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Campaigners unveil BeardMax 10 point plan for a beard friendly Scotland

In Uncategorized on September 19, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 19th September contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners unveil 10 point plan for Beard Friendly Scotland: BeardMax

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has unveiled its plan for a Beard Friendly Scotland.

The campaign group which opposes irrational prejudice against the hirsute says it has been a commonplace amongst both yes and no camps in the Referendum held on 18th September that the country must change.

The BLF says that Scotland can now be the totem for Beard Friendliness across the UK and has agreed an interim set of measures which it hopes will be adopted by Easter 2015

The BLF says it wants positive assurances from Westminster and Holyrood on the following issues:

1] A crack down on barber’s shops with special planning permission required for any new openings

2] A minimum quota for employing the hirsute in the public services

3] Consideration of new legislation to outlaw pogonophobic discrimination as exists in many US States.

4] The current First Minister to appear in public with a beard no later than 100 days after the conclusion of the Referendum

5] A tax on all shaving products

6] More statues of the great hirsute characters of Scotland in public places, to include Billy Connolly, Sean Connery and Keir Hardie

7] A crack down on pogonophobic images such as bagpipe playing with a beard

8] An official guide to beard friendly whiskies

9] Promotion of haggis as a beard friendly food

10] Scottish TV news bulletins to feature hirsute presenters on a regular and sustainable basis

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, After 18th September times have changed. It is time for Scotland to officially embrace Beard Power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hirsute welcome trimming in sales of shaving products across Europe

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 18th September contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Hirsute welcome trimming in sales of shaving products across Europe

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers that campaigns against beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute, has welcomed a new report from retail specialists IRI that show sales of shaving products down 90.6m Euros across Europe to the year March 2014

The campaigners say that the report is interesting not just for the scale of decline in shaving products that it reveals but the fact that this is not just a UK phenomenon but a European wide one.

The report attributes the decline in things like shaving foam and razor blades to the rise of the hipster beard but the BLF believes that there is a general rise in hirsuteness.

The shaving industry has reacted to the decline by launching a range of beard care products although many organic beard wearers prefer to maintain their follicles by briefly marinating them in a glass of imperial stout

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we welcome of course a decline in the sales of shaving products and it is particularly interesting that this is Europe wide thing. At the same time, and there are increasing numbers of products on the market, beards need care and maintenance too, so it is really a question of how agile this section of the market really is

More details of the IRI report

http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/facial-hair-trend-hits-sales-shaving-products-reports-iri/

 

 

 

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Will the hirsute vote determine the Independence Referendum?

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 17th September contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Will the Hirsute Vote determine the Independence Referendum?

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers that campaigns against beardism, irrational prejudice against the hirsute, has said that the votes of the hirsute could be crucial in determining the outcome of Thursday’s Independence Referendum.

The BLF estimates that as many as 10% of the electorate on Thursday may be hirsute

In a poll published on 17th September the BLF revealed that just under 70% thought an independent Scotland would be beard friendly with less than 20% thinking it would not be and the remainder undecided.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, As with all polls the outcome of our on-line poll run over the last 10 days need to be understood with care. A clear majority do think an independent Scotland would be beard friendly, but that is not the same as them voting ‘yes’. Some may well feel that Scotland now is reasonably beard friendly compared to the clean shaven Westminster Establishment

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Trade Unionists back Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Council

Press Release 17th September

c/o Union Office, St Ann ’s Hospital, St Ann ’s Rd, N15

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266; keith.flett@btinternet.com

Trade Unionists back Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival

Haringey TUC, the local wing of the TUC in North London, has said that it is backing the Palestine Literary Festival to be held in the West Green Learning Centre in Tottenham from September 18-20th.

The Festival features well known authors talking about Palestine and Gaza as well as music and film.

Gaza was an important topic of discussion at the TUC Congress in Liverpool earlier this month and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady condemned Israeli Government actions in Gaza earlier this year which left many dead and injured.

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett of course it is a controversial subject with some, but a literary festival offers the chance to step back, to listen, debate and reflect on what is happening in Palestine and Gaza.

Details

http://www.hjfp.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Lit-Fest-programme-final.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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Poll shows almost 70% believe an independent Scotland would be Beard Friendly

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 17th September contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Poll shows almost 70% believe that an independent Scotland would be Beard Friendly

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has released the results of an on-line poll it has carried out over the last ten days on whether an independent Scotland would be more beard friendly than one that remains in the current United Kingdom.

The campaigners say that neither the Yes or the Better Together campaigns have specifically addressed the hirsute vote in the campaign.

It is estimated that up to 10% of Scots are hirsute and the hirsute vote could be decisive on 18th September.

The poll showed that just under 70% believed that an independent Scotland would be beard friendly.

The BLF says it wants positive assurances either from Westminster or Holyrood or both on the following issues no matter which way the polls go on Thursday:

1] A crack down on barber’s shops with special planning permission required for any new openings

2] A minimum quota for employing the hirsute in the public services

3] Consideration of new legislation to outlaw pogonophobic discrimination as exists in many US States

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Of course just because 70% in our poll think an independent Scotland will be beard friendly doesn’t mean that either Mr Salmond or Mr Darling will appear on Thursday wearing a false beard. It does however suggest a confidence that an independent Scotland would be a tolerant society, and perhaps a disdain for Mr Cameron’s almost entirely clean shaven Cabinet in Westminster.

Poll result in full: Do you think an independent Scotland will be beard friendly?

Yes  68.09%

No  19.15%

Unconvinced  13%

The poll was carried out on-line from 7th-16th September. Several hundred people voted. Voting more than once was not allowed and checks were carried out to ensure there was no attempt at multiple voting.

 

 

 

 

 

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Serious shortage of players threatens conker season

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2014 by kmflett

Campaign For Real Conkers

Against bans  on conker playing

Press Release 15th September Contact Keith Flett, 07803 167266

Serious shortage of players threatens conker season

The Campaign For Real Conkers, the group that opposes bans on conker playing, has said that with the 2014 conker season underway it is a shortage of players rather than conkers that is threatening the game

The campaign says that while the weather in August may have been the wettest for ten years, warm weather earlier in the summer together with a mild first half of September has led to what promises to be the best supply of conkers for some years.

Many conkers have yet to fall but where they have, many remain uncollected except by grey squirrels who do not eat, but bury them.

Campaign Organiser Keith Flett said, we may have ‘tut-tutted’ about school children throwing sticks into trees to bring down conkers over the years but that is a virtually unknown activity these days. In many areas conkers carpet the ground uncollected. Conkers as a traditional game is under serious threat

The Campaign for Real Conkers promotes free for all conker playing across the UK. It will run an alternative event to the World Conker Championships, on October 12th where it encourages people to have a go at playing conkers without the need for rules, regulations and teams.

Notes for Editors

  • The CFRC believes that conkers is one of the few sports that can be played for free. All that is required is a conker and some string.
  • It is opposed to championships, rules, regulations, separate teams for men and women and commercial sponsorship.
  • It seeks to encourage people of all ages to play conkers. It should not be the preserve purely of those of mature years

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September 1964: 50 years since the first edition of The Sun & the Premier of Goldfinger

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2014 by kmflett

That Was the Week That Was: 50 years since the first edition of The Sun

It is 50 years since The Sun first appeared in Britain’s new agents, although Rupert Murdoch did not buy it until five years later.

This was also the week of the launch of Labour’s successful 1964 General Election campaign which saw Harold Wilson installed as Prime Minister by a narrow margin.

The Labour Manifesto was launched, on television, on 11/12th September 1964 with the assistance of, amongst others, Tony Benn.

It was arguably the moment when the short 1960s really started.

Labour was keen to present itself as the party of a new and modern Britain against the Tories with its Old Etonian leader Sir Alec Douglas Home.

Labour, or at least Wilson, was keen to distance itself from what it referred to as ‘vested interests’ which meant both employers and trade unions who resisted change. It saw the development of a new classless society where all had the opportunity to succeed.  Even so Tony Benn noted in his Diary that Wilson’s speech to the TUC on 7th September had gone well

If this sounds like a precursor to New Labour that may not be far wrong. Many of the positions Labour took in 1964 were informed by polling by Mark Abrams of Research Services including slogans such as ‘Let’s GO with Labour’

The second week of September 1964 did indeed prove an interesting one as cultural historian Dominic Sandbrook points out in his book White Heat.

It saw the launch of Labour’s Manifesto, the Sun newspaper and also the premiere of a new James Bond film Goldfinger.

The links between these events elude Sandbrook however.

The Sun was the replacement for the Daily Herald a labour movement paper that had been owned by the TUC. With a declining readership and a view that a media which appealed to class was becoming outdated the paper was sold to the same stable as the Daily Mirror. [see the comments of Ian Birchall at the foot of the post]. The paper introduced journalists who went on to become well known elsewhere including Nancy Banks Smith, Geoffrey Goodman and, briefly, Paul Foot.

On 15th September  the Sun rose. It was designed to appeal to precisely the same New Britain that Labour’s Manifesto was aimed at.

There was however a mismatch.

Tony Benn notes in his Diary for the period that the new paper was ‘appalling’ and ‘a pale wishy-washy imitation of the Daily Mail’ and not likely to be as much help as been supposed to Labour’s Election campaign.

Even so The Sun Editorial did echo a key Labour theme when it argued that ‘leaders of tomorrow are more likely to emerge from a College of Advanced Technology than from Eton or Harrow’.

Its first issue sold three million copies, although this went down to 1.75 million a day by the time of the October Election.

The premiere of Goldfinger on 17th September, a James Bond film based on the Ian Fleming novel, attracted crowds to Leicester Square in London.

The plot with Sean Connery as Bond, was far fetched but in fact not entirely out of touch with reality. The key figure in the film, as the title indicates is obsessed with gold, in acquiring it and trading it irrespective of regulations to control this by national Governments.

The 1964 Labour Government inherited a significant economic crisis from the Tories and itself became focused on the balance of payments and the need, it felt, to control currency movements.

Goldfinger, albeit in a fantastical sense, focused on an issue that was to be central to the Wilson Government elected in October 1964

While there are obvious differences between Britain 1964 and 2014 there are also some striking similarities. Both had a Tory Government led by an Old Etonian and both had a Labour Opposition obsessed with opinion polls and austerity politics.

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