Lib Dems trashed in the election yesterday

Liberalism us Liberal Democrats were trashed in the election yesterday.

Not decimated – that was when the Romans excecuted one in ten of hostages in a ‘pacification’ exercise – they’d line them up then go 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 chop 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 chop.

That’s ten per cent executed, ninety per cent left.

If you decimate fifty then you have forty five left.


There were 57 Libdem MPs at the Westminster Parliament before the election two days ago. Only 8 got re-elected. (Maybe we should count that as 56, Mike Hancock Portsmouth MP was a total disgrace from what I’ve heard about it (which isn’t much))

86% lost their votes, only 14% remain!

There’s not an anti tory alliance in the United Kingdom Government debating things, a  liberal green progressive government,  Labour / Libdem / Green / SNP / Plaid / Alliance  like I’d hoped for.

No, there’s now a Conservative majority at Westminster.

It wont be the libdems influencing Camerons first ideas, but his rightwing backbenchers.

Cameron made several uncosted giveaway promises in the last few weeks of the election, not just the NHS 12 billion…

Extending ‘right to buy’ to housing trust properties at a ‘generous’ discount will  mean less housing for the poor.

(cant remember which one I’m thinking of, put this in later? )

Someone on Radio 4 said the Lib Dems are a busted flush

The electorate ‘punishing’ Nick Clegg for the coalition, tuition fees, bedroom tax etc.

But they rewarded Cameron by making him Prime Minister and the Conservatives the Government.

Now the liberals can’t soften any of the Conservatives plans, or veto the Snoopers Charter!

That’s not fair, and its scary, I remember when Thatcher was in charge with a Conservative majority.

I’ll go for advice to my friends in the Green Lib Dems






Thousands of spam comments appearing in my WordPress sites despite having Akismet

1785 comment spams is too many for me to page through and delete, how can i get rid of them? (Akismet is a spam filter)

  • I found a button [Check Spam] which cleared around half of them…
  • Aha – google has found me which says:,go to /wp-admin/, and open edit-comments.php with any text editor …Line 185 should look like this:
    $comments_per_page = apply_filters('comments_per_page', 20, $comment_status);The number 20 defines the filter on the page. Replace it with the number of comments u’d like to display, and upload ur new file over the old one.
  • Hm, a bit scary editing the WP files, is there a plugin?
  • NO, that doesn’t work any more….
  • click the ‘screen options’ tab near the top right of the dashboard – comments pagethen set the ‘show on screen’ number of comments
  • wordpress-comment-spam-four

LibDem Glasgow Conference 2014

libdems201410_one_member_one_voteI’m just back home after a few days in Glasgow at the Liberal Democrats conference, where we voted to liberalise the sex and drugs laws for a safer fairer Britain, to raise some taxes and lower others, and lots of other ideas. What we voted should go in the LibDem manifesto for the 2015 May election for MPs to Westminster (and local councillors). Very interesting. They’ve published lots of the speeches and debates online at

I don’t believe that the Conservative or Labour  Parties would allow their members to say such things at their conference and publish it on the internet.

I didn’t say anything on camera at the main conference, but asked a few questions at some of the fringes.

The main thing I learned is that many people are getting very scared of what Climate Change will do to millions of people on this planet, our long term future, after you and I are dead, ‘our‘ meaning us, humanity.

Roof oak wallplate cracks

hfc-roof-wallplate-cracks20140714How shall I cover these cracks in the oak wallplate before putting the slates back? Any accidental water would sit on the oak, creep down the cracks in it and by the brick chimney and rot it. The cement render on the wall originally came to above the top of the oak, there was a line of bricks along there – but the lime mortar had changed to powder so there was no protection against damp – which would have stayed in there and had no air to dry it out. Maybe I should put a roof batten on top of the oak and then a plastic vent?  And fill the gaps with wood glue? Or paint the top of the oak? and what about the gap between the oak and the chimney brick – silicon mastic? Suggestions please….

George's new blog …