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Even Tories are human

July 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

The television news for the last few days has been full of reports about the situation in Calais. What is really disconcerting about it all is the way the reporters, commentators and anchors manage to avoid using a certain word: people. They always talk about ‘migrants’ doing this, and ‘migrants’ doing that. At no point […]

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Feeling at home

June 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Life, Politics

You know how it is when you walk into a place for the first time and it immediately feels comfortable? You just feel at home there for some reason. Well I have had that sort of feeling twice in the last week with council matters. The first time was when I went down to see […]

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Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends

June 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

It is now about a month since the elections, when I re-joined Crawley council. I left the council (involuntarily) about ten years ago and it has been a little strange being back in the town hall for two main reasons: All the things that have changed All the things that haven’t Both are lists too […]

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In the McThick of it

May 31st, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

Since they had their spectacular success in the recent general election, the SNP have supplied two very potent images. One was when they all turned up for the Queen’s speech wearing matching floral buttonholes and the other was the debate where theygreatly outnumbered all the other parties. That second one was strange because the chamber […]

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Electile dysfunction

May 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

The last day or so went by in a bit of a blur, with frantic last-minute campaigning, the election day stuff itself and then the two election counts and a disrupted sleep cycle. As I am not any sort of political expert, there is zero chance of me composing a reasoned and erudite essay about […]

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Tactical voting

May 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

Sky News were talking about websites that facilitate vote-swapping for people wanting to vote tactically this year, like VoteSwap and Swap My Vote.  I have been lucky in that I have never lived anywhere that tactical voting would have applied for me, Labour has always been 1st or 2nd so a pro-Labour vote is the […]

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No wonder he’s going

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics, Technology

When Francis Maude first talked about combining all the government websites into one big one, that part of me that had worked in IT since before there even was an internet, thought it sounded a bit risky. The principle isn’t too bad: why not provide a single front end, or a portal? It could be […]

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Bert Crane

February 11th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

I am hearing news that Bert Crane has died, which is not unexpected but nonetheless very upsetting. Yes, he was looking quite frail the last time I saw him, but then he was apparently not expected to live very long when he left the forces yet managed to go on to serve as a councillor […]

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A new MP for Horsham

February 1st, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

Whatever happens in May, Horsham will have a new MP because Francis Maude has announced that he is standing down. It will be interesting to see who is chosen there because Horsham is the sort of place where the Tories can win easily even when their candidate is unpopular with many people because of blatant […]

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Fact of the day

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

Did you know that if you hold a large seashell to your ear you can hear the deafening silence of UKIP complaining about the London Ambulance Service bringing 175 foreigners into the country to be paramedics, with plans to have another overseas recruitment drive in September.

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