Category Archives: Essex

Commuter hell

I know that some of my readers in Colchester and Essex are commuters, suffering the joys of dealing with National Express East Anglia (NXEA) on a regular basis. I’m not a regular commuter any more – though whenever I do travel to London now, I notice just how much worse it is than when I […]

Yes! To Fairer Votes meeting in Colchester

Apologies for the short notice, but I’ve just realised that I haven’t blogged yet about the fact there’s a Colchester meeting for the Yes To Fairer Votes campaign on Saturday afternoon. It starts at 2pm at Magdalen Hall on Wimpole Road. More details here. (Yes, Magdalen Hall is where the local Liberal Democrat offices are […]

Take Back Parliament in Essex

Just a brief note to say that I’ve been informed of a Take Back Parliament (the organisation campaigning for a Yes vote in the referendum on the voting system next year) meeting for Essex that’s happening next Tuesday. It’s at 7.30pm in the Charles Peters Lounge of Chelmsford YMCA. I’ll be going along with at […]

2010 General Election Diary Day 24: The last week is the longest time in politics

You see, this is why more people should be reading my blog. As I noted on Tuesday, when I’d been at the opening of the postal votes here: even if I had seen how people had voted, I’d be committing an offence by telling you how they did So, if Kerry McCarthy had read my […]

Agree with Nick?

If you’re one of the – rather large, judging by the number of people who seem to be Googling it – people who find yourself saying ‘I agree with Nick Clegg’ after last night’s debate, then why not help us in the Liberal Democrats make a difference for Britain? You can easily read our manifesto […]

It must be opposite day

It’s not hard to find the Taxpayers Alliance denouncing governmental waste and criticising elected officials who have wasted public money. So, it’s quite easy to guess what they’re going to say when an MP is ordered to repay £60,000 of his expenses, isn’t it? Come on, have a guess – will it be to demand […]

An apology to Lord Hanningfield

I recently wrote a post based on an article on Conservative Home that appeared to have been written by Lord Hanningfield, the leader of Essex County Council. Having seen the latest in their series of articles by ‘Lord Hanningfield’, it’s clear to me that Conservative Home have clearly been taken in by a clever con, […]

Do as I say. No, just do as I say.

The irony might be amusing if it wasn’t affecting me and the people I represent but Lord Hanningfield, the leader of Essex County Council and a man who’s never shed away from grabbing any power that comes within a few miles of him, believes County Councils should have the power to hold quangos to account. […]

Democracy happens more than once every four years

Thanks to Chris Black for linking to me yesterday and reminding me to write about this story (also covered in the press here). It’s stories like this that make me realise that, for all David Cameron’s cosmetic changes on the surface, the Tories haven’t changed underneath. Maybe they’re good at presenting their caring, sharing face […]