Archive for September, 2009

…oh and Gordon Brown’s revisionism

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I almost missed it. In his list of achievements, Gordon Brown delivered the following four words: “The Cancelling of Debt.” Words fail me.

Localism under Brown

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I am blown away by the absence of any real policy – or even hope – in Gordon' Brown’s speech to conference. This was his opportunity to  paint a picture of what another term in government would do. Instead the whole conference seemed to focus on “change” – I have ...

Jack Straw and the BNP

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I notice that Jack Straw has broken with the Labour party’s policy of not sharing a platform with the BNP, and will be taking part in Question Time on the 22nd October. (Neither the Conservatives nor Liberal Democrats have such a policy, and both have confirmed that they will have ...

Shaftesbury Job Club

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Earlier this year I was at the Conservative Spring Conference, where there was a presentation on the Job Club movement that Conservatives around the country have been promoting. Jane Gould, the extremely talented, dynamic – and recently elected – councillor in Shaftesbury rushed up to me and noted that this ...

A chance encounter, and manners…

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

  Last night I was on the Tube in London. There was a lady of “indeterminate age” in the carriage who was looking a little unsteady as it jolted, so I offered my seat. I was relieved that she accepted, rather than taking affront, and then was commended for ...

NDDC and supporting the local economy

Friday, September 25th, 2009

At the meeting of Full Council today, we endorsed the adoption of a ‘prompt payment code’ across Dorset – a commitment to making sure that invoices are settled in due time. In fact this was already something that we had been trying to ensure, as simple good practice. In ...

The Effect of Threat upon liberals

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

I recently found this piece of research. To me it is of particular interest, because at the moment (on the cusp of some economic "threats" to which the research might allude) there is a vogue towards liberalism and away from social conservatism. This is arguably one of the divisions within ...