Archive for the ‘National Politics’ Category

Denis Macshane – “I want to be an MP, I don’t want to grapple with all this bureaucracy”

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Well, I hate to break it to you, Mr Macshane, but I think most of the population echo your feelings - they'd like to be getting on with the job, rather than being held up with the vast amount of bureaucracy that impedes them, particularly those in the public sector, ...

Focusing on the real stuff

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I am amazed. The government still seems to be able to spend time interfering in the most ludicrous areas. Now I don't have much time for Gordon Brown as he continues to impersonate Canute (actually that's unfair on Canute, who was trying to prove a point) by shouting about how people ...

Post Offices

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The death by 1000 cuts goes on and on. What makes this so insidious is that the slow death is beating down people's resolve; although the politicians are lining up to make it an issue, and there is clearly public support for such a campaign, it seems that ...

How to deal with Terrorism….

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Before you start locking people up for as long as you think necessary to appeal to certain members of the core target audience identified by your political focus groups, try and avoid leaving vital security documents on the train. Might be an idea. Apart from the ridiculous timing of this, it ...

42 Days and David Davis

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

For those who know me, this won't be much of a surprise, but I am hopping made about this government's continued assault on civil liberties, and I support David Davis wholeheartedly in putting a little passion and reality, and, again one of my hobby-horses, public engagement back into politics. I heard ...

That’s why Dorset is subsidising the North…

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

If you had any doubts as to why it is that we in Dorset receive such a small (relatively) grant from what the tax man has horded centrally, then take a look at this. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/7422181.stm Of course, I thought it was simple gerrymandering and the government funding its own constituencies (remember ...

Representation and Local Issues

Friday, March 7th, 2008

One of the first bits of training I received upon election was with regards the Code of Conduct. It's long. It's unwieldy. It's been rewritten. It's still long, and unwieldy. It is, of course, not publicly understood. And it has an extraordinary effect. Broadly speaking, if a councillor has expressed a ...

Roadworks on Shaftesbury Road in Gillingham

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

It is rewarding to see that some work is being done to repair the shaftesbury road leading out of Gillingham, through the Ham ward. (See a report in the Western Gazette, here). There are clearly some issues, exacerbated by the postal strike, about communications regarding this work, and there will doubtless ...

Is there an alternative to the dirty game of politics?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Cynicism in politics is at an all-time high, and not surprisingly. Gordon Brown showed his colours plainly enough over the "non-election", the Lib-Dems have just had another bout of regicide, and - for completeness - the Conservatives are not getting ringing plaudits for putting policy ahead of presentation. (There is ...

So Brown has bottled it

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

For all his explanation, the truth is that the polls made it far too close to call, and so he felt he couldn't - to borrow from Neil Kinnock - "grind the Tories into the dust". In fact, if the polling is to be believed, all three possibilities were on ...