Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Popular East Chesterton campaigner, Kevin Francis, scooped a national award for the third time in a row. Richard Normington congratulated him: "Kevin won the 'Pride in the Job award'. He does a lot of work for East Chesterton residents, showing the same attention, care and dedication. Well done!"
"Taylor Wimpey project manager Kevin Francis has won a top national building industry award for his work at George Wimpey's Lion Mills development in Soham. Kevin began his career as a carpenter in the army, working around the world. This is the third and consecutive time he has won the Pride in the Job quality award given by the National House-Building Council." Cambridge News.
29th September 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Two police officers were told they were breaking the law by caring for each other's children.
More 'Big Brother' from Labour. The regulations were never intended to stop informal arrangements, and it's just further evidence of a Government which believes the state is better at bringing up children than parents. Once again, we need common sense not loopy laws.
Local Lib Dems are spinning how their party’s policies will give residents more say on open spaces.
Cambridge needs sensible planning policies, That is why the Conservatives are committed to strengthening planning controls to prevent over-development of suburbs - as recommended by English Heritage.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The Conservatives are pledged to stop any house tax revaluation and abolish council tax inspectors’ rights of entry into our homes.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Last week, both the Conservative Party and Cambridge’s Lib Dem MP set out alternatives to Labour’s ‘Big Brother’ state and, by the way, to stop taxpayers’ money being wasted on expensive and ineffective IT databases.
The Cambridge News shortened my use of 'Liberal Democrat' in the letter published today [but not available online] to Lib Demo. An interesting choice.
I do feel sorry for the sub-editors. This is the party that was called 'The Social and Liberal Democrats' and insisted on being known as 'Democrats' for short. It changed its name again, and the new 'shortened' version became two words: 'Liberal Democrat'.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Whatever one's views on tuition fees, the policy hokey-cokey at the Lib Dem conference was a farce.
Could it be that he only comes 45th in the list of the 50 most influential Lib Dems?
Why should people spend time trying to save post offices when the postal unions keep going on strike?
The County Council plans to bring forward the Transport Innovation Fund [TIF] bid for money for Chesterton Station and put the final decision on congestion charging back to late in 2010, beyond the General Election which must take place by June.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
One day they are for scrapping tuition fees in higher education, the next day keeping them, and the day after to try to scrap them... but on a future date to be decided.
One day the Lib Dems are calling for 'savage' cuts in spending, the next they are talking about cutting tax without explaining how it will be paid for.
Liberal Democrat supporters who want to see the back of this governmnent must now be in despair. They have a party leadership in greater confusion than Labour's, and which will not commit to supporting a Conservative-led adminstration should there be a hung Parliament. Vote Lib Dem, Get Labour?
The only vote that will remove Labour from government is a Conservative one.
Monday, September 21, 2009
He added, “Justice should be based on individual responsibility and not spurious group rights."
"A lot of work is being done to promote cycling, especially by the County Council, but this takes us down the wrong route. A cycling city like Cambridge needs support, not policies that instigate collective guilt and promote conflict.”
The Times reports, “Government advisers are pushing for changes in the civil law that will make the most powerful vehicle involved in a collision automatically liable for insurance and compensation purposes.” Cycling England, an agency funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), is behind the proposals. It's Chief Executive said, “I would like to see the legal onus placed on motorists when there are accidents.."
21st September 2009
E-cops Update: Cambridgeshire Constabulary's marketing team would like your help. They are currently looking for people to come along and take part in a focus group about their website.
If you'd like to take part, and you're available on either 10-12pm or 2-4pm of Tuesday 29th September, and you can get to police headquarters in Huntingdon, please contact Niki Humphrey on 0345 456 456 4 Ext 8106 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions will last approximately 2 hours and refreshments will be provided.
You don't need to have ever looked at the site before to take part as they will have computer access to it on the day, but if you are already a visitor, then they'd love to know what you think.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
A future Conservative Government will drastically scale back the intrusive and ineffective ‘Big Brother’ state. New policies by Conservatives are pledging to offer an alternative to Whitehall’s curtailment of civil liberties and stop taxpayers’ money being wasted on expensive and ineffective IT databases.
- Conservative proposals include:
- Scrapping the National Identity Register, which will contain personal details of every citizen, and abolishing the Identity Cards that will accompany the database.
- Ditching the ContactPoint database – which holds the names, dates of birth, schools and home addresses of all 11 million children in England until the age of 18, but is entirely separate from the children at risk registers.
- Ending the permanent retention of innocent people’s DNA on the National DNA database.
- Preventing councils from using controversial anti-terror laws to spy on local citizens; surveillance could only be used where necessary to stop a serious crime (involving a custodial sentence) and where a magistrates’ warrant has been obtained.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Every Labour government ends with higher unemployment that when it started, greater national debt levels than when it started, and mutual recrimination with its major paymasters as they use the tail-end of the regime to try to bag benefits that no Conservative would give in to.We need an election sooner, not later
18th September 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A great evening at the Cavendish Laboratory, showcasing how science can be fun.Stacey and I sat in on presentations about crime scenes, water and polymers... if that sounds very dry when seen in the written word, the presentations were done with verve and enthusiam while the polymers were fun to watch! As a sideline, a James Bond gadget poster explained which of the fictional spy's toys were truly fictional and those that could work. It gave the simple, helpful scientic explanation for each item that even an historian by background - like me - can grasp.
Although history will always be my subject, Physics at Work won me over to the sciences for the evening. I hope for many young people that it can capture them for life.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I had a wisdom tooth operation at Addenbrookes Hospital this weekend. The staff did a knock-out job, in my case literally, and I am one tooth less after a short spell under anaesthetic.
Thank you. They did great work.
Both the baby and I are on the same food, for a short while.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Cambridge residents are urged to take part in the survey asking for policing priorities over the coming year. Copies are available online as well as through the library service.
Each year the Police Authority publishes a three-year rolling plan setting out what is expected of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in terms of tackling national and local priorities. It provides an overview of the resources available, how these will be used and specifies how Cambridgeshire Constabulary's performance will be monitored.
The Police Authority is asking you for your views on the 2009-2012 plan, which is available in libraries across Cambridgeshire and online (see link below) as well as asking them what should be included in next year's plan.
To give feedback on the Policing Plan or register your views for the 'People's Priority' please visit the Police Authority website (see link below) to fill in the questionnaire.
The overall 'People's Priority' will be decided based solely on the consensus of public opinion and will be included in next year's Local Policing Plan. The deadline for responses is 23rd November 2009.”
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
See: http://www.aslef.org.uk/information/115079/strikes_to_resume_in_nxea/ and the earlier http://www.aslef.org.uk/information/100012/100039/114786/nxea_strikes_suspended/ which assured people that a deal had been found.
Monday, September 7, 2009
There is a move to begin General Election counts on the Friday morning and not as soon as the polls shut at 10pm on the Thursday night.
But today, for the rest of the country, the deed is done by the early hours of the morning and so we knew the nature of the government before dawn*. It is worth asking who the delay benefits? The public expect a speedy service, and they are right to do so. Election counting is no exception.
There is an excellent post on Conservative Home setting out why the Thursday count should be kept. See http://conservativehome.blogs.com/thetorydiary/2009/09/save-general-election-night.html.
Cambridge City Conservative Councillor Chris Howell is taking this issue up locally.
*There is one recent exception, 1992: "The Conservatives knew the result before midnight, Labour accepted the result in the early morning, and the BBC did not concede until well into the next day".
City Conservatives have championed consistently the change to a better recycling system,
Sunday, September 6, 2009
As the story of nods and winks behind the release of the Lockerbie bomber come out, this looks like Labour's Suez moment.In 1956, the Protocol of Sèvres was a secret understanding between the UK, France and Israel to choreograph events so that the two European countries could intervene in the Suez Canal zone.
Like the Lockerbie release, there was always a grim pragmatism behind the policy. While today it is helping Libya join the rest of the world and win big trade contracts for the UK. Then, the realpolitik aim was to secure the canal zone for oil imports and stop the march of dictat nationalisations of European assets in the newly independent countries of the world.
The American government was not consulted about either action. It pulled the plug on the Suez gamble. It remains to be seen what will happen about Libya.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The East Area Committee met at 7pm last night and, as usual, the planning applications were heard well after the 9pm watershed. Yesterday was quite good in its own terms, not reaching the 11.50pm closure time of a previous one.
Added to the late-night nature of the meeting, you then have the perplexing system that forces those councillors who have taken public views to vacate their places at the table while others remain to deliberate. It certainly gives a new meaning to the term ' silent majority. ' This depleted group then goes through the items, trying to finish the meeting before midnight. The applicants and their opponents will have sat for several hours to reach this point to watch a decision go through on a handful of votes.