Monthly Archives: January 2011

Housing is about people not buildings

I don’t know whether many of you saw the article in last week’s Inside Housing from SAVE about the Welsh Streets. I have never read such absolute twaddle since I read one of Grant Shapp’s speeches on housing. SAVE and … Continue reading

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Why I am backing Eric Pickles!

There I knew that headline would get your attention! It’s true that I can with undue modesty claim that I am one of the most forthright critics of Ollie and Stanley but even I recognise that even a broken clock … Continue reading

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The Royal Bank of Scotland is a shambles

I doubt that there were many people surprised by the announcement the week before last that RBS the parent of the Nat West Bank had been fined £2.8million for its shoddy handling of complaints. I certainly didn’t raise an eyebrow. … Continue reading

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Campaign for the Abolition of Parliament!

For the past 30+ years I have been in and out of Parliament – for the last ten years quite intensively – certainly as much as some members of parliament! I have never been impressed. The so called ‘Mother of … Continue reading

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Fresh approaches needed for housing

Yesterday I did two interviews for BBC TV on housing – I know that this was picked up by several BBC radio stations as well because of the tweets that I have had. I have been a councillor connected with … Continue reading

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Sorry Ed – You’re taking the p**s!

So Mr. Milliband Junior has been suggesting that dissident Lib Dems should work with Labour. So far so good. I’m a dissident Lib Dem (I’ve been one for years actually) and I am very content to work with Labour at … Continue reading

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Pickles in a pickle

I have been connected with the national side of local government for 16 years. I had my first Ministerial meeting on behalf of Liverpool in 1977 so I do have a bit of history. That historical perspective leads me to … Continue reading

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