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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Oysters or Fowls – Following Inexpensive Diet

I ventured in this column a fortnight ago some thoughts upon having read The Pickwick Papers.

There was another section of Charles Dickens’ text in this tome that struck me rather forcibly. It was to be found in the heart of Chapter 22 where Pickwick discusses the diet of those with limited means with his servant:

‘It’s a wery remarkable circumstance, Sir,’ said Sam,

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Friday, August 14th, 2015

Combined Authority – Why the Dickens?

I am drawn back to a topic I looked at in June, the question of the Combined Authority (full Blog entry here). I wrote at the time:

Solihull, as we know it today, owes its existence to Birmingham and the men who made it great. Those men were preeminent industrialists, architects and statesmen of their day.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Could You Spot the Signs?

An important document has been published. It is a revised framework setting out how agencies across the West Midlands will work together to protect children from sexual exploitation (CSE).

The whole document is an essential read for anyone involved in working with children and can be found here.

But the onus is the whole of the Voluntary and

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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Take Care with our Prized Asset

The Government has launched a Public Consultation on the future of the BBC, which is all well and good, but Governments do like to tinker and there are some suggestions that it has its own Agenda, not least because, like all Governments that have gone before, it questions the Corporation’s objectivity.

Those of us who have been

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

More from Moore at Moors!!

Some of us have enjoyed a few very late nights excitedly supporting the England Ladies football team on their journey to winning the Third Place Playoff at the World Cup in Canada.

That is the best result in an international tournament achieved by any football team who have donned England shirts since 1966 and a great testament to the dogged

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Eight Hundred Not Out!

The celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta this week has been a disappointingly muted affair.

We may ask what an ancient scroll that has been largely superseded means to us today, but the answer is clear cut. Rather a lot actually. It represents the birthplace of the democratic, free society we enjoy and

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Friday, June 5th, 2015

Pushing the Powerhouse

So, what are we to make of this talk of Combined Authority? Is Solihull and its independence under threat from big Birmingham? Will our ability to meet the needs of our communities be pruned through diversion of resources into the Birmingham and Black Country conurbation? Should we resist it with all our might?

If we look

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

A Seven Day Service?

The NHS became a football during the recent election and now, after the PM has pledged a ‘7 day NHS’, a queue of experts has formed to tell us through almost every media channel that he has no chance (eg BBC News and The Guardian).

At face value, it looks straightforward. Other service sectors have gone

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Beyond the Ballot Box

Well, the people have spoken and we have a new Government. Much to our surprise, given the way our expectations were teed up by the polls and the media, it will not be a coalition. The tenure of the new Government will, no doubt, see much more change, and the democratic process does not end

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Are We Tuned in to Health Matters?

A report published this week is a worthy read for those working in the provision of health and care service provision from the charity/community sector on one hand and for those involved in the public administration of health and care on the other. It examines how well the two talk to each other and work

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