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Solving the Southern Fail problem

October 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Life, Politics

During my daily commute I congratulate myself on transferring away from London to the local branch of my company and replacing an expensive, overcrowded, uncomfortable and unreliable train journey with a 5-minute walk, and even more so on strike days. Mind you, I hear that even non-strike days are now pretty dreadful and for the […]

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The Trump taxes

October 5th, 2016 · Comments Off · Politics

I was not greatly surprised to hear those revelations that Donald Trump declared losses that could have led to him paying no income taxes. I am a little surprised that all the emphasis has been on the not paying taxes bit rather than the making a loss bit. Trump’s main claim has always been that […]

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Things to cut

July 10th, 2016 · Comments Off · Politics

According to the BBC there might be cuts to the defence budget, depite the NATO committment to spend 2% of GDP on it – because GDP is likely to fall by two or three percent after the referendum. If that is the case I do hope the priority stays on things like Chinooks, Bushmasters, decent […]

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Double hats

May 24th, 2016 · Comments Off · Politics

I have been meaning to moan about this for a long time now, and tonight I am going to do it. It is the topic of councillors who serve on both a borough/district and a county council.

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Painting the town red

May 9th, 2016 · Comments Off · Politics

The recent election campaign was one I think I will remember for a long time. With Crawley council having a Labour majority of just one seat it was always going to be a fight to keep control. Of the thirteen seats involved, eight were seats we were defending. Two of them were wards where there […]

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Ethical investment

December 16th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics

It is all likely to kick off a bit in tomorrow’s council meeting because the Tories seem to be unhappy about the council’s proposed ethical investment policy. The proposal is that, when we invest in corporate bonds (which we don’t very often. Most investment is with banks or lending to other councils) we don’t invest […]

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Under new management

September 16th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Politics

At work today… Colleague: So what do you make of your new leader then? Me: Brilliant! He seems to be delivering the goods. I wanted him in charge years ago, but he was all tied up with the Croatian national team… hang on. You mean Jeremy Corbyn don’t you? I may not be the political […]

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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 · Comments Off · 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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