We sit between two contrasting elections. Last week’s West Midlands Crime Commissioner election plumbed the depths of apathy. There was as much animation atop the plinth of Nelson’s Column as there was at our Polling Station when I called in to cast my pair of crosses. Not another punter in sight from the second IContinue Reading →
Today, 1st August, is the centenary of the day on which Germany put itself on a war footing with a declaration of hostilities against Russia. Events moved quickly and but three days later, on 4th August 1914 Germany invaded Belgium, Britain declared war against Germany and the Great War began. It would be more thanContinue Reading →
Going on holiday has made me depressed again. Not just the usual, that’s over, back to the grindstone depression, but a grass is greener depression.
I have no yearning to live and work in the searing heat of a Southern European summer, but I was struck by the way of life in the clearly vibrant economyContinue Reading →
One of my indulgences, when on annual holiday, is to read one of Charles Dickens outstanding works. Whilst you have to interpret them against the ways and manners of the day, they are wickedly funny at times, contain some of the most poetic prose and wicked characters, who, most tellingly, are knife sharp in theirContinue Reading →
Today seems like a good day to think about legacy. It is 6 June 2014, 70 years after the D-Day Landings. Surviving veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, have gathered in Normandy to remember, alongside David Cameron, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and others.
Tonight the BBC will feature a recording of aContinue Reading →
We are on the cusp of change in Solihull.
The election results for our borough are out, the Greens are now the second largest party in the Council and we have a first UKIP councillor. Of the 17 seats contested, nine of them have different incumbents from last week and seven of these have not acted asContinue Reading →
It seems as if every aspect of life in Britain is growing its own special day, week or month, to the extent that it could become very irritating. I have no doubt of the imminent announcement of National Trim Yer Toenails Day!
Meanwhile, next week is National Walk to Work Week, part, of course, of May’sContinue Reading →
Three things in the past week have reminded me of my frustration with sport in the modern era.
It all started when, for the first time in a few years, I attended a footy match. Solihull was, for the first time ever, staging a Uefa Semi-Final and I was determined to go. The match took me back aContinue Reading →
The Birmingham Mail has rightly been showered with outrage after it published a controversial column by journalist Maureen Messent which expressed a total lack of sympathy with victims of domestic violence and expounded the view that ‘women who allow themselves to be used as punch bags are often their own worst enemies’.
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A must read report has been published by Locality, called ‘Saving Money by Doing the Right Thing‘.
It indicates, based on extensive research, that huge sums of public money are missing the mark in the provision of services that fail to meet needs effectively, and illustrates the point with a selection of case studies to complement theContinue Reading →