Wednesday, June 30, 2010
23rd. June 2010
I have recently read through County Council papers on parking contrlols in Cambridge. I had to do this because the area in which I have the pleasure to live is threatened with parking controls.
There were some proposals that I did not like.
There is a suggestion that ward councillors should set the areas for parking controls, aided by an informal subcommittee presumably selected from people who would agree with them. That doesn't feel very democratic.
There is a suggestion that controlled parking fees should be increased to make a profit for the County Council. This breaks a promise made when these controls were introduced that charges were made only to defray administrative costs.
And, finally, there is the suggestion that parking controls should be introduced in other towns in Cambridgeshire to "equalise conditions".
Readers may wish to contact their County Councillor.
Monday, June 28, 2010
There was a letter in the Cambridge News from the organiser praising every measure for reducing congestion except building new roads. The praise for the Variable Mandatory Speed Limits (VMSL)on the M25 on his website is interesting because of what is missed out. The biggest response to tackling congestion on the M25 is a £6.2 billion PFI project which includes... roll of drums... ROAD WIDENING.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The barbecue and garden party will be held between 4.30pm and 7.30pm at the Cherry Hinton Constitutional Club, 144 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge on Saturday 26 June. Entry is £10 (including first drink) and will go towards Conservative campaigning.
If you would like to come please let Andrew Bower know on 07876 03183.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I am not alone… In his excellent blog Mark Wadsworth adds Cambridgeshire Horizons to his bonfire of the quangos and gets a pot-shot in at the county’s badly-led and dysfunctional transportation department (if only the officers had spent half the time on the boring but necessary campaign for the A14, or watching what BAM Nuttall was up to on the Guided Busway - and not chasing the fairy gold of Labour’s Transport Innovation Fund…).
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I met Temba Nolutshungu when I was helping to set up the Democrat Union of Africa.
This is a forceful essay on the kind of post-apartheid state he wants South Africa to become. As he says, “Affirmative action is politically unnecessary, economically irrational and morally unjust...I truly believe that liberty is indivisible, if some of us do not have liberty, none of us have liberty.”
Monday, June 21, 2010
9th. June 2010
You report today (9th. June) that a "communication chief" has been hired by Suffolk County council at a pay rate of £182,000 a year. A salary that is higher than that of the Prime Minister. What does a communication chief do that a ward letter from a local councillor cannot ?
And, on the same day, Andrew Lansley reports that NHS nurses may spend only one third of their time actually attending to patients. The rest is spent on paperwork or on working shifts in which patients are asleep.
These are both symbols of the Empire of Waste - and of inefficiency - within our public services.
We must have change, and this new Government will, step by step, bring that change.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
"Bloomberg reports that Sharon Bowles, chairwoman of the EU's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, said Tuesday that banker bonuses should be capped at 50% of their salary, and the proposals to limit bonuses will face an EU Parliament vote in July.
One banker told Here Is The City: 'It just shows how far these lawmaking types are from understanding the real causes of the financial crisis and how their ill-thought-out ideas will work in practice. I think everyone understands the need to align compensation with long term performance, but limiting bonuses to a percentage of base pay will only see salaries increase again - and in some cases they will go up substantially. This is a classic case of the Law of Unintended Consequences - bankers will receive so much of their compensation in fixed pay, that they will have no incentive to perform and no incentive to limit their risk-taking either, as their own downside will be protected'.
And Ms Bowles' reaction to complaints from bankers about the bonus restriction suggestions ? - 'If bankers and traders want to leave and go to other jurisdictions.....I say good riddance'. But Ms Bowles, they won't be shipping out - they will be forming a queue to get in to the EU zone. 'Frankly', another senior trader told us, 'I like this idea. We all know that huge bonuses are a thing of the past (at least for a while), so the thought of a base salary of a few million is really quite appealing. You have to love those daft brushes over at the EU!'. "
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
16:30 - 19:30
Come and kick-start a fresh season of Conservative campaigning in Coleridge! All are welcome.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
The City Council has as a policy of not putting enough parking spaces into new developments. This is supposed to encourage car drivers to use other forms of transport like busses and cycles.
The news that Network Rail has 800 spaces for the 1000 cyclists that use the station is intriguing. Presumably it won’t put them back in their cars, but will it encourage jogging?