Monthly Archives: April 2011

Go on, AV it.

Alternative vote or first past the post.  Those are the choices on offer.  Not the greatest choice ever I must say, but given that is what we have, I’m backing AV. If I hadn’t my mind up before, all that … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown. Right for the IMF?

I had a listen to this speech recently that Gordon Brown gave at the Institute for New Econonic Thinking conference at Bretton Woods. I never thought Gordon would do well as prime minister.  Not because of anything to do with … Continue reading

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Climate and policy, links beyond Gaia

I haven’t yet had a post about climate change on this blog and thought it was probably about time it got a look in.  My approach on this, like on other things, will be to say it like I see … Continue reading

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Stephen Gilbert on ‘understanding’ the deficit

I’ve been reading Stephen’s Westminster View column in the Cornish Guardian over the last couple of weeks about the budget, and then about what the deficit is.  I can’t help feeling that I’m being talked to like a small child … Continue reading

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Unaffordable Affordable Rents

Government left itself a bit of problem.  In it’s rush to cut spending on everything and anything it slashed the Homes and Communities Grant programme.  Trouble is, there hasn’t been a fat lot of private house building recently and since … Continue reading

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Live within your means. Increase your debt to £77K

Yes load of nonsense isn’t it?  I’m sitting here while one of the lighter weight Tory ministers is spouting on Newsnight.  You know, that same old story that the marketing men have told them to keep pumping out: “We cannot … Continue reading

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Councillors need to know about New Homes Bonus

Some months ago I tried to engage with my own counciller Steve Double.  Admittedly anonymously, but I have my reasons.  Steve had shown some interest in encouraging residents to get involved and I was quite impressed.  He was also writing … Continue reading

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