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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 23rd November

Just two this week: 122034: Listed Building application for change of use etc, North Hill 121742: Change of use from office to residential, Manor Road. Please note that I am a member of the Council’s Planning Committee for this municipal year. This means…

If Labour won’t listen to Arnie Graf, should the Liberal Democrats?

Yesterday’s Guardian had a very interesting interview with Arnie Graf, a veteran community organiser from Chicago who Ed Miliband brought in to advise on how to change the way the Labour Party works to make it more effective. Graf produced a report with…

Do Tories understand the meaning of ‘localism’?

Two interesting stories from recent weeks that show what a couple of Secretaries of State think of it: From last month, Michael Gove wants more powers to change how schools are run, to stop people having their say over what happens to their…

The dangers of political groupthink

There’s an interesting article on Buzzfeed about American right-wing bloggers and their determination to prove President Obama was somehow unfit or unqualified for office. (Spoiler: they failed) It’s interesting because it’s an examination because even though it doesn’t use the word, it’s an…

Worth Reading 81: A dandy to the power of a Bohemian

Why was turnout so abysmal in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections?? – Great post by Jennie Rigg looking at the reasons. Spoilt Ballots in the PCC Elections: What Do the Numbers Tell Us? – And following that, some data on just how…

Monty Python fans block women directors

The General Council of Monty Python have today rejected moves to enable women to become directors of Monty Python films. This comes twenty years after it was agreed that women could attempt to tell jokes on screen, but were not allowed to ascend…

David Cameron wants to do it without protection

Another week, another big idea from David Cameron to boost the economy. Well, I say another big idea, but it’s just a reiteration of an old one. Yet again, just about the only thing standing in the way of unbridled and unrivalled economic…

Petition watch

A couple of petitions to the Government that people who read this might be interested in signing: Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nov 15th elections : My vote was a “No” vote – I plugged this a lot during the week on social…

Fearing for the future

Jennie Rigg and James Graham have both written posts recently that have touched on issues that have been concerning me. To quote Jennie: And because people are just generally pissed off with politicians, political media, and elections this feeds into the perception that…

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 16th November

There were no new applications in the ward last week, so that’s why there was no update. For this week: 122010: Erection of conservatory, Margaret Road 122013: Advertisement consent for replacement signage, Culver Street West. 121941: Penthouse flat to be added to existing…

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