Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Another middle east war with the UK averted?

By |2013-08-30T15:22:23+00:00August 30th, 2013|News|

I was mightily relieved to hear the news this morning, that parliament overruled what previously appeared to be, a united front on attacking Syria, with it all ending up goodness knows where.

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Send your MP an email before vote on gagging law (Tue)

By |2013-08-30T13:31:31+00:00August 30th, 2013|News|

I just received the email below from 38 Degrees. Please please email your MP urging them to oppose the gagging clause in this new bill being strangely rushed through parliament at top speed…...

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One Grand Folly

By |2013-08-27T13:32:26+00:00August 27th, 2013|News|

Business leaders have condemned the government’s commitment to the environmentally destructive HS2 project as “one grand folly.”

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New battle begins against govt plot to outlaw campaigning

By |2013-08-25T21:03:22+00:00August 25th, 2013|News|

The brilliant 38 Degrees has taken up arms against the government’s latest plot. This time it appears to want to criminalise campaigners - hence my comment yesterday about whether we are now living in a totalitarian state…..

Let us hope that a credible alternative emerges before the next general election. I really dread to think what this government will destroy in a second term.

Ms Smith has already heard from me!

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Green-belt housing doubles in a year

By |2013-08-25T20:22:10+00:00August 25th, 2013|News|

The greenbelt (areas of protected land around our major cities to prevent urban sprawl) is among the most highly protected landscapes in the UK, along with national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

If the greenbelt’s protections are eroded, under the national planning policy framework, what chance does the countryside have in the Ottery Rural ward, most of which has no special designation?

In February, myself and Roger Giles met with Hugo Swire MP about the national planning policy framework and the damage it was doing, along with the continual joyful announcements from Mr Boles, which weaken planning policy further, as well as eroding the rights of residents to basic provisions, such as as light in planning, for example.

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Govt attack on unions will gag charities and campaign groups

By |2013-08-23T14:26:48+00:00August 23rd, 2013|News|

So not content with wrecking our countryside and marginalising our precious little influence over the planning system, this government is now plotting to gag campaigners.

Are living in a totalitarian state?

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Ottery mayoral chain features on BBC Radio Devon

By |2013-08-22T10:04:01+00:00August 22nd, 2013|News|

BBC Radio Devon this morning, broadcast the story about Ottery Town Council’s decision to fund up to £2000 on a new mayoral regalia.

Cllr Roger Giles, who opposed the plan, was interviewed, as was deputy mayor, Cllr Ian Holmes, who voted in favour of replacing the chain, as well as some Ottery residents.

The story will also be the subject of a phone-in this lunchtime.

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