Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Another strange tale of Eric Pickles

The trouble with writing a blog post about Eric Pickles is that just when you think he’s dug down to a whole new unbeatable low, he finds himself a better shovel and heads down deeper. So today we have the news of the latest round of local government cuts which are about as awful as […]

Eric Pickles’ bin fetish

For what sins committed in a previous life have we found ourselves inflicted with Eric Pickles in this one? I’ve written many times about the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, each time sure that he’s reached a new nadir, that he can go no lower, and then every time he confounds expectations […]

Regional Policy Committee election result

I don’t have the full result yet, but I have been informed that, along with Janet Nunn and Nigel Quinton, I’ve been elected as one of the members of the East of England Liberal Democrat Regional Policy Committee. Thank you to everyone who voted for me – I look forward to having the chance to […]

Eric Pickles wins quote of the day

Discussing the Cabinet’s Jubilee gift to the Queen: Asked whether she might have enough table mats already before today’s gift, Mr Pickles said: “One can never have too many table mats.” Further comment is superfluous. Related PostsWorth Reading 59: Alaska, Cuba and Hawaii Does Eric Pickles actually possess a brain?

Introversion and politics

I’ve recently finished reading Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking which I found interesting, though it suffered a little from trying to cover a lot of territory. There were many times when it felt like she’d just begun to explore an area and then turned away […]

A women’s Tour of Britain

Jennie’s post on the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire reminded me of a Twitter conversation I had a while ago with Richard Gadsden where we discussed the possibility of creating a major women’s cycling race in Britain. One of the reasons for the Tour de France coming here in 2014 is because cycling is […]

Agreeing with Simon Heffer

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and his comments on Essex County Council’s Tories are worth noting: Tory-controlled Essex County Council decided this week not to sue their disgraced former leader Lord Hanningfield for the £287,000 of ratepayers’ money he spent flying around the world with cronies and dining in style. This […]

Worth Reading 86: All out of everything

What an Omnishambles: Discussing the state of the Brtish media with Ian Hislop – An interesting and very open interview with the Private Eye editor. Invasion of the cyber hustlers – “The cyber-credo of “open” sounds so liberal and friendly that it is easy to miss its remarkable hypocrisy. The big technology companies that are […]

The first task of Saturday is complete

And the spreadsheet breaking down Have I Got News guests by gender is now updated. After last night, the figures are now: 29.63% of guests this series, and 23.43% overall, have been women 3 out of 9 guest hosts this season have been women, and 23.08% overall Charlotte Church broke a run of six straight […]

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 14th December

122063: Change of use from shop to cafe/restaurant, Queen Street. 122181: Variation of conditions on permission 121289 regarding tree/shrub planting, Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue. Please note that I am a member of the Council’s Planning Committee for this municipal year. This means that I’m required to act in a ‘quasi-judicial’ manner with regard to applications […]