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1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Are the Police and Cri... · 0 replies · +1 points

The Chief Constables jealously guard their 'operational' powers and the impression I have is that the PCCs have very limited policy influence over their Police Forces. While politicians should not be involved in nitty-gritty operational issues (its not what they're paid for), the lack of policy influence does seem to be a real failing. That and the PCCs seemingly cost more than the old Police Authorities did... Looking forward, my preference would be for some form of Local Government oversight of the Police, preferably under large, strategic unitary authorities.

15 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Daily press conference... · 0 replies · +1 points

So the Chief Medical and Scientific Officers advising the Government not to do this *yet* are incompetent then?

16 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: Hunt breaks ran... · 0 replies · +1 points

So the GP you spoke to is more qualified to deal with this than the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor? Quick - let’s put her in charge of the situation, I’m sure she’d know what to do! Or maybe not... the CMO and CSA got their jobs for a reason. I’d rather trust their judgements than knee jerk reactions from politicians thinking “something must be done!”

19 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - David Gauke: Javid, Sm... · 0 replies · +1 points

David Gauke is the Sir Robert Peel of our times - tonedeaf and self righteous, convinced of his own moral superiority. But minus the intelligence, or the greatness. I hope Mr Gauke isn’t paid for these articles...

22 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Bailey has three month... · 0 replies · +1 points

I think to win the London Mayoralty you need to be a high profile candidate and Shaun Bailey is unfortunately not that person. Rory Stewart could have been but his vanity and political misjudgments have put paid to that and I don’t see him winning London as an Independent. Stewart and Bailey will split the vote and allow a very underwhelming machine politician get re-elected. There is an argument in favour of early selections but in this case, we selected far too early and more heavyweight, higher profile candidates did not come forward as at that time Sadiq Khan looked unbeatable. Now the shine has come off Sadiq... we are left in this unhappy situation...

23 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Queen's Speech in ... · 2 replies · +1 points

This is a ‘classic’ made up story by Dom Cummings to distract the media and they’ve fallen for it hook line and sinker. I’m just surprised Tim Shipman of the Sunday Times was stupid enough to fall for it...

52 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Kennedy: Unitar... · 0 replies · +1 points

I 100% agree with this article. I am a current County Cllr, have been a District Cllr and previously stood for a unitary council and the two (in reality three with Town & Parish Councils) is absurd and does not serve the public well.

The problem in rural areas is that in order to run expensive services like Adult Social Care and Children's Services you need a population of c. 500,000 to make the Unitary Authority viable. That means you're looking at larger County wide unitaries than your smaller Districts. Nonetheless, as Andrew describes above, many of the County Unitaries operate local and area boards that are effective at running low lever local services, while leaving the larger unitary to run the bigger strategic services.

If we are serious about Local Government as a Party then this is the way to go. The two tier system has had its time and if we want better local government in this country then unitaries are the way to go.

72 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Ferris Cowper: In East... · 0 replies · +1 points

You could save even more money and abolish yourself and have a unitary authority. The era of three tier (Parish, District and County) local government is outdated and no longer affordable. While I congratulate East Hants for being as efficient as they can be, the fact is their budget is tiny compared to County, Fire and Police. Savings at District level do not compensate for having to fund and provide strategic and expensive services like Adult Social Care and Children's Services.

73 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Hargrave: Conserv... · 0 replies · +1 points

I don't wish to be personal but this article sums up everything wrong with public affairs professionals, and indeed the 'public affairs' industry when it comes to actually coming up with solutions and alternative ideas. Always obsessed with the process of politics and not the actual ideas behind the arguments, where is the vision? Where are the principles? Does Mr Hargrave have any experience of running a business? Most Public Affairs consultancies rip off their clients, pretending they are giving insight when in reality work is often farmed out to interns and graduate workers that anyone with a remote interest in politics could do.

Given that Mrs May's domestic policies consist of re-heated Ed Milibandism... I am struggling to see why these 'centrists' think she is being too right wing?

73 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Hargrave: Conserv... · 0 replies · +1 points

I don't wish to be personal but this article sums up everything wrong with public affairs professionals, and indeed the 'public affairs' industry when it comes to actually coming up with solutions and alternative ideas. Always obsessed with the process of politics and not the actual ideas behind the arguments, where is the vision? Where are the principles? Does Mr Hargrave have any experience of running a business? Most Public Affairs consultancies rip off their clients, pretending they are giving insight when in reality work is often farmed out to interns and graduate workers that anyone with a remote interest in politics could do.

Given that Mrs May's domestic policies consist of re-heated Ed Milibandism... I am struggling to see why these 'centrists' think she is being too right wing?