Saturday, 18 May 2013

Saturday Six 34 - Poverty, Equal Marriage, Texas and Pulled Pork

It's Saturday, so here's another six blogposts and articles that I've seen and thought worthy of some note over the past week:

First up, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report into attitudes to poverty and welfare. The Guardian reports that this suggests that attitudes towards those who claim state support are hardening amongst Labour supporters. Over on Lib Dem Voice, Stephen Tall looks at how the figures breakdown across the political spectrum.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returns to the commons this week, with news that the Government is not in favour of using the Bill to allow Humanists to conduct legally recognised marriages. The British Humanist Association reports on the issue here - and the efforts by 7 MPs (including Bristol West's Stephen Williams) to amend the bill.

Unfortunately, there are a number of other amendments to the bill and some are not nearly so helpful. Caron Lindsay reports on Lib Dem Voice that free votes are to be given to our MPs - although there are some that even those against the bill should not even countenance voting for.

Regular readers will know I love me a bit of Texas - whose new album comes out on Monday and whom I have ticket to see in November. Last week they performed a couple of gigs as party of the promotion of the new album - here's a review of the Glasgow gig at legendary venue, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. They also did  a turn on BBC2's Later... with three songs from the album, and Spiteri and Holland covering "How Sweet It Is" - it's worth looking it up on iPlayer.

Finally, my friend Jo relates the latest details of her next charity dining event... The Stars and Stripes Supper Club. Having been one of those at the Pulled Pork tasting, I'm looking forward to it more than ever now.


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