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Date: Monday 14th January 2019
THE editor was plainly shocked as he reached for a glass of fortified water to calm his nerves. “I want to introduce more ‘f words’ in the column in the coming months,” I announced. He had jumped to the obvious conclusion when all I meant was these “f words” stood for fun.
Date: Monday 7th January 2019
THE planning function is the most contentious of the services provided by local government. Whether consideration is being given to proposals for hundreds of houses or, at the other end of the scale, an extension to a single property, the chances are that somebody will not be happy.
Date: Monday 24th December 2018
THEY have become as much a part of our pre-Christmas ritual as the fancy lights, the Victorian fairs, the school Nativity plays in which one of the Three Wise Man inevitably wets himself with excitement, plus the usual rash of inconvenient strikes that wreck any festivity for the travelling public. I refer, of course, to winter wonderlands and bad Santas.
Date: Monday 10th December 2018
THE only circumstance that would persuade me to endure the misery of watching a television debate involving Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn is to discover how they react to questions when plucked away from the rarified atmosphere of the Commons where everyone shouts and heckles and no-one is actually listening.
Date: Monday 26th November 2018
SOME months ago a Government-backed survey invited children as young as 13 to describe their gender from a list of 25 different options. The choices put before teenagers in research for the Children’s Commissioner for England included “gender fluid,” “demi-girl” and “tri-gender.” The list of alternatives was offered as part of a campaign to “find out how gender matters to young people”.
Date: Monday 19th November 2018
THE National Trust put its sizeable foot in it again when it covered up art work at its Cragside property in Northumberland, the one-time home of Victorian industrialist Lord William Armstrong, in a bid to encourage visitors to “notice the absence of a female voice” by concealing male representation.
Date: Monday 1st October 2018
RUTH Davidson has ruled herself out of the political power game south of the Border. She wants a life and politics and politicians bear little relation to reality. In short, she’s too good to lead the squabbling Tory party and too good to be Prime Minister.
Date: Wednesday 12th September 2018
MORE than a million more people aged 65 and over, a rise of a third, will need round-the-clock care by 2035. The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care in England will almost double to 446,000 according to a study in The Lancet.