Tag: local politics

Translation: “We Surrender”

Labour councillor Nancy Platts made the announcement amid anti-racism protests across the UK in which a slave trader’s statue in Bristol was torn down and thrown into the harbour. She said: “The Black Lives Matter movement has rightly shone a…

Child ‘Protection’ Is Really State Servant Protection…

…the judge – who said he had never had to make such severe criticisms of the behaviour of social workers – has ruled that virtually no details of what happened may be made public. He ordered that the names of…

Why Do We Reward Blatant Disobedience?

Plans to set up an eight-pitch gypsy site have been refused… Yeah, you know there’s a ‘But’ comin’… …but retrospective permission was given for four plots which are already being built on the land. Why..? Just bloody WHY?!? Plans for…

The First Test For Priti…

Croydon Council accused the Home Office of forcing homeless families out of temporary accommodation, after it was outbid for an “important” property. And what did the Home Office want with this building, then? A few weeks ago, the Home Office…

What Are Councils Actually For..?

Last month The Argus reported on traders’ anger over the glass wall put up by the Coppa Club in The Lanes, Brighton. It surrounds the dolphin fountain in Brighton Square. Traders have demanded that the restaurant owners at Coppa Club…

“It’s Not Us, It’s You…”

The council told The Big Ride for Palestine, which has raised nearly £150,000 for sports equipment for children in Gaza since 2015, that the event’s “political connotations” meant that the closing rally of this year’s bike ride could not go…

Barking Up The Wrong Tree!

Keith and Joy Ford of Fleet Lane, Chickerell, are asking for an apology after receiving a letter from the dog warden. The couple, who are in their 80s, have been accused of allowing two chocolate Labradors to behave aggressively towards…

To Think You Went To Journalism School…

…in order to write stories like this: An American actor featured in the Star Trek television series and films has thanked a County Durham drag performer for highlighting a town mayor’s social media posts about gay people and Muslims. I….…

Council Priorities…

Blackburn with Darwen Council is seeking designation as a ‘Breastfeeding Friendly Borough’. It’s executive board last week agreed to take measures to secure official approval for the title. …what, you thought it was all cleaning the streets & keeping the…

Oh, Those Terrible, Terrible Cuts…

Council officers are searching through bags of rubbish to catch out residents who ignore the waste collection timetable…with warnings that fines will be handed out. What timetable? Castle Point Council currently collects black bag waste and recycled waste on alternate…

It’s Not ‘Your Share’…

Dial, based in Southernhay, Basildon, is the latest south Essex charity to go after Basildon Council withdrew crucial funding. Jan Stevens, the charity’s boss, said: “We are very, very upset. We are due to shut at the end of April.…

“But I’m An Act-or, Dahlink, Not A Stagehand!”

It was designed as an innovative and immersive drama to brighten up a struggling part of Brighton’s seafront. But the team behind Something Street has found themselves in hot water with Brighton and Hove City Council after failing to clear…