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The campaign starts here…

It’s going to be one of the hardest-fought in living memory.  The incumbent has worked hard for more than three years to divide the electorate against itself.  It’s likely only one of the players has a real chance of achieving … Continue reading

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Staying on the theme of education (and as a parent and a school governor, I can’t conceive of much that’s more important) yesterday I took part in a small but effective demonstration against the “forced academisation” – horrible term – … Continue reading

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What’s next?

Not content with the ongoing destruction of the National Health Service and the social welfare system, Cameron and his cronies now seem to be moving their baleful attentions to our schools.  Note this well; OUR schools, not theirs. The claim … Continue reading

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Peer pressure?

Aaaaand we’re back. To the bad old days of Neil & Christine Hamilton et al, it would appear. No sooner had it been “revealed” late last week that the BBC’s Panorama programme had allegedly caught Tory MP Patrick Mercer on … Continue reading

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How Britain’s Political parties still campaign in an age of steam

Originally posted on David Hencke:
Very 19th century: Ed Miliband campaigning, Pic credit:BBC The county council elections are upon us. Ed Miliband goes on a soapbox, leaflets are pushed through doors, canvassers turn up on doorsteps and people are supposed…

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We need our NHS hospitals – and they need us…

Feet aching and a big dent in my shoulder from supporting one side of the 3m wide and 2m tall Staffordshire UNISON branch banner, I returned earlier from the rally and march in support of Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals, … Continue reading

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Thatcher passes, but her influence remains…

Deliberately, I did not blog yesterday, despite the news media being dominated by the death of a frail and unwell 87 year old woman.  It seemed inappropriate to do so, even though I have for more than three decades despised … Continue reading

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