Scottie Press: A Liverpool Institution

Celebrating 47 years and counting of independent local news and opinions Yesterday morning I spent  a couple of hugely enjoyable hours in the office of, arguably, Liverpool’s most opinionated newspaper, talking about? ‘The power of local news in communities and the role Scottie Press has in the regeneration of north Liverpool’ Well so the paper’s […]

Home as a Human Right: Ten Thoughts

On believing in everyone having a secure home as a human right.  This is roughly the text of my talk to the Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party on the evening of 22nd May 2018. ✹ From a lifetime working in and around housing and communities and at the request of the Walton Constituency Labour Party […]

Eldon Grove: Own a box in front of a piece of Liverpool history?

It’s been a while since I wrote about Eldon Grove on here, but I’ve been talking about it with a friend today who asked me how it was doing? People do, knowing how much I care about the place. Well anyway here’s how. It’s got site boards. As you can see it’s coming soon in […]

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

Early in May this year writer and journalist Lynsey Hanley, together with a producer from BBC Radio 4 came and interviewed me for a series of programmes they were planning about the history of social housing. I was glad to do this as Liverpool had a significant role in the early development of council housing. […]

One Special Day

All days are special, especially this one. So I decide I’ll walk around and photograph it, as I tend to do. Friday 20th January, 2017. Yes, the day the world gets a chauvinist thug as President of the USA. And deciding the day is too special and beautiful to spoil it with any more thoughts […]

Walking with Municipal Dreams

From LFC to Eldon Grove, talking history, housing and the beauty of hills. I’m on my way to meet John Boughton, renowned blogger as ‘Municipal Dreams’ and his partner Michele Grant, to go walking. They live in London and have done for many years, but Michele grew up here in Liverpool. And all suspecting that as […]