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 Avatarpeter tyzack 27th Aug - 9:30am
    we could usefully start by teaching our broadcast media the differences between the terms they seem to use without any understanding themselves .. and ensure...
  • User AvatarJennie 27th Aug - 9:27am
    Cabinetmakers??? Fascinating. #DamnYouAutocorrect #DamnYouSwipeKeyboard
  • User AvatarJennie 27th Aug - 9:25am
    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MENS? Am I first? ;) Like Dave I have found this series of articles both cabinetmakers and useful. Thank you for...
  • User AvatarDave Page 27th Aug - 9:22am
    I've really appreciated this series of articles. I look forward to getting more involved with LDW at Glasgow Conference.
  • User AvatarRC 27th Aug - 8:55am
    "The last Labour government introduced Regional Development Agencies which were beginning to show signs of bucking the London-centric trend before they were scrapped by this...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 27th Aug - 8:34am
    @George Potter No, the 'on demand' policy adopted by the party is a complete mess. It won't work. The last time serious devolution was on...