Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
This week his widow and the road safety charity Brake are publicising the devastating results possible of driving whilst tired.
I regularly drive trains along the main east coast route past the site of the crash. Whilst there is little sign of the accident now it is a constant reminder of the possible consequences of road users driving whilst unfit.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
In 1990 Norman Tebbit one of the most rabid of the political right mooted a "Cricket Test" be applied to Asians living in Britain. The test clearly designed to be racist in nature is one of the abiding quotes from the Thatcher years. Lets hope it stays buried in the rubbished history of the Tory right.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
John said, “ It had been a huge privilege to represent the people of East Hull”.
No hint was given as to when the next General Election will take place.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Holderness Ward Liberal Democrat Councillor John Nicholson made an astonishing attack this week on how his own group operate. We all know that the Lib Dems operate in an undemocratic way but its unusual for one of their own to not only admit it but to complain about it to members of the Labour Group.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The main now is the clear up operation, the quick removal of damages furniture and the prevention of future flooding.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Perhaps a new health secretary can change that.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
On Sunday Harriet Harman became the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and replaced local MP John Prescott. The role is likely to be a much different from the one occupied by John. Harriet Harman has been appointed as chair of the Labour Party and will focus much of her attention out and about up and down the country.
The result of the election was extremely close between West Hull MP Alan Johnson and Harriet Harman.
The special Labour Party conference also saw Gordon Brown replace Tony Blair as Labour leader.
Watching the conference it is very clear that the changes made at the top of government will benefit the country and the Labour party.
The government has been given a fresh impetus and focus on making the housing market work more effectively and further improving the NHS.
Opinion polls show Labour improving and moving ahead of the conservatives reflecting the complete failure of the Tory party leadership.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Lib Dems 15%
There is clearly a long way to go befor the next general election but it is clear that voters prefer Brown to Cameron.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Most club owners supported their local team, putting money and time into “getting the backroom” stuff sorted and a seat in the director’s box. Jack Walker at Blackburn, Michael Sugar at Tottenham and Elton John at Watford all supported their local teams as boys and went on to put their wealth into football clubs they loved.
Not anymore, football clubs are a commodity to be bought and sold by people who don’t support the team, city or care about the fans. They can come and more importantly go at a moments notice.
Paul Duffen and his associates are talking about the premiership in three years. Great. I want to see premiership football at the KC. But lets not forget what happened at Leeds United, spending millions to soar before crashing in debt and the farce of a bankruptcy buy back scheme.
What is needed in football is a real say and real control for real fans. Supporters who follow local teams in good times and bad deserve more of a say in what happens to “their” team than listening to a hasty press conference to be told its been sold to a group of southern based gamblers.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Not towing the party line within the Nasty Liberal Democrats in Hull has led to the sacking of one of the newest Lib Dems councillors. The only crime committed seems to be voting for themselves. Nasty man Dave McCobb has already lined the seat up for one of his old school friends.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
James Parker .............. Conservative ............................138
Janet Toker..................Independent ...........................139
Gary Wareing ...............Labour ...................................1234
Angela Wastling ...........Lib Dem .................................1642
Total votes 3059
Saturday, May 05, 2007
The election campaign as always was huge fun very tiring but finally disappointing. I must thank everyone who helped with the campaign especially Jill my wife who has had to put up with the ups and downs of months of leafleting telephones and of course mountains of paperwork stacked all over the house.
My agent Bobby organised a wonderful campaign and managed to organise huge amounts of help in the ward from the university Labour Club. Oh and he really did try to kill me near the end of the campaign.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
The Liberal Democrats who control Hull City Council have never supported CCTV in the city. When the system was first proposed they did everything they could to prevent Hull getting a system despite huge grants being available from the government for a system.
Now we discover that staffing of the CCTV control room is being run down with job vacancies left uncovered for months.
They have undermined the system and staff and the confidence of residents in the city.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
This is the first time I have heard the scheme dismissed by a senior figure in the council and must put the future of the improvements in doubt.
A tremendous amount of work has gone into providing a united front from the city in the call for Castle Street to be improved.
The Cut and Cover proposal has won widespread support from business leaders in the city, the media including the Mail unite the city campaign, political support from the council and MPs and has won the backing of the regional representative in competition against other traffic schemes in other parts of the region.
Lobbying for the scheme has won fund for design and feasibility studies which if successful would lead to full funding.
The danger now is that if the Liberal Democrat administration are moving away from the plans currently under consideration the scheme could then lose support and funding and be put to the back of the queue against other transport projects.
There are many other projects in the region desperate for the fund allocated to this project.
Last nights meeting was lively and interesting. One of the better forum meetings. The main topics included traffic and parking issues and removal of rubbish.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
This is absolutely amazing. The Lib Dems in Hull having demanded to be put in control now want a month off to fight the election.
My feeling is that more and more people are seeing Liberal Democrats for the underhand scheming group they are.
After all 12 of their own councillors in recent years have left following fallouts and infighting. Two have even left since the last election.
Clearly cracks are starting to show particularly within the leadership of the Liberal Democrats. Many people have commented to me on the poor performance of Cllr Minns both from within the Council and other residents.
Perhaps he is suffering from too many lunches with the arch Tory John Fareham.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
During elections the Lib Dems contact tory voters and say things like "can we borrow your vote" you know the conservatives can't win here. They also put out leaflets with the same message. This is aimed at Tory voters.
However, after the election the Fib Dems then claim that all the votes were "Lib Dems Votes". Clearly incorrect. In actual fact the votes are mainly made up from traditional tory voters encouraged to jump ship.
Its not then a big jump to look again at some of the floppy haired public school sorts who make up the new group of Fib Dem councillors and say they would be just as happy in the new conservative party. Its just that they would not have won in Hull under a Tory banner.
Since most are only interested in as Janet Toker put it "money and greed" they are only in the Hull Fib Dems because they think they will get elected.
This MUST really annoy some of the older longer standing members of the group perhaps ex-leader Cllr Butterworth who left during a vote at the last council meeting.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Even before the budget proposals the splits within the Liberal Democrat Group became very evident at the Council Meeting yesterday. There has always been a split between the traditional “liberal” wing and the younger aggressive anti everything group of newer Lib Dem councillors.
The budget proposals have very obviously widened that gap.
Whilst the older element of the Hull Lib Dems retail their liberal roots, the new breed have long since dumped any pretence at political philosophy in pursuit of power.
Or as Janet Toker put it “ The Lib Dems in Hull are all about money and greed”.
Years of claims of a two horse race in Hull have resulted in the Lib Dems totally replacing the Conservatives. Many Lib Dems councillors owe their seats to traditional Tory voters no wonder then that the group is rapidly moving onto Tory ground.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Yesterday I attended the planning committee meeting which decided the fate of the proposed energy from waste facility at Saltend.
As usual the Events staff at the Guildhall were able to put on a professional well-organised show.
A large number of people attended but it was very clear that very few were from the city itself with many residents being bussed in from the East Riding.
The majority of Lib Dem councillor backed the incinerator. The debate within the Liberal Democrats must have been interesting. The move in their position on this issue is truly staggering. But ultimately correct.
In practice whatever the wishes of local politicians the argument to build an incinerator was overwhelming.
Hull does not have a landfill site and with rising costs of landfill projected to well into the future the financial consequences for the authority would be dire if the proposal had been turned down.
It is a great credit to the Lib Dems that the proposal was agreed. This was a tough political decision for them and for once they gave up the opportunity to back out. Well done.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
But their candidate lives miles away in the East Riding at Lane End Farm, Swine Lane, Coniston in East Yorkshire. After a series of defections they must be struggling to find paper candidates to fight seats in the city.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
The crux of the story is the Liberal Democrat administration in Hull is heading for a massive overspend. Even with the service cuts already planned like reducing home helps the projected overspend is £3,600,000. The Mail says “ this will be the first significant overspend for several years”. The Lib Dem bosses at the Guildhall are clearly financially incompetent.