Bullying

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

A couple of years back, I nearly ended up facing accusations of bullying in the workplace. One of my team had failed to action a key piece of a project, something I'd asked him, twice, to do that day. When I discovered that he still hadn't done it at the ...

Honest Food at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Once again, it was a lovely day for the Gillingham & Shaftesbury show at the Motcombe Showground. We ran a campaign for labelling for honest food; it does remain a scandal that supermarkets and food producers get away with implying (or sometimes downright lying) that food is locally produced when ...

Schools funding

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

For those of us who are prepared to wade through the molasses of spin that Ed Balls and his team produce, it is no surprise that schools budgets are under threat - £200M has recently disappeared, putting tens of thousands of post 16 y-old places at risk. But that has, as ...

60% tax rate

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Amongst the headlines of a 50% rate for over £150K, there is a little sentence on page 106 of the budget report, that tells a lot about this budget, and the government proposing it. "The personal allowance will be reduced at a rate of £1 for every £2 over £100,000 until ...

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 ...

The nasty party

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

In the fall-out from the Crewe and Nantwich by-election there has been general disapproval of the campaign run by Labour. Much has focused on the return to class war, but even more insidious was the "immigration" card; suggestions that by being anti-ID cards, the Conservatives were somehow putting individuals ...