Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mitchell quits

No – not this Mitchell.  Andrew Mitchell, cycling and cursing Chief Whip has resigned his position after some pretty strong messages from his party colleagues. I said he had to go in my 21 September Blog and it has taken … Continue reading

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Adding to employment burdens

The coalition government has announced a widening of the provision of maternity and paternity leave, allowing partners (I am sure I should not say husbands and wives!) to share their entitlement to maternity/ paternity leave. I have to save that … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Baroness Thatcher celebrates her 87th birthday today.  She is and will remain my political hero and I wish her many happy returns. She gave the world “Thatcherism”.  She gave it, not just to this country but to most of the … Continue reading

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Supporting the Military

I attended the Royal British Legion launch of their guide to the Community Covenant at Conference on Monday evening. Oxfordshire County Council was the first local authority in the country to sign the Community Covenant. The purpose of the Covenant … Continue reading

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Turning Communities Around

Strong stuff at Conference this afternoon from Eric Pickles & Iain Duncan-Smith and what the Party troops need to hear. Eric Pickles spoke first and gave clear pledges on the Green Belt and strengthening councils’ powers to deal with traveller … Continue reading

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MPs need to learn to make speeches

I have just watched someone called Karen Bradley who is apparently a MP mumble and stumble through a short conference speech to introduce the afternoon session. She clearly had not studied the words provided to her nor practised them sufficiently. … Continue reading

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Good one, George!

A Daily Telegraph reporter suggested that this conference was more critical for George Osborne than it was for DC.  Well, George spoke this morning in the Symphony Hall and I was there as were DC, Phillip Hammond, Michael Gove and … Continue reading

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A good start to conference

The Conservative Party Conference got off to a good start for me and Lynda with our canal side drinks reception at our canal boat home for the week, MV Princethorpe. We welcomed friends from the world of politics and local … Continue reading

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When the planning system fails

Politics is often portrayed by the media as a black and white affair but it is usually not as simple as that.  I have been highly critical in my blogs about the impact on my villages of bad planning decisions. … Continue reading

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A new dimension on a quick pint …..

I have been drinking at The Black Boy Inn at Milton in North Oxfordshire for 20 years or more and I have seen its fortunes wax and wane.  My quiet drink on Tuesday was interesting because I was the only customer and … Continue reading

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