Archives for January 2016

Magnox workers deserve better

The unions representing those who have been working hard to successfully (and safely) decommission Hinkley A power station came to see me the other day. They are complaining about the impact the new Enterprise Bill is likely to have on them. Magnox is, effectively, a private company and the people …
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Your voice at the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe was formed just after the Second World War and with Winston Churchill's solid approval. It was always designed as a forum to ensure that politicians kept talking rather than going to war with one another. It preceded the European Parliament and has survived intact. I am an …
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Power to the people

An important milestone in the long road to new nuclear power was reached today. The Government's decision on a planning application to build a new range of pylons to carry the lines from Hinkley C power station was finally made. It is one of the vital links in the complicated process of planning …
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And so farewell….but what a waste of OUR money

Somerset County Council has already quit South West One, it may well be that Avon and Somerset Police will also abandon the failed partnership and on Thursday this weekTaunton Deane council is preparing to bale out. Not before time. The fiasco of this ridiculous outsourcing "partnership" has cost …
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Flood Prevention – latest

The focus of recent national attention has been, quite rightly, on the flooding crisis in Cumbria and Yorkshire. I sympathise greatly with those who have suffered up there. We know what its like. And we've learned the lessons. The programme of new flood defences for Somerset goes on. The latest …
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