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  • Go Green event 3oth July 2022 (DDDC)
    Article: Jul 17, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs

    Derbyshire Dales District Council is hosting its very first 'Go Green' event in Matlock's Hall Leys Park on Saturday 30 July from 10am to 3pm.

    The free-to-enter, family-friendly event will showcase solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis, encouraging residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their carbon footprint by making lifestyle changes such as reducing energy use, generating less waste, becoming more active and encouraging biodiversity in their gardens.

  • brsq
    Article: Jul 17, 2022

    Whilst the candidates for Conservatives debate on TV whether Boris Johnson was a liar (for most apparently not sure!) and the definition of a woman the Daily Mirror carried a story which has much more relevance for the daily lives of electors

    The Mirror reports ( see Government raking in £2.6bn from surge in energy prices thanks to 5% VAT on bills - Mirror Online ) that the current surge in energy prices is set to rake in an extra £2.6billion for the Government, while if the cap on bills rockets in October to a predicted £3,285 a year, it would raise £4.22bn.

  • No10
    Article: Jul 16, 2022

    When will the next general election be?

    Sorry, I don't know. But I do know that the range of plausible dates is wide open - from only a couple of months away through to January 2025. And that whenever the date is, we also have a massive round of local elections in May.

    Which is why we need to step up our campaigning, capacity building and planning through the second half of this year. Even if this Parliament goes its full term, the benefits of extra canvassing, member recruitment and training this summer will still be considerable.

  • Ballot box
    Article: Jul 15, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs

    Clearly they don't trust first past the post!

    It is interesting to observe how the outdated electoral process that the Conservative Party are adamant we retain for electing MPs, is regarded as not suitable for electing their own party leader.

    Their elaborate and time consuming process of various elimination rounds to whittle candidates down to a final two could be replaced by simply looking at the total votes awarded in the first round.

  • sp1n (Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 13, 2022

    Are we the only ones feeling a bit depressed by the early exchanges in the Tory leadership contest?

    Whilst it was clear that Mr Johnson had to go given his behaviour it appears that the candidates have learnt little in their time supporting him.

    We have commented many times in the past about his propensity to over-claim and under deliver. Every initiative was "world beating" even when there was little substance behind it.