South Hams: What I will try and do

The following are just some of the things that I will try and do as your elected District Councillor. I stood as a Liberal Democrat as I believe they have policies that address the needs of the area but local government should not be about unquestioning loyalty to a political faith. It should be about … read more

South Hams: DVA: where to get help

Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is not uncommon. According to the independent charity Fact Checker, 26% of women aged 16-59 report having experienced some kind of domestic abuse as adults. 15% of men report the same. But there is help. The following lists just some of the organisations that can provide help and support. DVA … read more

South Hams: The Iniquitous MIF

Universal Credit (UC) includes a concept called the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) which is the minimum income that will be used when calculating a benefit. If one earns below this amount … tough cookie. The idea behind it is that the state should not be supporting people whose income is low due to being involved … read more

South Hams: Lib Dems – Green Policies

Contents 1 Introduction 2 Justifications 3 The Five Green Laws 4 Related Policies 5 Local Policies 6 References 1 Introduction The Lib Dems have developed a range of so-called Green Policies which have received a great deal of support from a variety of independent organisations. For instance: Friends of the Earth campaigner Dave Timms said: … read more

Politics: Free for all markets

There has been for many decades now a blind belief in the “free market” as the way ahead. The simple lesson of history is that markets are inherently unstable and only work where they are controlled by regulation.

Environment: Our house is on fire

Greta Thunberg sums the situation up. It is one of the most articulate pleas for action and for common-sense to prevail that I have heard from anyone. She is 16. In the UK she would not have a vote!

South Hams: SHDC

Local Councils are being given increasing autonomy by central government and while this may be a good thing in principle it can only bring real benefit if a council conducts its affairs in an open, inclusive and transparent way. If it does, there is a real opportunity for local democracy to flourish and for communities … read more

South Hams: Social Housing Overview

Social Housing is a complex subject. This post is just a very short introduction with particular reference to the circumstances of South Hams.

Environment: The Regulator’s Code

Today a report was published that revealed how our railway system is governed. It is a pretty damning assessment of how a fragmented industry cannot function without proper channels of communication and leadership. It seems to me that our regulation of the environment suffers from the same fragmentation. There is a corpus of good environment … read more

Politics: Brexit – project piffle

Remain campaigners, when laying out the likely consequences of Brexit, have often been accused of creating a false sense of calamity and fear; Project Fear. This despite the fact that most professional institutions agree that it could cause serious damage to our economy and the evidence is mounting that it will. Whether or not you … read more