The worst thing about April Fool’s Day is how it makes you realise how ridiculous, strange or just unlikely the real news is. You see a story and think “ha ha. What a great joke, well done” and then straight afterwards you see another one that is even less likely and wonder: has the paper […]
Entries Tagged as 'Local Papers'
March 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Politics
Does nobody in Crawley have anything to say? I find that hard to believe, but the Crawley News has a page entitled “Your Views”, which is probably what a focus group or media consultant told them to call the letters to the editor page. Much of the page is taken up by a reader’s photograph, […]
Tags: Local Papers
February 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Politics
I see that the local Tories are continuing to lay into each other in the local press. This time it is all about a spat between current Tory Duncan Crow and his erstwhile colleague Karl Williamson who defected to UKIP. It really is like watching a football game between Argentina and Germany (or between Spurs […]
February 12th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Politics
While nothing I have heard about him makes me inclined to like him, I don’t think the news of Lenny Walker getting the sack as a cabinet member of Crawley council is a good thing. Specifically, it is not a good thing for potential whistleblowers out there. There are two possibilities – either Mr Walker […]
Eleven years into the 21st century (or ten depending on how pedantic you are) the West Sussex County Times has actually decided to think about moving into the 20th century. I have a track record of moaning about the ridulously large format of the WSCT and how impractical it is to read but I always […]
Tags: Local Papers
October 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Life, Politics
Breakfast was made much more amusing today courtesy of the Crawley Observer and what the youth of today would no doubt call an epic fail. In such a busy environment as the Obby offices maybe it does only feel like a few months since May 2010…
August 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · Politics
I have a small readership here (which suits me and I try to keep it that way) but quite a few of them are, or have been, involved in local politics in Crawley or elsewhere. Maybe one of them can enlighten me on something. I am not trying to be provocative or make any sort […]
August 11th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life
I have just seen the story, tucked away towards the back of the Crawley Observer, about Gordon Seekings getting married to Marcella. They may be Lib Dems, but still… all the best to them. I hope everything goes well.
August 1st, 2011 · Comments Off · Politics
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a little about our MP, Henry Smith, and his ‘hyperactive abstention’. One of the local papers mentioned this and managed to get a response from Henry which was a masterpiece of political answers, showing a level of misdirection that a stage conjuror would be proud of.
April 8th, 2011 · 17 Comments · Politics, Technology
There are a few inconsistancies in the Crawley News story about county councillor expenses which are genuinely baffling. One councillor, Brenda Smith, claims that the council’s email system is a secure system which you can’t access using your own computer so you have to have county council hardware to access it. Another councillor, Duncan Crow, […]