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Campaigners ask: can a beard save Nick Clegg?

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE

22nd April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

CAMPAIGNERS ASK: CAN A BEARD SAVE NICK CLEGG?

clegg_beard_3

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said following the news that the Liberal Democrats have a taken a significant lead in the poll to determine which party is running the most Beard Friendly election campaign for May 7th, the influential website Liberal Democrat Voice has asked if LibDem leader Nick Clegg should grow a beard.

His opponent in Sheffield, Labour’s Oliver Coppard has a beard and may be gathering some of the traditional Liberal hirsute vote in the absence of a Clegg beard

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, some may say it is too late for Nick Clegg to change now but a beard would clearly distinguish him from the clean shaven Tory politics of David Cameron.

Beard Friendly election campaign poll

https://kmflett.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/boost-for-libdems-as-they-take-big-beard-poll-lead/

Liberal Democrat Voice on the Clegg beard

http://www.libdemvoice.org/lib-dems-on-48-in-poll-really-45571.html

 

BLF 2015 Election Manifesto

The Beard Friendly Charter

Beardism- pogonophobia in the Greek- is irrational prejudice against the hirsute and should be outlawed by Act of Parliament so that, for example, it becomes illegal for employers, private and public, to refuse someone a job on the grounds of their appearance.

There should be positive action to increase the number of hirsute MPs which is currently at a deplorably low level.

There must be a Government commitment to increase the number of hirsute public employees year on year and for the number of beards in senior civil service roles to be monitored

All people should be able to dress and appear as they want and this should be a cornerstone of public employment policy.

Discrimination against the hirsute at work and in social settings must end and this can be addressed partly by promoting positive images of the hirsute- for example TV news readers.

Stereotyping of the hirsute, is wrong and the ‘man with a beard’ caricature, although it is often meant in a light hearted way, must be understood as potentially offensive

 

 

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some research questions for beard wearers

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2015 by kmflett

these questions are from a graphic communication student at Bath Spa University. Any questions on the questions to the mail address below (not me). If you have a few minutes to spare though, do respond.

BEARD QUESTIONNAIRE

 I am student studying Graphic Communication. I am currently working on a project based on a group of people that share a common interest; I have chosen people with Beards. I will be using this questionnaire for research to help me with this project.

 

  1. How long have you had a beard?

 

 

  1. Why did you decide to grow a beard, is there a particular reason?

 

 

  1. How long did it take to grow your beard?

 

 

  1. How do you maintain your beard? If you so how often?

 

 

  1. Have you always had the same style of beard?

 

 

  1. If you were to describe your beard in one word, what would this be?

 

 

  1. What do you think about the current fashion for beards?

 

 

OTHER COMMENTS: If you have any other comments about beards in general then please include them.

 

 

I would really appreciate it if are happy to send me a picture of your beard, it doesn’t have to be your whole face, just the lower half to show your beard.

 

Please send your responses to: lolamartin2907@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Campaigners warn time is running out for Ed Miliband to grow an Election winning beard

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

press release                                              21st April

 

Contact keith flett                                           07803 167266

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CAMPAIGNERS WARN TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR ED MILIBAND TO GROW AN ELECTION WINNING BEARD

Keir Hardie

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has warned that time is running out for Ed Miliband to grow an Election winning beard. The campaign group is polling supporters on whether the Labour leader would make more impact on May 7th with a beard.

Under Blair’s New Labour the clean shaven man in suit became the central image of the Party but Labour has a proud history of facial hair from Keir Hardie to Clem Attlee

On Monday Ed Miliband told the Scottish TUC that he has a picture of Keir Hardie on his wall, and the BLF believes he cannot fail to have noticed his famous Election winning beard.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the jury is out on whether Labour is a beard friendly party or not under Ed Miliband. However a hirsute Ed Miliband versus a clean shaven David Cameron would certainly make May 7th interesting image wise.

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Trade Unionists back protest in support of Tottenham Sainsbury’s security guard

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2015 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Union Council

Press Release 20th April

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

TRADE UNIONISTS BACK PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF TOTTENHAM SAINSBURY’S SECURITY GUARD

Haringey Trades Union Council has said that it backed a protest on Monday 20th April in Tottenham in support of a Sainsbury’s security guard, Kevin Hull who faces possible dismissal after objecting to anti-social shift patterns.

The security guard works at Sainsbury’s in West Green Rd Tottenham and the protest took place at the branch at the junction of Terront Rd N15.

The well attended protest including union activists from Unite the Union, Haringey TUC officers and supporters of political parties including numbers from the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition early on Monday evening-a  peak shopping period.

Kevin Hull, who is directly employed by Securitas who provide Sainsburys security, was called in by management a month ago and told he would be moved to a late shift only pattern instead of a mixture of shifts. When he objected to this change which had taken place without consultation with his Union Unite, he was told he would face disciplinary action

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, Supermarkets like Sainsburys are large employers in areas like Tottenham but that doesn’t give them or the contractors they employ the right to treat employees like slaves, arbitrarily changing their working conditions.

 

 

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Kevin Pietersen in Cardiff: Court in Session

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2015 by kmflett

Kevin Pietersen in Cardiff: Court in Session

 

Unlike it would seem numbers, I don’t have particularly strong views about the former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen and whether or not he might play for the national team again.

I get that Pietersen is probably a rather awkward and possibly somewhat annoying character but the key criteria for playing for England should surely be whether he can add something to the team’s performance.

As a union officer I work with people I like and people I don’t like and often reflect that while its nice to be with nice people quite often it’s the not so nice people one has to look to get something done, possibly because they aren’t so nice. In a socialist society it would all be very different but meanwhile..

Anyway on 19th April the chance came up at quite short notice to see Pietersen’s return to County Cricket for Surrey. It has been billed  as potentially his way back to the England team.

For whatever reason Glamorgan offered free tickets for the day at the SWALEC (which is walking distance from the house I reside in with Megan in Cardiff) and even more improbably the weather forecast suggested no rain

As it turned out the weather was warm enough to slightly singe my beard and by the afternoon several thousand had come in.

Surrey won the toss and batted (obviously in the circumstances). Pietersen, batting No.4 appeared shortly after lunch, hung around for an hour, played a couple of decent strokes and then holed out for 19.

As often in recent Pietersen innings concentration levels didn’t always seem to be at the highest but that is only an impression. Aside from turning up and turning out instead of being at the IPL I doubt that innings did anything to make Pietersen’s case for a return to England either way.

Media interest there was of course a plenty and sitting just by the Pavilion I noted limited applause when Pietersen walked to the wicket and no obvious boos.

Whether people had turned up to see him or because it was a nice Spring day and free to get in is a moot point. Certainly few left when Pietersen was out, and in the meantime Sangakkara scored a well measured century as did his partner Davies.

So the jury remains out,unless that is you’re one of those who hates or loves Pietersen of course..

 

 

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The Ambridge Socialist: Are the Wurzels set to play The Bull Upstairs?

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2015 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

April 19th  CONTACT  KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 65 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Could the Wurzels play the Bull Upstairs?

Ed has picked up the keys to his brand new and apparently very large tractor. Ok it is not a combine harvester but it has clearly still impressed Emma. The next step is obvious. It is more than time that the Wurzels or at the very least Eddie Grundy’s Wurzels tribute band played the Bull Upstairs.

Thanks to Nicholas Lezard for the storyline

Court in Session: Dr Richard Locke tests Rob Titchener’s DNA

Titchener complains it’s like the Gestapo but that is only because he is guilty.

Lillian does botox on radio

The BBC has reported that Lillian has had botox treatment. Brian, effusive in his praise, may be the next candidate. Actually however on radio it doesn’t really matter..

In Other News

Despite swearing on his copy of Wisden, Alastair has gone home early. Shula rings the Doctor…

Pip wants to see David’s 5 Year Plan. Wisely he declines to provide it  

Coming Soon

The Ambridge Socialist Election Special

 

 

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Boost for LibDems as they take big Beard Poll lead

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2015 by kmflett

Beard  Liberation Front

Press release 18th April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Boost for LibDems as they take big Beard Poll lead

huppert

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, which is pressing parties standing in the General Election on May 7th to come clean and state whether or not they support a Beard Friendly Britain has said that the Liberal Democrats who have been languishing in single figures in most Election polls have received a boost with news that they are on 40% in the poll to find the most Beard Friendly Party standing for election.

The LibDems are well ahead of the Greens who currently have 17% of the vote and Labour and UKIP on 13%.

The campaign says that it is entirely up to voters to decide but a key criteria is how Parties are prepared to go in signing up to the BLF Beard Friendly Britain Manifesto (below)

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, of course the LibDem leadership is as clean shaven and suited as other parties but the LibDems still do retain some of their traditional hirsute following. The LibDem candidate for Cambridge Julian Huppert, for example, is a former winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award.

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BLF 2015 Election Manifesto

The Beard Friendly Charter

Beardism- pogonophobia in the Greek- is irrational prejudice against the hirsute and should be outlawed by Act of Parliament so that, for example, it becomes illegal for employers, private and public, to refuse someone a job on the grounds of their appearance.

There should be positive action to increase the number of hirsute MPs which is currently at a deplorably low level.

There must be a Government commitment to increase the number of hirsute public employees year on year and for the number of beards in senior civil service roles to be monitored

All people should be able to dress and appear as they want and this should be a cornerstone of public employment policy.

Discrimination against the hirsute at work and in social settings must end and this can be addressed partly by promoting positive images of the hirsute- for example TV news readers.

Stereotyping of the hirsute, is wrong and the ‘man with a beard’ caricature, although it is often meant in a light hearted way, must be understood as potentially offensive

 

 

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