Monthly Archives: July 2013

This Year’s Pickles Silly Season Gimmick

Every summer my good friend ( yes I am joking) Eric Pickles comes out with something so absurd that you know that it totally incapable of implementation and is designed to appeal to the outer reaches of loony conservatism – … Continue reading

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Government Action on Payday Lending

Over the past few days the debate has raged over how to deal with pay day lenders, loan sharks and even worse and more aggressive types of lending practice. It was unfortunate that the C of E was found to … Continue reading

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Making the Case for Europe

I am a European. I woke up this morning in a part of Europe called Liverpool; Liverpool is part of the North of England; the North of England is part of England; England is part of Great Britain; Great Britain … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Lloyds Bank

Very few things make my blood boil than getting a communication from a jobsworth which is pointless and resource consuming. I have just had one from a Bank in connection with an account for part of the Liberal Democrats. It … Continue reading

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What is an Opposition Leader for?!

This may seem a funny question to ask and particularly to do so on a day when we have a full council. I am sure that Labour colleagues will wish to express an opinion on this and will do so … Continue reading

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Royal Mail Privatisation?

I had an interesting meeting last week with George Thomson, the general secretary of the National Union of Subpostmasters to discuss what steps would need to be taken to create a viable network of post offices if Post Office Ltd is…

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The Importance of Local Retailers

My 1,900 Twitter followers will know that on average I retweet about 10 tweets a day which relate to local retailers. I do not use all these retailers. Some sell things that I am personally not interested in and for … Continue reading

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