Category Archives: Barnsley

Help me shine a light on grubby goings on in Barnsley council chamber

I wrote last week on this blog about the leadership of Barnsley council attempting to stifle scrutiny and accountability in the chamber of the council by altering standing orders.  I explained that last year a councillor was elected in Penistone West (Cllr Hannah Kitching) which made the ruling group and opposition uncomfortable.  For the first… Read More »

My vision for Penistone

Imagine if the town council had the power to influence local planning decisions. The vision of the Yorkshire Party is that power is devolved down to the lowest possible level to give local people real responsibilities and decision-making powers. In a fully devolved Yorkshire, this is what could happen in Penistone. Instead of just being… Read More »

Corbynista Hypocrisy?

Today seven Labour MPs resigned the party whip and have formed an Independent group in the House of Commons.  The seven are not particularly surprising and it was probably only a matter of time before something like this happened.  The seven include my own MP, Angela Smith the now Independent MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge. … Read More »

Shame on Barnsley Councillors

Yesterday, in the Barnsley Chronicle, I read an article about how our newly elected Lib Dem councillor Hannah Kitching had been treated when she had turned down the nomination to sit on the planning board of Barnsley council.  You can read the article here https://www.barnsleychronicle.com/article/councillor-declines-role-amid-bullying-claims The claims in the article made me feel incredibly uncomfortable… Read More »

Rise like a Yorkshire Pudding

Two years ago on Yorkshire Day, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of Yorkshire’s voice being strangled and the region being ignored by Westminster, I ‘gagged’ the statue of Dickie Bird in Barnsley town centre. (no harm was done and I ‘ungagged’ him after I’d taken some photo’s)  Two Yorkshire Day’s later and… Read More »