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The circus comes to Clacton

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Politics

Today’s ‘shock’ announcement of a Tory MP defecting to UKIP has been a bit of fun for all the non-Tories, but not entirely a shock in some respects. OK, so it wasn’t expected or even hinted at, but once you saw the headline, the identity of the MP in question was far from a shock. […]

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Will the last minister to leave the Foreign Office please turn out the lights

August 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Politics

I have never really taken to Baroness Warsi, but at least she resigned on a matter of principle, unlike Mark Simmonds. I don’t think that being unable to scrape by on many times the average wage really counts as a principle. When I see him complaining that MPs’ expenses can’t pay for him to rent […]

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Caption competition

May 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

Not sure exactly why the Crawley News chose to illustrate a story about a Tory councillor sending a tweet with a picture of him being meerkatted, but surely it is crying out for a better caption than “CONCEDING DEFEAT: Duncan Crow” Any suggestions?

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A Govial evening

April 4th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

We had a Labour constituency meeting tonight, and given recent news stories I couldn’t resist proposing, under any other business, that we invite Michael Gove to Crawley and then leave the minutes with those remarks on a Town Hall photocopier. It would be incorrect to say that we are not enjoying all this, but I […]

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Putting Crawley on the map. Unfortunately.

March 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Politics

Crawley news doesn’t usually travel much further than the Crawley News. Or Crawley Observer.  So it is good that the opinions of one of our local councillors is getting into national/international news channels right? Well maybe not if it is Southgate councillor Liam Marshall-Ascough who has made it into the Huffington Post with his twisted […]

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A logic-free zone

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

The Crawley News has a story this week about a Tory councillor’s reasons for not going to many meetings that he is supposed to be part of. He says that the reason for his poor attendance is that he stopped going to development control committee meetings because they are “a logic-free zone”. He said: I […]

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Civil war in Crawley

February 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · 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 […]

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Some thoughts about flooding

February 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life, Politics

I’ve always had a sort of morbid fascination with floods. Wherever I have lived I have always found myself at some point trying to mentally work out contours and relative heights to reassure myself that I am on high enough ground to not be likely to have my house flooded. I can remember even as […]

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Lenny walks

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 […]

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The planning problem

October 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Politics

Earlier today I came across something that quoted from the Tory plans to relax planning regulations and save the country by building conservatories, and a thought struck me. Cameron (and Clegg) were talking about legislation to make it harder for residents to hold up development and for building to go ahead on the green belt […]

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