Articles

Sound Management of the Economy

There is never a time when everything is perfect and there will always be things we want to see improved, but we are however continuing to see real facts that our economy is in good shape with the Conservatives at the helm. It is only by having a successful economy that we as a country can fund the things we want. This is a fact that the Labour Party conveniently forgets. Socialists are great at being generous with other people’s money, but whenever they come to power they’ve always blown the economic legacy they’ve inherited, leaving others to clear up their mess.

Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation

Historically, loneliness hasn’t been very high on political agendas, although I do recall a year ago one of my Borough Council Conservative colleagues asking a question at a Full Council meeting, if the Council did anything to help combat loneliness.

Working Together to meet the Demands on the NHS

Up to five million people in the UK last week had flu or flu-like symptoms. A bad winter flu season with record numbers of patients seeking treatment has compounded the pressures the NHS has, with the increasingly complex needs of a growing and ageing population. In recognising the likely winter pressures, there has been a long-running health campaign to urge take-up of the flu jab among vulnerable groups, which has been strongly supported by West Sussex County Council.

Admit an Error or Hide an Error

In politics, it can be a ‘cover-up’ that is worse than the original error or bad news. When a government or council makes an error, I believe that it is better to be upfront that something hasn’t gone right and to learn from mistakes, rather than to try and hide it.

A Triumph for Green Energy in Britain

2018 is here and I wish you all a very happy new year. At the end of each year, it is normal to look back over the year just gone, but sometimes it can be many years in the future before a major significance of a particular year is widely recognised.

Labour loses money for Crawley Council Housing

Over Christmas and in the middle of winter, homelessness rightly has a greater prominence in our minds as we think about those less fortunate than ourselves. Housing homeless people is a key function for local authorities such as Crawley Borough Council. Crawley needs a variety of housing tenures, including of course council housing.

The Meanings of Christmas

It is hardly breaking news when I say that Christmas is almost here. Indeed, politicians of all parties will be wishing us all a merry Christmas in the coming days. This is nice, but much less common is politicians going that little bit further and referencing what Christmas really is about - the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. For some reason, it seems very easy to highlight the cultural side of Christmas that have become traditions in their own right, but not the true meaning of Christmas itself which is of course religious.

The Devastating Effect of Plastic Waste

Two years ago, many of us wouldn’t have known what microbeads are. Public awareness of microbeads and the damage they cause has increased dramatically in the last couple of years. I have previously written here about this topic and about Sky’s very commendable Ocean Rescue Campaign.

Recognising Fake News

The term fake news is one that came from America and has been associated with events there. However, last week we had a major example of fake news right here in the UK. A story in a national left-wing newspaper stated “The Tories have rejected all scientists and voted that animals don’t feel pain”. mThis spread like wildfire on social media, including by television presenters with large social media followings. It was estimated that two million people had seen online material relating to this story and nearly half a million people signed online petitions to protest.

Addressing the Housing Shortage

This Wednesday sees the Chancellor Philip Hammond present the Budget. One area I’m partially interested in is housing, given how the availability and cost are becoming a concern to ever greater numbers of people in Crawley and beyond. For decades we simply have not been building enough homes, nor have we been building them quickly enough, and we have seen prices rise to increasingly unaffordable levels. Supply has failed to match the much increased demand in the last 20 years.