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LAST week was a time to salute and give thanks for our D-Day heroes. Seventy years ago the quintessence of evil in the form of Nazism that had swept across Europe was being doggedly beaten back at great cost. We must never forget.
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3:14pm Wednesday 16th October 2013
THE government has locked horns with two of the great powers in the land: the press and charities. It’s attempting to impose rules on both establishments which are, predictably, resisting. But implicit in any independence is responsibility and here lies the problem.
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1:03pm Thursday 26th July 2012
I WAS last on a motorbike more than 30 years ago. But local journalist Mark Kimpton is a serious biker and road safety expert and the offer of a tour of the pitfalls of the A36 on the back of his BMW was too good to miss.
7:10am Thursday 28th June 2012
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11:45am Thursday 5th April 2012
NICK Clegg has gone up a notch in my estimation following his refusal to share airport accommodation with an Argentine delegation even if, by all accounts, it was Britain’s deputy PM who ended up shifting to the cheap seats.
10:19am Thursday 8th March 2012
* I’M delighted the government appears to be questioning the orthodoxy that onshore wind turbines are self-evidently a good thing. I particularly object to large amounts of scarce public money going to subsidise these horrible things. They may make a few lucky businessmen very rich but at the cost of blighting what remains of our open countryside, so the public dips out twice over.
12:13pm Thursday 9th February 2012
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10:07am Thursday 15th December 2011
IT’S always good to get supportive emails and my inbox has been full of nice messages from residents about the EU negotiations on Friday. David Cameron has certainly earned his rations in defence of the national interest.
11:10am Thursday 17th November 2011
12:22pm Thursday 20th October 2011
* THOUGH in the end it was right that he should go, we are the poorer for Liam Fox’s departure. He was an effective cabinet minister who stood up for defence, about which he cares passionately, squeezed the best deal possible out of the Treasury and began to reform the extraordinary ministry over which he presided.
4:03pm Wednesday 21st September 2011
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10:20am Friday 29th July 2011
GROWTH figures out this week are distinctly underwhelming. Nevertheless, I’m impressed by the half a million jobs created in the private sector this year. They’re needed to power us out of the deepest recession in living memory and support the general thrust of the coalition government’s approach to the economy and the deficit that threatens it.
12:41pm Thursday 30th June 2011
I HAVE had a fair amount of correspondence about pensions, from teachers especially, following the report of ex Labour minister Lord Hutton. As I write, I still hope strike action can be averted. I do not believe it is in anybody’s interests and it will surely achieve nothing. However, I do understand the passions around public sector pensions, not least as I’m anticipating mine and there’s nothing like a bit of self-interest to concentrate the mind.
1:15pm Thursday 2nd June 2011
ON Tuesday, I went to Plymouth to meet service providers in connection with a study ordered by David Cameron into provision for people injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. I met two amputees - one who had lost an arm and a leg and one a triple amputee.
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7:10am Thursday 16th December 2010
11:16am Thursday 18th November 2010
IT was a pretty miserable Sunday for our veterans and young people to be out paying their respects. However, I was impressed with the turnout at the two Remembrance Day services I attended. It seemed to me to exceed anything we’ve had in ten years.
7:10am Thursday 21st October 2010
IT’S 10pm on Tuesday and I’ve been looking through my inbox after a day dominated by the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Hardly surprisingly, given the nature of my constituency, it contains a shed-load of opinions, mostly positive, from a variety of defence experts. Concerns, naturally, have been expressed about headcount. I regret any job losses, uniformed or civilian, among my constituents as a result of the SDSR.
5:41pm Thursday 23rd September 2010
5:29pm Wednesday 8th September 2010
COPIES of objections to a wind farm planned for Silton in north Dorset continue to pour in. Never have I had such an inundation, at least since the last wind farm application rejected, I’m delighted to say, for the village of Cucklington.