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Barnsley council don’t like scrutiny or democracy

The local government association states that one of the key roles residents expect their councillors to fulfil is to “represent their views at council meetings”.  So what do you do when you are the leader of a council with an overwhelming majority and a councillor has been elected who starts doing just this – asking… Read More »

Don’t Fall into the Binary Trap of Brexit

Almost 3 years ago the UK held a referendum on their membership of the European Union.  By a margin of 52% to 48% the UK voted to leave the EU.  At that point our country split and all of a sudden instead of politics and society being a spectrum of opinion, it became a binary… Read More »

Education Spending – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Last week I tweeted a video of an interchange between Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Prime Minister Theresa May near the end of Prime Minister’s Questions.  You can view the interchange here. In it Mrs May parrots one of the oft parroted ‘statistics’ the government often quote when challenged about education spending about record… Read More »

Free money – an idea whose time has come

Last year I wrote a post for my website promoting the concept of Universal Basic Income.  This came after listening to ex-Green party leader Natalie Bennett talking about it as part of the Skeptics at the Pub programme in Barnsley. I’m currently reading a very interesting book Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman which makes… Read More »

More Jess Phillips and Less Alan Mak please

Ten years ago today the MP ‘expenses scandal’ hit the headlines when the Daily Telegraph began publishing details of some of the bizarre (duck houses, moat clearing) and illegal (mortgage fraud) claims made by MPs on expenses.  In the 10 years since this, our opinions of politicians and politics seems to have sunk to an… Read More »

My wow moment and the Yorkshire Party

The Yorkshire Party was formed 5 years ago to fight the European elections of 2014. Almost 5 years ago, in early July 2014, the Tour de France used Yorkshire as its Grand Depart – for two glorious days bringing to a global audience the beauty and diversity of “God’s own county”, the county of Yorkshire. … Read More »

Time for revolution in Barnsley?

I am an avid reader of the letters page in the Barnsley Chronicle (and have been known to contribute to it myself occasionally).  This week contained a letter from a gentleman in Monk Bretton which I found rather depressing. The premise of his letter is that he won’t be voting on May 2nd – in… Read More »