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WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa. 25 June, 2021 - 05:36am 21 views

Is Winston leaving Mumford and Sons?

Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall has announced that he is leaving the band after 14 years. The news comes after the 33-year-old was involved in controversy when he tweeted his admiration for a book by controversial right-wing American journalist Andy Ngo. The IndependentWinston Marshall quits Mumford & Sons after Andy Ngo controversy: ‘It’s been no easy decision’

Why did Winston Marshall leave Mumford and Sons?

LONDON — Winston Marshall, a founding member of folk-rock group Mumford & Sons, announced Thursday that is leaving the band so that he can "speak freely" about political issues. ... Marshall said he plans to undertake new creative projects, "as well as speaking and writing on a variety of issues." USA TODAYMumford & Sons guitarist quits band so he can speak 'freely' against 'political extremism'

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Local police departments in Pennsylvania have been barred from using radar to catch speeding drivers, but that could change under a bill that passed in the Senate this week.

Police said measuring how fast cars are going without a radar gun isn't always easy.

"It's a little bit difficult because of the devices that we're permitted to use," Derry Township Police Chief Garth Warner said.

Warner said officers can track drivers' speed by using their own speedometers, looking at stopwatches or deploying infrared equipment. However, that equipment is not always practical.

"Normally for us, an officer will set up the device, and within 15 minutes to half an hour they're asked to respond to a call, so it's a difficult process to go through," he said.

Groups like the National Motorists Association worry the legislation could lead to speed traps. They said there could also be accidents, as drivers slam on the brakes to avoid tickets.

"It's very difficult to fight these kinds of tickets if you're from out of town and even if you're in town because a lot of this money is used for towns to make up their budgets," said Shelia Dunn, with the National Motorists Association.

The bill does limit where and when radar can be used and how fast someone has to be going in order to be cited based on radar data. It also limits revenue for municipalities to 10% of their operating budget.

The bill is now awaiting a vote in the House.

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Mumford & Sons Guitarist Winston Marshall Departs Band For Political Reasons

American Songwriter 25 June, 2021 - 02:16am

In a Medium post, published on Thursday (June 24), Mumford & Sons guitarist Winston Marshall announced his permanent departure from the popular folk/rock band. “As you might imagine it’s been no easy decision,” he writes, reflecting upon his entire journey with the group since their early days in 2007.

The news comes after a brief hiatus back in March following a tweet in which he praised a book called Unmasked, written by right-wing author-activist Andy Ngo. “Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man,” he wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

“Over the course of 24 hours it was trending with tens of thousands of angry retweets and comments,” he now reflects. “I failed to foresee that my commenting on a book critical of the Far-Left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right.

“Despite being four individuals we were, in the eyes of the public, a unity. Furthermore it’s our singer’s name on the tin. That name was being dragged through some pretty ugly accusations, as a result of my tweet,” he continues. “The distress brought to them and their families that weekend I regret very much. I remain sincerely sorry for that. Unintentionally, I had pulled them into a divisive and totemic issue. Emotions were high. Despite pressure to nix me they invited me to continue with the band. That took courage, particularly in the age of so called ‘cancel culture.’ I made an apology and agreed to take a temporary step back.”

Marshall goes on to detail his inward journey of “reflecting, reading and listening” over the last few months, claiming, “My commenting on a book that documents the extreme Far-Left and their activities is in no way an endorsement of the equally repugnant Far-Right. The truth is that reporting on extremism at the great risk of endangering oneself is unquestionably brave. I also feel that my previous apology in a small way participates in the lie that such extremism does not exist, or worse, is a force for good.”

Ultimately, he hopes “in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences. I leave with love in my heart and I wish those three boys nothing but the best. I have no doubt that their stars will shine long into the future. I will continue my work with Hong Kong Link Up and I look forward to new creative projects as well as speaking and writing on a variety of issues, challenging as they may be.”

Read the full post over on Medium.

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Twitter divided over Winston Marshall’s quitting Mumford & Sons after Andy Ngo controversy

The Independent 25 June, 2021 - 01:54am

The banjoist left the band this week, following a backlash he received when he tweeted his admiration for a book by controversial right-wing American journalist Andy Ngo in March.

In a lengthy post on Medium, the musician explained that it had been “no easy decision”, as he detailed his time as a founding member of the British folk-rock group.

“I failed to foresee that my commenting on a book critical of the Far-Left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right,” he wrote.

Marshall said that, while he had experienced abuse as a figure in the public eye before, this was “another level”, and was also affecting his friends and bandmates.

Many people have praised Marshall for his “integrity” on Twitter and said his decision to leave the band was “heartbreaking”.

Others have poked fun at the folk-rock group, saying it’s quite a feat being considered too right-wing in a band that has been mocked over the years for its Conservative-leaning politics. In 2018, Marshall and fellow band members Ben Lovett and Ted Dwayne were photographed in the recording studio with conservative YouTube personality and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson.

Marshall co-founded Mumford & Sons in 2007 with singer Marcus Mumford, Lovett and Dwayne.

They released four albums together, including their 2009 debut Sigh No More, and 2012’s Babel, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year.

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