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  • Tandem (Jane Dent)
    Article: Jul 25, 2022
    By Jane Dent

    Local Democracy should be for everyone

    Democracy should be one of the greatest acts of equality and yet many are excluded from the very processes it entails. It relies on people being able to engage, but unfortunately the very nature of the work throws obstacles in the way of this willingness. Time to participate and a means to participate are often the greatest challenges. Those with work, disability, childcare responsibilities and family commitments, are often unable to engage in a meaningful way and we wonder why we aren't able to attract a greater diversity of people into the political arena.

  • Road narrows sign uk
    Article: Jul 24, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs

    Those travelling along Derby Road in Ashbourne might be surprised to see the road layout shown in the photo below at the entrance to a new estate being constructed by Cameron Homes (part of Tara Homes) on land adjacent to Hilltop to the SE of Ashbourne.

    From a wider road layout at the junction with the busy Derby Road, the road narrows significantly on both sides, in a manner reminiscent of a ''road narrows' sign. The wide (?2m) tarmac pavement also appears to stop, with just a grass verge beyond this point.

  • 94na
    Article: Jul 22, 2022

    The importance of meaningful change to address global warming has been highlighted over the past week as the country has baked under record temperatures

    This makes the current leadership election in the Conservative party even more depressing as both the final candidates have lukewarm approaches to the issues we face

  • b6ao (Photo by Sam Balye on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 20, 2022

    Listening to the contenders to lead the Tory party squabble over who can make the biggest cuts in taxes whilst dramatically increasing defence spending you would think that the public finances are in great shape (they aren't), public services are providing great services (they dont), British industry is powering ahead with new investment (it isn't) and the cost-of-living increases are not really a problem

  • Grandparent and grandchild
    Article: Jul 19, 2022
    By Roy Wood + Peter Dobbs

    It is very significant that the Conservative leadership hopefuls chose not to prioritise the climate emergency.

    Why?

    Because the electorate a) Tory MPs b) Party members, don't care sufficiently about the issue.

    Liberal Democrats, and many others, know that this is clearly the most important long-term issue and must be a priority.