Archives for March 2015

I told them it wouldn’t work

 South West One was created in 2007. It was an accident waiting to happen from the word go. Unfortunately not one of the participants was prepared to listen to the word 'stop'. The County council, Taunton Deane council and Avon and Somerset police signed up to a scheme run by IBM who were only …
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Alzheimer’s campaign

 I am proud to be one of many MPs from all parties who are backing the Alzheimer's Society campaign to win better diagnosis and more help for victims of this debilitating disease. Throughout the constituency there are hundreds of people directly affected. That number multiplies when you include …
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Watchet’s not so super “super tide”

A pal of mine sent me a few snaps from one of my favourite West Somerset haunts this weekend. Watchet may well have been the place where Samuel Taylor Coleridge came up with the idea for his epic poem "the Ancient Mariner". After the eclipse last Friday and the huge tide that followed I dare say the …
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Another computer disaster!

When government departments try to find miracle digital solutions to things it usually costs the taxpayer a small fortune and often ends in tears.  The latest appalling mess involves farmers in a saga of  sorry failure created by the Rural Payments Agency. In order to meet Brussels' requirements …
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First Class!

Great to see the Post Office helping our West Somerset tourist industry. From today you can buy a new stamp bearing a distinctive and instantly recognisable scene - the famous Tarr Steps up on Exmoor.  As bridge-building goes it may not have the sweeping solidity of Brunel's great spans, but as far …
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Supporting tourism

 It is only a matter of days until the launch of English Tourism Week, a campaign invented by Visit England to help promote home-grown holidays. I am all for it. Somerset has many attractions for visitors - unrivalled countryside, spectacular views, history, good food, seaside and the warmest …
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