people can gather during these troubled times. “Pre-covid, the Hub was a focal point for local residents, charities and businesses to find out what was going on locally and connect. Now, Zoom drop-ins are available for people who are unable or unwilling to travel into town.”

Liz Truss and “my comprehensive school”

Daphne Franks

Liz Truss claimed this week that at her comprehensive school in Leeds, she was taught more about racism and sexism than she was about English and maths. Daphne Franks, who also attended this school (as did her brother and her son) offers this response.

Yorkshire’s women against state pension injustice

Castleford and Yorkshire Women Against State Pension Injustice

WASPI women in Yorkshire have been let down by the government over state pensions: they tell us what they are campaigning for. “The plight of many WASPI women is desperate, with many struggling to work, pay the bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Shame on the courts and governments for not seeing the discrimination we have suffered, but shame on us if we give up the fight.”


Stillingfleet Tragedy near York, Boxing Day 1833

Pen Hemingway

Pen Hemingway looks back at the 1833 Boxing Day Stillingfleet Tragedy and delves through the witness accounts and historical records to piece together what happened. Her research revealed surprising links to her own family.


Pie of the week: from Cryer & Stott, Castleford market

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from Cryer & Stott, at Castleford market. “If you ever had sex better than this pie you’re either a liar or I need to get to know you better. If you ever took drugs better than this pie, you must be on drugs – cheap, bad ones that make you think the traffic in South Elmsall are crocodiles.”

Chapel FM Arts Centre leads the way with innovative eco heating system

Yorkshire Bylines

Leeds-based Chapel FM Arts Centre has finished a refurbishment to renovate its heating system to make it greener and more eco-friendly. The new venue, set to open in the spring of 2021 (pending Covid-19 regulations), also features a community café, a large hall that will enable a wide-range of new arts and wellbeing offers, meeting rooms, outdoor seating and other features.

We can’t ignore our air pollution crisis any longer

Andrew Cooper

Air pollution is deadly. That is a fact we can’t hide from any longer. This week, a coroner ruled that dangerous levels of air pollution “made a material contribution” to the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah in Central London. Before her death of a severe asthma attack in February 2013, Ella endured numerous seizures and […]


Pie of the week: from the Seed Room, Overton

Jimmy Andrex

In troubled times, with rampant division, there remains one part of our culture about which there must surely be widespread unity, especially in the forgotten land of the North of England: Pies.


The Black Douglas

Ian Kinsey

Ian Kinsey tells the story of Sir James Douglas, a feared lieutenant of Robert the Bruce known as The Black Douglas. The Black Douglas was instrumental in achieving Scotland’s independence, and came close to capturing York itself after the battle of Myton.