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  • Ballot Box
    Article: Aug 9, 2022

    It is the supreme irony that the Tory party that so hates the idea of the Single Transferable Vote system (STV), use that very system for their MPs to preselect who the final two candidates should be, leaving their loyal membership to make the final restricted choice. The difference of course is that their 'manual' system of individual votes knocking out each candidate until only two are left to very publicly fight it out, is excruciatingly slow and tedious for the 99% of the UK population that have no say in the matter.

  • key
    Article: Aug 6, 2022
    By Councillor Dave Busby

    Imagine you own your house, with no mortgage, and then the Government says that it really owns the house but they will give you a loan for the full value so that you can buy it back! Not good news so far, but if you are renting it out then it is going to get a whole lot worse. They legislate to allow the tenant to buy it off you but at a discount in the region of £70,000.

  • Football
    Article: Aug 2, 2022
    By Jane Dent

    There was a subtlety to the message that shone in lights round the pitch at the Euros "Not Women's Football but Women Playing Football", but it resonated with so many. For decades outlawed by the FA, women are now playing at the highest level. They are playing football not 'Women's' football, a lesser version of 'Men's' football.

  • k52x
    Article: Jul 29, 2022

    One of the more interesting aspects of Liz Truss's campaign to be Tory leader is that she appears to be basing her rather dodgy economic agenda on advice from Patrick Minford, an economist whose every prediction about Brexit has proved to be wrong.

    Minford is not the only one, of course, who has got things wrong in predictng how Brexit will play out. Nearly everything we were promised by the pro-Brexit campaign has turned out to be nonsense.

    That does not stop the brexiteers from trying to blame others when things go wrong of course, whether they argue it is the fault of the French for the queues outside Dover, or the responsibility of the EU for enforcing an agreement these people negotiated, signed up for and campaigned on, despite its obvious flaws. UK Tory Ministers made all the key decisions and they need to start taking responsibility for them.

    During the campaign itself, many of us were arguing that the border and import/export controls and red tape would lead to jobs moving abroad. We were told that we were scaremongering. Unfortunately, once more we have been proved right, and the brexiteers, wrong.

    One example of that is referred to in the Independent, who report that a leading British wine agent has decided to leave the UK citing "incredibly complicated" post-Brexit paperwork, leading to a hole in his revenue.

    He had calculated that Brexit is adding an average of more than £1.50 to the cost of every bottle of European wine sold to consumers. Following Brexit, lead times from order to delivery of shipments have stretched from 7 to 10 days to as much as 21 days from Spain, 26 days from France, 35 from Germany or Austria and 45 to 70 from Italy:

    Mr Lambert said he is moving to Montpellier in France later this week with his family, where he would set up a French company to export back to his own company in Wales. His wine company Daniel Lambert Wines Ltd supplies to Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and nearly 300 other independent retailers.

    "In just one week I will finally leave Brexitland for good," he said in a tweet last Friday.

    "Let me know if anyone ever finds those sunlit uplands. Not expecting an answer anytime soon."

    And so say all of us.

  • nts4 (Photo by Aleks Marinkovic on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 25, 2022

    As numbers travelling to Europe by ferry grew towards its summer peak with the school holidays underway waits of up to 6 hours were being forecast and the need for a scapegoat was clear!

    When in doubt blame the French! They apparently didn't have enough officers at Dover to carry out the necessary checks including stamping passports (for those lucky enough to have got through the delays and queues to renew their passports!)