Monthly Archives: February 2013

The case for housing reform

Lefties nationally and locally are trying to stir up controversy over the coalition’s plans to reform housing benefit.  There is plenty of irony here.  Firstly, it is Labour that left the country bankrupt before the last general election yet they … Continue reading

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Italy in crisis – there but for First Past the Post go we ….

Italy is in crisis with a hung bicameral parliament after recent elections. The Dow Jones is down; the Euro is falling; the world holds its breath while the third largest economy in Europe faces a period of uncertainty while politicians … Continue reading

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An inclusive society

I never normally blog about Freemasonry particularly on this, a political blog, because Freemasonry forbids discussion of religious or political issues within a Lodge room.  However, I am breaking my usual rule of silence, having read an article in The Daily … Continue reading

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Gove is winning the battle for children’s futures

So, Michael Gove has caved in to the parties of reaction. The teacher unions, labour and the liberals are all committed to the god of equality which, in their view, proscribes any action that fails to treat all children exactly … Continue reading

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Learning with no lingo

I understand there is a debate going on within government about the availability of interpreters to people taking the UK driving test who cannot speak English. I am at a total loss to understand why there is any need for … Continue reading

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An outbreak of planning good sense

I have had plenty of opportunities to rail against Cherwell’s approach to planning so am pleased to report a recent outbreak of good planning sense.  This is not down to Cherwell planning officers who recommended refusal nor to County Council … Continue reading

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Paying for politics

I would not normally consider starting a debate on this issue but Eric Pickles has recently announced an intention to abolish the right of councillors to join their council’s pension scheme. He justified this in the following words:  “We have … Continue reading

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