Monthly Archives: February 2015

Critical Mass – a threat to London pedestrians

I was walking tonight from Great Queen Street in Holborn to a hotel in Southampton Row.  I took a familiar route by the back doubles to avoid the huge crush around Holborn tube station but was somewhat alarmed to hear … Continue reading

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The last straw – a sad end to two careers

Dennis Healey brought the phrase “silly billy” to public notice with some help from Mike Yarwood.  I can think of no better way of describing the performance of Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind when interviewed for a consultancy with a … Continue reading

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Green gobbledegook

You have to watch this interview with Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party  If you don’t, you probably won’t believe how awful it is.  In an LBC interview with Nick Ferrari, she tries to explain how the Greens would … Continue reading

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Axing a council Chief Executive

When I stood down as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, I took a self-denying ordinance that I would not comment on or criticise the actions of my successors. I was determined not to be a back-seat driver and I retain … Continue reading

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The gap between the poor and the rich

I don’t suppose you would expect me to feel any liking for Ed Miliband and you are right.  In fact, I feel complete horror that he might end up as this country’s next Prime Minister.  The reason is simple.  Miliband … Continue reading

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Black Boy under new management

Rumour has it that the Black Boy Inn, Milton will soon be under new management.  Contracts are expected to be exchanged on Monday 16 February 2015 with completion scheduled for later in the month. Marco Pierre-White’s regime will come to … Continue reading

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Council cabinets

An editorial in the Daily Telegraph of Thursday 5 February called for the scrapping of local council cabinets following news that the entire cabinet of Rotherham Council has resigned after publication of Louise Casey’s report into child abuse in Rotherham. … Continue reading

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