This video is of the formal switch on of Mark Titchner’s Beacon in central Luton on 9 December 2016. A lightbox installation on the end wall of the Hat Factory Arts Centre facing the approach from Luton’s central railway station.

I wrote yesterday about As You Change, So Do I the public realm arts programme currently under way in Luton. Last Friday I went along to the formal launch of ‘Beacon’ the signature piece of the programme which challenges with the declaration “if you can dream it you must do it”.


I’ve used the example of the South Shields constituency in the North East several times when writing about the issue of safe seats and how they make a powerful argument for electoral reform (The new MP for South Shields has been chosenI live in a Rotten Borough, and The South Shields by-election and Lazy Labour) so I thought I’d post this. I will remind you that it is the only seat in existence since the Great Reform Act of 1832 to have never elected a Conservative MP and that the Labour party have held the seat without interruption since 1935.

This video of a report from Channel 4 News of West Country Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg visiting South Shields is mostly a curiosity. I usually find Rees-Mogg intensely irritating — but in this to be fair he does come across as a bit more of an engaging personality. The video doesn’t tell us anything more profound than that the Conservative Party doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting anyone elected there — but it is a useful illustration of why our political parties in effect abandon parts of the country.


Last year BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme created a Power List of who they thought were “the 100 most powerful women in the UK”. While and interesting exercise I thought the list itself was somewhat flawed — but these videos that they produced to go along with it are excellent. A really useful starting point for thinking about how to exercise power in modern Britain.