Author Archives: Neville Farmer

Opinion: Let’s stop pussyfooting over property prices

According to a report published by Shelter this week, if the price of an oven ready chicken had risen as fast as the price of the average house since 1971, it would cost £51.18. House prices simply have to fall if we’re to find any way out of our economic mess and many of those with mortgages are going to have to take a hit. What we need to do is to ensure that the pain is borne by those who can best afford it… and who caused the problem in the first place.

We need to get over our obsession …

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Opinion: Boundary nonsense

Boundary - Some rights reserved by ank0kuOn the face of it, the boundary change proposals were about cutting costs by having less MPs and strengthening democracy by having each MP represent roughly identical numbers of voters. Neither of these claims bear close scrutiny.

Our democracy is not a simple thing – it struggles its way through the conflicting needs of the nation and the individual. It is unrealistic to base our representation on population statistics alone. It’s true that there are a few Parliamentary seats with fairly sparsely populated

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Opinion: What free press?

Stand strong, Nick. Do not cave to Cameron over Leveson because if you do so, you go against your party’s wishes and, according to the polls, those of 86% of Daily Mail readers!

As a journalist, I have long defended the principle of a free press as a vital plank of democracy. The protests of journalists that we are facing the abyss are not unfounded. Yet there is a myth about the British press that is more fantastic than many of the stories it publishes; the myth that we have a “free” press, at all. The sheer quantity of coverage across …

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  • User AvatarJohn Barrett 4th Oct - 10:59pm
    If no crime has been committed it is still an outrage that Michelle Thomson and her husband have been buying up properties from victims of...
  • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 4th Oct - 10:50pm
    Al, Suggest you just read the Scottish Law Society judgement then if you don't like Ian Smart. Perhaps you can explain to us how "Mrs...
  • User AvatarMary Reid 4th Oct - 10:28pm
    Ah - the man who talked with his eyebrows.
  • User Avatarjohn Stevens 4th Oct - 10:20pm
    Working with France is the way forward. A pity the party did not support this in 2005, when it was proposed by pro-Europeans and when...
  • User AvatarAl 4th Oct - 10:11pm
    Unbelievably, Caron is actually recommending you read what Ian Smart says. Caron is well know for complaining about "abuse" on the internet including in comments...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 4th Oct - 10:10pm
    Alex B 4th Oct '15 - 8:25am "Agree that the Green party is a broad church, as Stephen outlines. I’ve come close to joining myself...