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At present a good deal of so called financial education is sponsored, or even taught, by banks. This is like allowing a burglar to teach crime prevention techniques.
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Whether or not to lend should be taken by the creditor and not by anyone else. Democracy has nothing to do with it.
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Um, actually no...but an unbiased even-handed approach, which we should expect from our national, publicly funded, broadcaster, would make a change.
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I'm all in favour of all homes paying the same amount of council tax regardless of whether they are 'second' or not. However, second home owners should not be penalised. They do spend money in the areas in which they live, and there are many villages in the West Country that were 'condemned' in the 1950's and have only been brought back to life by 'incomers'. One thing however: if full council tax is paid there should be no question of denying second home owners a vote, as is done for example in Suffolk Coastal DC. No taxation without representation!!!
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Putting patients first? A lot to be done here, and not just uncomprehending doctors (although that could be a quick win, if the EU allows of course) We provided dinner last night to a distraught friend who had spent just under four hours being ignored in A and E with his wife who, it turns out, is seriously ill. The story is too grisly too relate in detail, but suffice it to say that there is little sign of 'management' emanating from the fleets of bureaucrats that look after the behemoth that is the National Health Service. Breaking it up could be the answer.
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The whole point of this is to bring home to tenants that they need to leave the place clean and tidy and generally be responsible 'leavers' If it really works I don't seen what the problem is.
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Yes John they have. Sky News occupies the same self obsessed hot house.
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As someone who has been on the receiving end of Suffolk County Council's plans, all I can say is thank the Lord that they are having a rethink.
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Firstly I should say that I am a councillor on an old style 4th option council, which means we have an extended committee system instead of a cabinet and leader. There are pros and cons, particularly with regard to the speed of decision making, but on the whole I believe that councillors do feel more involved, everyone has a role of sorts, and there is no question of only seeing 'abbreviated' papers. Additionally, the extent to which councillors feel involved, depends on the communication and leadership skills of the political group leaders, and their willingness to see and promote open debate within the context of the group meetings. I suppose this also applies in Leader and Cabinet situations. To answer the last question with regard to community engagement however, I frankly don't really see the problem provided that councillors ARE well informed about what is going on. There are many ways to connect with the electorate, which does not, at the District level, comprise that many people. I have a blog which is increasingly read, on which I talk about what is going on at the council among other local matters. Other electronic solutions such as a bulletin board as described, websites or face book, are good ways to reach those with access to computers. The problem lies with the 'hard to reach', and then I am afraid there is no alternative to just banging on doors, going to local events and keeping in touch with the vicar!
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Absolutely right. I am a councillor from Suffolk. We have saved stacks of money by introducing two weekly collections, we have no more rats than anyone else and no complaints from residents. Localism? huh!
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I don't really agree with you. If people are to have some real experience of life outside politics before becoming an MP, which in my view remains desirable, then they do need of necessity to be (well) into their 40's before entering the House. We have too many MP's now who have done nothing much other than work in or around politics.
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I have already voted 'no' to AV by postal vote....and found the wording of the question very odd by the way....but I don't think this very personalised campaigning is appropriate and may prove counter productive.
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As a woman I feel safe in saying 'Isn't she completely beautiful?' and so right as well! Western women need to find a way of showing real solidarity with brave people like Veena Malik
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The Conservative Group at Babergh District Council (South Suffolk) have just, after overcoming a certain amount of resistance, managed to have a flagpole erected outside the offices. To see it go to www.jennyantillsblog.blogspot.com Unfortunately there was no wind, so it didn't look particularly impressive, but it will! The pole was paid for by councillors, so no cost to the public.
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Maybe I am a complete Pollyanna, but when I campaign to retain my District Council seat this May I will be trying hard to avoid anything that can be remotely seen as personal attacks on the opposition (however tempting) I am sure that this will play to the mood of the electorate who increasingly disillusioned, glaze over when they see this sort of thing. Positive campaigning or nothing.
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I think that you are all being a bit harsh. I have attended the CCA conference twice since being elected and have found it very useful and instructive. However, the Association should be doing more to encourage younger Conservatives to stand for office.
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I think that this is an excellent idea. The District Council on which I sit has 43 councillors and I think that there is real work for about two thirds of these as most. I am in a two seat ward with a councillor who is also on the County Council and I do all the District Work while he is occupied elsewhere. This is pointless and expensive, and moreover, I do not feel particularly overworked.
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Give up on the Today programme, use the internet, and listen to Radio Three while getting up, brushing teeth etc. Listen to real geniuses, who have left bias and egotism behind them by and large. Result: lower blood pressure and a more balanced view
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As a councillor, elected just over three years ago, I take on quite a lot of 'casework', and indeed my husband is suprised at how time consuming this is. Sometimes I don't get anywhere and then when appropriate I do call on our hard working Conservative MP to weigh in, which generally does the trick. He does however have the benefit of secretarial and other support which I do not! I find the disparaging remarks about councillors (invisible, dodging responsibility etc.) rather irritating. Generally council websites have contact details for councillors, including home telephone numbers and e mail. People use these very regularly! If you worked out our hourly pay it would fall well below the minimum wage. This is fair enough since we do not do it for the money, but most of the councillors I know are consciencious and go well beyond the call of duty to help their residents.
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I am a trustee of our local Citizens Advice and also a councillor. Sometimes this is rather an awkward relationship given the source of a lot of our funding (from the council). However I so not feel uncomfortable with it most of the time. I am clear that we do a huge amount for the local community for considerably less than its real cost due to our band of volunteers. It must be said that we give great value for money. The operation would be impossible without the funding stream from the local authorities since raising around £100,000 a year from elsewhere would be impossible. I do however think that money has been flowing out to charities in a very indiscriminate way. We regularly justify our funding with hard statistics showing what outcomes we are achieiving in terms of money saved for our clients/benefits obtained etc. I should say that this massively exceeds our £100,000 of annual costs. Would that this emphasis on outcome (hard or soft) were ubiquitous!
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'Where does the 'baby-eating Tory' stereotype come from?' A few years ago I did a degree as a VERY mature student at University College London. There were a couple of us, both middle aged women of a Conservative persuasion. The amount of brainwashing from the left leaning lecturers was astonishing, and the students straight from school lapped it up, and indeed regarded it as an extension of what they had been spoon fed by their former teachers. It was fun to challenge the assumption that Mrs Thatcher was some sort of monster and that indeed the Conservatives were repellant enemies of everything that is good and noble. Indeed after four years (it was a language degree) of challenging the lecturers' assumptions some of the younger ones actually voted Tory. It was a long haul though.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2010 on How The East Was Lost at CentreRight
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If Capital Gains Tax is raised to the marginal tax rate without any tapering or inflation related indexation my husband will resign from the Conservative Party immediately. I am a Conservative Councillor and will be considering my position. I only have a year to go until the next elections but will almost certainly resign from the party and then decide whether to stand as an Independent. An increase in CGT without taking inflation into account amounts to institutionalised theft.
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Actually it looks a bit like me on a Council Meeting day..... Seriously it is sad that Labour thinks that people should not have responsibility for themselves and for others. This is just confusing and unfunny, and you would have to be quite politically clued up to understand what point the video is actually making.
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Yes, wasn't it fanstastic. At least we can still do Shakespeare well. As far as the debate is concerned, Cameron has played a long game and it has paid off tonight.
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And the quality will continue to decline if excellent people, who have done a lot more in their lives than simply be political assitants to other politicians, are deterred from getting involved in Local Government by being treated as rubbish. Rubbish creates rubbish.
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