March 4, 2016 Leave a comment
This blog is in retirement.
I am now blogging here – a word from wier
Essex Labour activist
January 4, 2016 Leave a comment
Here is what I read and listened to in 2015. If nothing else, I hope 2016 is a bit more productive in this field.
The best I tackled? Definitely A Child Called “It”, a remarkable (and awful) story, very moving. Honourable mentions also go to The Wasp Factory and Little Gypsy.
|A. L. Morton||The English Utopia|
|Agatha Christie||Crooked House|
|Anna Sebba||That Woman : The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor|
|Catherine Aird||Henrietta Who?|
|Charles Dickens||Great Expectations|
|Colin Brown||Whitehall : The Street that Shaped a Nation|
|Dave Pelzer||A Child Called “It”|
|David Attenborough||Life Stories|
|Dawn French||Dear Fatty|
|Guest edited by Karen Celis and Sarah Childs||Representation : Journal of Representatove Democracy Volume 44 Number 2 July 2008|
|Iain Banks||The Wasp Factory|
|Jay Rayner||The Apologist|
|Jesse Armstrong||Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals|
|John Mortimer||Rumpole at Christmas|
|John O’Farrell||The Man Who Forgot His Wife|
|Marina Lewycka||Various Pets Alive & Dead|
|Max Hastings||Bomber Command|
|Mick McDermott||Speaking With Forked Tongues : An amusing & revealing insight into the modern bookmaking industry|
|P. D. James||The Private Patient : An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery|
|Patricia Cornwell||Portrait Of A Killer|
|Peter Millar||All Gone To Look For America|
|Robert Peston||Who Runs Britain? …. and who’s to blame for the economic mess we’re in|
|Robin Harris||The Conservatives – A History|
|Roxy Freeman||Little Gypsy|
|Sarah Waters||The Little Stranger|
|Simon Louvish||Stan And Ollie The Roots Of Comedy : The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy|
|Sophie Kinsella||Shopaholic & Sister|
|Tom Holland||In The Shadow Of The Sword : The battle for global empire and the end of the ancient world|
|Vince Cable||Free Radical|
|Winston Churchill||The Second World War : Book Four: Triumph and Tragedy|
November 17, 2015 16 Comments
Estimable blogger Matt Dent describes Cllr Jonathan Garston as a lonely figure in Milton ward. It is not a description I entirely agree with as Jonathan managed to find an impressive number of Tories in May to give him another four years. Of course, special thanks was doubtless also given to Vida Mansfield, whose idea of progressive politics must include hobbling Labour’s chances of defeating the Tories in this marginal ward.
Garsty includes at least one Milton resident as his friend. Gavin Chambers (Cllr Chambers to give him his formal title) is a man aghast at the temerity of the homeless to be homeless. So appalled is this Milton resident that he is tempted by the delights of Leigh.
Hang on though, is he a Milton resident? He shows Loughton as his address on the Epping Forest District Council website. Mind you, perhaps he is as confused about his home address as he is about his politics. After all, this one time Liberal Democrat went Indie before seeking comfort in the bosom of the Conservative Party.
Of course, Cllr Chambers might consider looking into the policies of a Government that has seen homelessness increase under its watch.
November 10, 2015 Leave a comment
The selection of Labour candidates for next May’s council elections in Southend-on-Sea is ongoing. So far, the following have been selected:
|Blenheim Park||Matt Dent|
|Eastwood Park||Elaine Wardrop|
|Milton||Cllr Julian Ware-Lane|
|St Laurence||Reg Copley|
|St Luke’s||Donna Richardson|
|Victoria||Cllr Ian Gilbert|
|Westborough||Cllr Anne Jones|
Thus, five wards have yet to select, and I imagine that these will be done in the next couple of months.
Of this magnificent dozen (well, eleven of them are magnificent anyway) five are first-time candidates, five are women, two are defending their seats, and three are current councillors. One is a former mayor, one is eighteen. All would grace the council chamber with aplomb.
Five write blogs, and the four others include
November 2, 2015 Leave a comment
It was a pleasure to join our St Luke’s candidate, Donna Richardson. If my snapshot is anything to go by then we are on for a Labour landslide here in May. However, that does somewhat fly in the face of the facts of recent elections, which have seen both Conservative and Labour vote shares plummet. This has enabled the rise of the Independents, whose lacklustre representation must worry residents. Their only contribution to debate recently has been Cllr Ayling’s whining about having to pay for paper and ink (currently provided for by the hard-pressed Southend tax-payers).
Cllr Ayling’s only contribution to the blogosphere in three years is a complaint about a reduction to his Special Responsibility Allowance. Come now , Brian, you were not elected for this.
November 2, 2015 Leave a comment
“A major multi-agency incident” was how the man-in-charge described it to me. A crime scene, with the southern spur of Sutton Road (that which connects directly with Southchurch Road) taped off.
I saw am apparently incapacitated male lying on the canopy over the entrance to Barringtons.
Two fire engines, three ambulances, and half a dozen police cars; something like thirty to forty emergency services personnel present.
I called Cllr Jones (Barringtons being in Kursaal ward) who hot-footed it from her bed. She got a representative from South Essex Homes to attend – it is they who manage Barringtons.
The incident occurred somewhere between 9 and 9.30pm, and was likely (so I was told last night) to mean the road being inaccessible all night. Although all were tight-lipped, it seemed that a serious incident had taken place.
It certainly attracted a fair amount of attention from passers-by and near-neighbours alike.