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A reasoned response to Syria

Posted by [email protected] on April 13, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, has outlined certain 'tests' the government should reach before a decision is made on what action to take on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. In his statement the Lib Dem leader said

"Firstly, in advance of any debate or vote, the Government should share with Parliament what evidence it has of the Syrian Government’s involvement, and that of their Russian backers, in last weekend’s attack.


Secondly, the Go...

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Seeds were sown for London violence

Posted by [email protected] on April 7, 2018 at 4:10 AM

Its tragic that so many young people have lost their lives or have been injured in the recent spate of stabbings and shootings in London. Families and friends have lost loved ones whilst others live in fear that their child, although not directly involved in the gang wars which are festering, maybe in the wrong place at the wrong time. But we have to remember these things don't just happen. Nobody is born into this world as a gangster or a drug dealer, the conditions have to be created. What ...

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Distributism can deliver

Posted by [email protected] on March 30, 2018 at 12:50 AM

“The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity”.


The Preamble of the Liberal Democrats members may very well be familiar with. However are we also confident the type of society we wish to build, as described in the Preamble, can be created through unrestrained capitali...

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Farage far from the long term interests of Britain's fishing industry

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2018 at 8:25 AM

The sight of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage dumping fish in the River Thames is a typical ploy from a politician that cares about making headlines but little of those he is making headlines about. What Farage was basically doing was another display of self publicity and climbing on the back of Britain's fishermen to inflate his already substantial ego.


The thing is Brexit will not offer a deal which will create a sustainable fishing industry. If the government decides to op...

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We still need a register of rented housing rogues

Posted by [email protected] on March 20, 2018 at 1:15 PM

When I was Chair of the St.Michael's Community Association (SMCA) in Paignton, a number of cases concerning what are commonly called 'rogue landlords' was brought to my attention. The whole purpose of the SMCA in those days was to be a campaigning organisation to campaign and represent the interests of residents in one of the most deprived areas of Paignton. Housing was therefor a major issue which seemed to be raised at a number of meetings.


The growing number of 'Rogue Lan...

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Why are unions letting down thousands of workers?

Posted by [email protected] on March 19, 2018 at 5:55 AM

I am a member of the GMB Trade Union and a former officer of Torbay & South Devon TUC. However I am growing increasingly dissatisfied, not only with the GMB, but with the wider trade union movement. To me they are now far from evolving organisations embracing new green industries and representing all workers, instead appearing as something very much stuck in the past.


Let's look at this from my own position. I am self employed, I do not owe vast sums of money and my inco...

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Fake homelessness does not hide fake need

Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2018 at 6:35 AM

Torbay has had some pretty poor publicity lately regarding homelessness. It's also come into some harsh criticism from many quarters for vigilante groups who aim to photograph and expose the Bay's alleged 'fake homeless' population. I am not going to deny, there are some people that are not homeless who actaully claim to be homeless and carry out begging in our town centres. But although these people may not be homeless, they are in desperate need of help.


Nobody leaves scho...

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Environmentally unfriendly recycling by Tor2

Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2018 at 5:25 AM

Take a walk or a drive along any road in Torbay and you will come across litter. Whilst some may be from a tiny minority of unscrupulous residents, I'm sure the majority has come from the very inefficient recyclable wate collection service put in place by Tor2. I notice it most days our recycling boxes are emptied, waste will sometimes blow from them before they reach the lorry, other times it may accidently fall from the boxes or hands of the collectors as it is placed in the lorry. On many ...

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Why I'm with the Liberal Democrats

Posted by [email protected] on February 11, 2018 at 11:15 AM

My decision to join the Liberal Democrats was not a quick or easy decision to make, and came after several months careful consideration. At the announcement of the 2017 General Election, I had hoped Torbay, at the time a marginal Tory constituency, would be one where progressive parties would put differences to one side to oust the sitting MP, Kevin Foster. I made a case for this in writing to Torbay Green Party of which I was a member. This was considered but wholeheartedly rejected by the m...

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The people say "Save Our NHS"

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2018 at 7:55 AM

Yesterday saw mass demonstrations across the country as people joined protests to voice their concerns at what is happening to our NHS. Though protests don't solve anything, they can demonstrate the depth of people's feelings. The poll tax was a classic example of this. The key thing about yesterday was it was not attended simply by politicos but by large sections of the general public and voters from all political strains.


The NHS does need immediate investment, and this ha...

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Facing the oncoming storm of increased automation

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2018 at 7:40 AM

I'm a subscriber to the excellent social liberal journal Liberator. The opening commentary in the latest issue is titled 'Do Keep Up' and hits upon one of the most important issues, that being increased automation. Like it or not this is something we will have to deal with in the coming years and it will not be easy or pretty. However we cannot simply ignore the issue or make decisions which will have a detrimental effect on the people or the economy.

 

All political par...

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Are we heading towards discriminating against a pretty face?

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2018 at 6:55 AM

I am a big motorsport fan, and during the past week Formula 1 and the decision to remove grid girls has hit the headlines. I'm someone that is fundamentally opposed to all forms of discrimination and exploitation. But I am also a bit of a pragmatist, and I am beginning to fear we are stepping towards a world of fascist tendencies in what is deemed acceptable and what is not. I am not going to delve into the realms of political correctness, as this is something I largely support, but I do feel...

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Homelessness the tip of a social iceberg

Posted by [email protected] on January 22, 2018 at 11:40 AM

The tent protest outside Torquay Town Hall over the weekend was designed to draw attention to the plight of Torbay's increasing number of homeless people. I have long been vocal on the number of long term empty properties that exist in Torbay and how they should be brought back into use. This includes retail premises, some of which have been empty for more than ten years. Action such as this and affordable development of brown field sites would definitely solve the crisis for some of those th...

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We cannot allow 'No Vacancies' signs for respite and care

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2018 at 10:55 AM

I was informed by the carer of one of my gardening clients during the week, that one of the ladies she visits, needed respite care following a spell in hospital,  only for her family to be informed  there was no room in any of Torbay's care homes. Admittedly I' do not know the full facts of the case in question, but if there is an element of truth in what I was told this is extremely disturbing. It points to a care system that is not simply at breaking point, but one that is complet...

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Saddened to see racism once more on the terraces

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2018 at 10:10 AM

I have little time for pure, hatred driven racism. Although I can understand some people's fears over immigration, especially if not presented with the full facts, there is no place in the world for hating someone because of their nationality, colour of their skin or religion. Therefore I was saddened to hear that racist chants have been heard from a tiny section of the crowd at Torquay United.


There was a similar problem back in the mid 1990's when the BNP tried to recruit ...

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Let's change discriminatory democracy

Posted by [email protected] on January 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM

I'm not a member of the Liberal Democrats, however I am very supportive of the green and radical elements within the party. I have also come to the conclusion it's the only political party that will defeat the Tories in Torbay. I do follow and post in a number of Liberal Democrat groups on facebook and follow a number on Twitter. It was from the Liberal Democrat Policy Debate group where I came across a post by Slawek Fejfer.


Slawek, who is also sometimes known as Adam, has ...

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Why I'm a Reforming Remainer

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM

I do confess, for many years I have campaigned against the EU. I still have many misgivings about it, but on the whole I believe Britain is better off remaining - somewhere it can still benefit, be of influence and work with others to reform and make the EU better.

But what changed my mind on the EU after years of campaigning? Basically the referendum did give me time to look at things more carefully, but even since then I have studied the way the EU operates in more detail and have com...

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Inspired by English Radicalism

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2018 at 10:25 AM

I have long regarded myself as an 'English Radical', someone that looks outside of the box for solutions and someone that is not simply prepared to accept the status quo but is willing to campaign for a fairer society and a better world. . English radicalism has a long history, a history we should be proud of and which should be celebrated. It's one we should be inspired by. Below I have listed just some who I regard as true English Radicals.


John Ball - the Priest wh...

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Why I left the left behind

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2018 at 8:45 AM

I was once described by a former Labour councillor as "The most left wing person he knew". I think the councillor concerned was referring not only to my pro-nationalisation and anti-nuclear stance but also to me looking at both sides of the coin when viewing news from North Korea and my former membership of the Communist Party. Today although I am still in favour of a degree of nationalisation, I still oppose nuclear weapons and I still dissect news from both sides on the Korean peninsul...

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2018

Posted by [email protected] on December 31, 2017 at 7:05 AM

On Christmas Day I tweeted "Remember this is the season of good will so let's make a resolution for 2018 to redouble efforts for a world that's fair, free of hate, oppression and greed".

I think this has to be a message for 2018 in the very divided and troublesome world in which we live today. We have to work to become a more tolerant and compassionate world, recognise and celebrate the differences between us but at the same time work for greater human and animal welfare.


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