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9:00am Thursday 13th November 2008
On Remembrance Sunday we shall all pause to reflect on those who have laid down their lives for their country. This year, there will be an extra poignancy. There have been 35 deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of the year, and it is only right that our thoughts should be with their families.
12:08pm Tuesday 11th November 2008
With the markets around the world in turmoil these are times of great instability and anxiety. Everyone is concerned and affected by the financial crisis. Families are worried about their income and savings and employees about the affect on their pensions.
12:05pm Tuesday 11th November 2008
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10:31am Thursday 18th September 2008
10:33am Thursday 18th September 2008
This summer has been truly rotten. From the appalling weather to the rising food and fuel prices there has been very little room for cheer. In the wider world, Russia flexed her muscles in an international incident in the Caucasus and the worldwide economy suffered a series of shocks, including the collapse of US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The UK’s own rate of inflation rose to 4.7 per cent in August, the highest since records began in 1997. Millions around the UK are feeling the impact of the economic crisis.
10:29am Thursday 18th September 2008
It is hard to remember a time when the public held their elected politicians in lower esteem. Surveys show that only journalists and estate agents come close to our profession in terms of public contempt. Sometimes it is not hard to understand why.
3:58pm Friday 18th July 2008
Last week in Prime Minister's Questions, I queried why the Government is trying to exempt London from new air quality controls, when it claimed that there would be no further expansion of Heathrow unless proposals met strict environmental limits. As usual, I was unable to get a straight answer, but I am not alone in finding this.
3:57pm Friday 18th July 2008
On Saturday, July 12, the community of Hayes and Harlington stood up to be counted and we won. Despite all the attempts by Hillingdon Council to kill off the Hayes carnival, large numbers of local people and local community groups came together and made this year's carnival a success.
3:50pm Friday 18th July 2008