Red Face Day?

In Dunster & Timberscombe that "morning after" feeling may well have descended.  Yesterday there was a by-election for a Councillor.  The voters defied allegiance, habit and tradition to pick a Liberal Democrat. It was a low turnout, but the result is still an acute embarrassment to the …
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The Wrong Arm of the Law 2

It may not be your favourite bedtime reading. Or mine for that matter! But I am told that most self-respecting local government lawyers are never far from a copy of the magazine which bears the same esteemed name. The latest issue picks up on the letter from Sedgemoor District Council to Taunton …
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Trumpton Deane

If Donald Trump discovers what Taunton Deane intend to spend on their old HQ he will probably go into tweeting overdrive, blame it all on the media, and accuse me of wiretapping Councillor Williams office.  Thankfully, back here on Planet West Somerset, we can see through the fake news! I am greatly …
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“Ian! Lucius Malfoy. We meet at last.”

He took off the wig for our get-together and didn't turn up with that menacing silver stick in his hand or the evil look in his eye. In the flesh the man behind the mask of Lucius Malfroy is a very nice actor indeed called Jeremy Isaacs. He and I share one big thing in common. We are both …
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“They think its all over”………..

I can assure you that it is not. The pathetic excuse for consultation about the merger may have concluded. It was arranged and orchestrated by Taunton Deane Borough Council and- thankfully - is now formally closed. The whole thing was a sick joke. Anyone from anywhere could complete their online …
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The Wrong Arm of the Law

The architects of the mad plan to merge Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils deliberately picked the wrong law to try and sneak it through without proper consultation. That has been my suspicion all along. It is also the firm conclusion of Sedgemoor District Council who were recently asked to …
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A nasty smell in Taunton……

"It wasn't me guv." I didn't report Taunton Deane Council to the Fraud Squad. One of their own town councils called them in. The accusation is that Taunton has been levying council tax by a method which costs individual households more than it should The suggestion is that this has been going on for …
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What a load of rubbish

Looks lovely, doesn't it. This is the image visitors will see if they look up Taunton Deane on Google - an enticing picture of a pile of rotting garbage, courtesy of Taunton Deane Borough Council! Never mind their profligate plans to spend squillions tarting up their own offices, forget their …
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Parliament goes for Brexit

There is now no longer any doubt. Last night, after a long and fascinating debate, MPs voted decisively to support triggering Article 50 - the bit of our membership agreement with the EU that  allows us to hand back our card and leave the club. The size of the majority in favour should convince the …
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Protecting our borders

An important part of my job is to chair the combined Conservative group at the Council of Europe.  The Council has no connection to the European Parliament, but in fact brings in a much wider range of Parliamentarians from countries including Russia. For this reason alone it is a very important …
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