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Glastonbury battle for Hirsute Personality 2017 as Eavis faces Corbyn

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release June 23rd

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Glastonbury battle for Hirsute Personality 2017 as Eavis faces Corbyn

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with Beard Week set to bristle off to a start on 26th June there is a high level of interest in the Hirsute Personality of the Year poll.

The winner is announced ahead of Beard Week on Sunday 25th June.

Jeremy Corbyn won the accolade for the first time in 2016 and now faces a challenge to retain the title.

While Corbyn is ahead in the poll, Glastonbury weekend will undoubtedly boost the chances of second placed Michael Eavis with both beard wearers expected to appear on stage together at the festival

The shortlist comprises well known beard wearers, focusing not just on their place in the public eye but the gravitas and impact their beard adds to their public image and appearance.

Unlike the Beard of the Year in December, those on the short-list don’t need to have a full-time beard. Rather they need to have been in the public eye while hirsute. Neither is the contest about who has the ‘best’ beard.

The winner of the on-line poll is announced ahead of the beginning of Beard Week 2017 on June 26th. Other Awards that feature during the week, designed to promote a positive image of beards, are the Beard Friendly Sandwich of the Year, Hirsute Broadcaster of the Year and the Beard Friendly Employer of the Year.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, said Jeremy Corbyn v Michael Eavis is a true battle of the beards, representing everything that is best about the hirsute.

Shortlist

Brian Blessed, actor

Billy Connolly, entertainer

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Labour Party

Michael Eavis, Glastonbury founder

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC manager

Gary Lineker, Football commentator

Logan Plant, brewer

Michael Rosen, broadcaster

Ben Stokes, England cricketer

Philip Wilton, cheesemaker

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Do you remember the 80s: The Alternative Economic Strategy & Robin Murray (1940-2017)

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 by kmflett

Robin Murray, who was one of the key architects of what in the 1980s was known as the Alternative Economic Strategy died earlier this month aged 77. The Guardian has just published an Obituary here:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/19/robin-murray-obituary

Mike Rustin in New Left Review 1/155 (1986) wrote an extended piece on the London Industrial Strategy in the years when Ken Livingstone was at the GLC. Murray was Chief Economic Advisor to the GLC from 1981-1986.

He also wrote a good deal on what he saw as a post-Fordist economy and strategies the left might develop to grapple with this.

In case anyone is wondering I didnt agree with much of this (from the left) and said so at the time. I dont think my position has changed but this is not the point here.

The point rather is that we are very probably at a moment when the ideas of the left on the economy and industry hold greater influence than for a good while. In that sense Murray’s work and his writings will form an important part of discussion and rightly so, even for those of us on the left who, for the most part, had other ideas.

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Hirsute Personality 2017 poll

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Hirsute Personality 2017 poll: closes midnight June 24th

Shortlist

Brian Blessed, actor
Billy Connolly, entertainer
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Labour Party
Michael Eavis, Glastonbury founder
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC manager
Gary Lineker, Football commentator
Logan Plant, brewer
Michael Rosen, broadcaster
Ben Stokes, England cricketer
Philip Wilton, cheesemaker

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Beard campaigners say lack of organic knitted beards at Glastonbury is unfortunate

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front press release

23rd June

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Beard campaigners say lack of organic knitted beards at Glastonbury is unfortunate

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the lack of organic knitted beards at this week’s Glastonbury festival is unfortunate.

While the festival has arranged for pre-erected tents no provision has been made for the clean shaven who want to celebrate the Beard Power of Michael Eavis and Jeremy Corbyn

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, Glastonbury 2017 is about beard power so its disappointing that no organic knitted beards are available.

Notes

Micheal Eavis faces Jeremy Corbyn for the Hirsute Personality 2017. Result on Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

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Hottest day for 40 years: a new Minister for Weather required

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2017 by kmflett

Rainmaker: Denis Howell MP

21st June was the hottest day since 1976 and also marked the longest run of days when the temperature in some parts of the UK went over 30c. Considering the average temperature for June is under 20c this indicates a significant weather event..

Although we are not in the drought conditions of 1976 it is surely time for the appointment of a new Weather Minister. In 1976 Birmingham MP Denis Howell (1923-1998) performed the role admirably. Shortly after his appointment to deal with the drought in August 1976, there was torrential rain and ‘floods’ were added to his Ministerial Portfolio.

Of course there was an element of fun to the appointment, Howell suggested bath sharing to save water, but also a serious point. The impact of the weather in 1976 was considerable and Government direction was important.

In 2017 it is not so much drought but issues around air quality and the impact of hot weather on the NHS, with more people requiring treatment, that are the concerns. it clearly does not come easily to the present incumbent of No.10 to organise Government activity and interventions but there is a surfeit of Ministers who could do the job of Minister for Weather from Michael Gove to Boris Johnson…

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The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, William Cobbett & Old Corruption

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2017 by kmflett

Someone has been amending street signs in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and while some of the amendments may be controversial its difficult to get away from the ‘Rotten Borough’ epithet.

Indeed there is a significant historical irony in it.

William Cobbett the early nineteenth century opponent of Old Corruption, placemen, sinecurists and a political establishment that was more interested in promoting itself than representing the people was based in Kensington.

He had a plant nursery there and many of his Rural Rides began or ended in the Royal Borough.

Cobbett was not an early Trotskyist but a radical Tory fed up with a system that served the few but not the many.

Street signs aside I suspect his spirit is abroad in Kensington again this week.

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Corbyn hits peak beard as temperature soars to the highest for 40 years

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
Media Release
21st June
Contact: Keith Flett 07803 167266

Corbyn hits peak beard as temperature soars to the highest for 40 years

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit ‘Peak Beard’ as temperatures were predicated to soar to 34C in some areas on Wednesday, the highest since 1976.

The campaigners say that Mr Corbyn’s trimmed beard style is ideal for hot weather and is already setting new beard trends.
The trimmed beard can protect against the sun but will not cause over heating due to the density of follicles.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, it’s clear that on MidSummer’s Day Jeremy Corbyn is not only setting the political weather he is also revolting into style with a beard that is promoting a new trend across the hirsute world.