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Posted on 10:01am Saturday 4th May 2013
Leave York Alone Please! I loved Richard Catton's article “Cars are here to stay, Mr Merrett” in The Press on Friday 3rd May. He makes a clear argument against spending £170,000 on an idiotic (my word) experiment to solve traffic problems by closing Lendal Bridge to private cars between 10:30 and 17:00.
Posted on 8:25pm Thursday 11th October 2012
I was pleased to see that people are starting to think about the 100th anniversary of the First World War that began on 28th July 1914. I visited battle sites and war graves in France and Belgium with my children as I believe we should all be aware of what war really means.
Posted on 1:03pm Tuesday 9th October 2012
Cutting benefits for groups who receive little public sympathy may make for a good Conference speech, but it risks increasing poverty and hardship. And unless there is a follow up 'master plan' for creating more and better jobs, massively increasing access to them and sorting out the housing crisis it's not likely to do as much as those advocating further cuts are hoping to reduce the deficit or people’s dependency on the state.
Posted on 3:07pm Thursday 28th July 2011
My fingers have been a-twitch with blogger's itch for a while now.
Posted on 11:32am Monday 4th July 2011
After the heady cocktail of nerves, terror, and (hopefully) relief, that generally follows university exam terms, second year students' euphoria at arriving at the end of a sword-swinging gauntlet relatively unscathed is undermined by a new realisation: we are now finalists.
Posted on 10:22am Tuesday 8th February 2011
With exam term looming unpleasantly on the horizon, the university powers that be implemented some much-needed TLC this week. To be honest, it seemed like a wise precaution to put in place - anything to prevent the general destruction of souls and minds that occurred this time last year.
Posted on 8:10pm Saturday 8th January 2011
As Heritage Champion I've urged the fire brigade chiefs not to abandon the station on Clifford Street and move fire engines away from the city centre. This will only put York's heritage at risk.
Posted on 11:16am Friday 3rd December 2010
'Freedom of Information' in Britain has exposed much and is stopping more. Over 70 MPs are no longer claiming expenses. There have been some apologies, repayments and examples made in courts. There is much still to do before we have a truly fair society.
Posted on 9:33am Friday 26th November 2010
They are not content with the honour and the pride of being trusted with the taxes for the well being of all the peoples who generate that wealth. They treat it as their own to take what they want and dole out sparingly to others, while hiding what they don't need in foreign banks, out of reach to the tax collectors everybody else must obey.