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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 9:23am Tuesday 23rd April 2013
The Sun is shining and England looks as though Spring has arrived. York City are only one point from staying in the Football League. George Osborne must surely be getting the message that investment in one fast train in the future in one part of the country is barmy. Better to invest now in the prevention of inland flooding and coastal erosion! It would be a lot of jobs all around the country. It would benefit everyone and would give the economy a boost and it would save our government money in the long (and short) run. How, I hear you ask? Simple, well we wouldn't have to pay for all those inevitable disasters and face the emotional traumas that come with them. I'm also tempted to remind both George and David that setting up an English Parliament to represent the English on the United Kingdom would create jobs and at the same time make me very happy. So come on George and David, do something for everyone and make it all positives today. Happy Saint George's Day.
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.