Archive for October, 2007

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 ...

NEW DATE FOR The Showground Development Meeting

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

It looks like a date has been set for a dedicated meeting of the Full Council of NDDC, to hear the next stage of the application for the development of the Turnpike Showground by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show Society. The meeting will be on the 20th November, in Blandford. It ...

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

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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 ...

And so it rumbles on…

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The saga that is the planning application to build a pavilion at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground continued yesterday when the development committee at North Dorset met at a special meeting at the Royal Chase in Shaftesbury to discuss the application.รก The marathon meeting, at about 4 1/2 hours, eventually ...

Has Gordon Brown overdone it?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I've been at the Conservative Conference in Blackpool the last couple of days, and it's been exhilarating. To be honest I'm enough of a political junkie that it always does, and I am equally fascinated by the crucible of policies (typically outside of the main stage, although surprisingly mainstage this ...

What do the Liberal Democrats stand for, apart from Europe?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

A few days ago I heard Vince Cable, for the Lib Dems, arguing for a "pupil premium" that could be used to pay for education. The idea is that if parents have such a "premium", they can shop for education with it - indeed he even went as far as ...