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Untangling the U.S. Senate filibuster: Part 2

Scott Weigle
Filibuster stops legislation

The average citizen cares nothing for the arcane rules of senate procedure. The behind-the-scenes “sausage-making” and endless maneuvering that goes into passage of a bill is only fascinating to politicians, journalists, and Twitter addicts. Citizens just want results that impact their lives. In[1]  Part 1, we reviewed the origin and impact of the filibuster. Today […]

For those in peril on the sea: the Seafarers Centres

Ann C Holland
Seafarers

Last Sunday was Sea Sunday, when the hymn, ‘Eternal Father strong to save’ is sung by seafarers around the world. It is perhaps better known by its other name – ‘For those in peril on the sea’. My Aunt Teresa had been chief cashier at the Shell (now Essar) Refinery in Stanlow. When she retired, […]

East Midlands Tory MPs: how much bang for our buck?

Anna Girolami

Here at Central Bylines, we have been tapping our foot impatiently. Our East Midlands Tory MPs (on whom we generally rely for a regular supply of comedy pratfalls) have been suspiciously quiet of late. Luckily, the imminent arrival of silly season seems to have prodded them into life. All of which we have faithfully recorded […]

2021 NBA Playoff – A change of scenery

John Tenido

For centuries, football and rugby have been the main attraction in the UK, but they are not the only sports in the world. The Premiership, The World Series, the Superbowl and the National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs are some of the sporting world’s biggest and most anticipated events.  Basketball particularly has been adored by countries all […]

Apple introduces Spatial and Lossless audio

John Tenido

With over 150 million premium subscribers and 356 million monthly active users, it’s no surprise that Spotify has been the king of the streaming service platform for a while. But that’s all about to change as in the early part of June, Apple introduced a new and mesmerising feature to Apple Music that could change the […]

The heart of Stoke lies in Lidice

Cliff Mitchell
Stoke on Trent Lidice memorial

Lidice is a small village in the Czech Republic that exists thanks to help from the people of Stoke. In recent years Stoke-on-Trent (Stoke) has become synonymous with the politics of the extreme right, with British National Party (BNP) councillors, and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) targeting its parliamentary and council seats, and the press […]

Melton Mowbray: bypass row leaves locals behind

Helen Louise Cliff
Melton Mowbray Bypass

When councils fall out with one another in such an acrimonious way to hit the headlines one would expect them to be at different ends of the political spectrum. Not so when it comes to Melton Borough (MBC) and Leicestershire County (LCC) Councils, both Tory run, who have got themselves into a particularly bitter public […]

We need to talk about Serco

Anna Girolami
Serco

In 2019 Serco was found to have “engaged in quite deliberate fraud against the Ministry of Justice.” It had already repaid £68.5 million to the government in overcharges and was subsequently fined £19.2 million for fraud and false accounting over its electronic tagging service. It also had to pay the Serious Fraud Office’s costs of £3.7 million. It still has the contract.

Begone!

Shirley Martin
Begone!

Begone! A political poem about the state of our country and the moral demise of our political system. It’s our families who mourn in pain.

Cuts in UK foreign aid to East Midlands charity deprives street children in Uganda

Anna Girolami
Uganda children

A Chesterfield-based charity supporting street children in Uganda has had its only international development grant withdrawn when the government cut foreign funding from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent gross national income (GNI). S.A.L.V.E. International S.A.L.V.E. International is a Chesterfield/Ugandan charity, aimed at supporting homeless and out-of-school children in Uganda. It was founded by a group […]