Archive for September, 2007

Gillingham Leisure Centre – first sight of the Phoenix

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

The expoáof the Three Rivers proposals for a replacement leisure centre have been on show at the Town Hall in Gillingham for the last three days; and while there's a lot still to be done, it looks very impressive. By Saturday afternoon they'd already had 600 people through the doors, ...

How thorny a subject is immigration?

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Listening to Any Questions this evening, I was struck by how immigration has become a topic that can be talked about by the political classes again. Well almost. There does at last seem to be consensus that it should be talked about and is no longer a forbidden topic. But ...

The Royal Oak

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Here's a comment I wrote in my diary at the beginning of the year: Wednesday night, having a quick pint in our village pub, tucked away in the bucolic idyll of north dorset. Fire roaring, horse brasses hanging off the wall, ôhopping hareö the guest beer, and a letter of thanks ...

Post Offices… (then Job Centres next…)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

This government has no knowledge or concern for the rural areas of Britain. Worse than that it can at times be truly callous in its dismantling of rural life (I am not in this instance talking of hunting, although I think that Tony Blair showed political cowardice of the lowest ...