On January 13th the Tories claimed that they had banned credit card charges. They even produced this onliune ad. Theresa May also tweeted that they were "banning hidden charges" and the move would enable "millions of people avoid rip-off fees". The truth is more interesting. The EU passed the Payment Services Directive II on November … Continue reading On no they didn’t!
Theresa May's bold plan to end avoidable plastic waste by 2042 is just kicking the can down the street. Bearing in mind that this plan was first promised 3 years ago to wait another 25 years to get rid of "avoidable plastic waste" is ridiculous. The whole point is that it's avoidable. That great bastion … Continue reading The planet can’t wait 25 years!
55,000 operations have been cancelled in the last month and 16,900 people had to wait outside A&E in ambulances for an excessive time between Christmas and New Year. Against a target of 95% only 81% of patients were seen in A&E within the target time of 4 hours. On top of this, in October, Jeremy Hunt … Continue reading The reward for failure
Happy New Year. The YouGov poll which shows that 78% of Labour members want a second referendum should be a wake up call to Jeremy Corbyn. As more days go by and the harder the reality of leaving the EU hits the more the view will move to Exit from Brexit. Michael Gove's announcement today … Continue reading 78% of Labour members want a second referendum
The continuing woes for RBS has resulted in the announcement of the closure of lots of bank branches and the NatWest in Richmond is one of the victims. That's the second bank to go in the town this year. Banks can close branches with little risk because you are more likely to get divorced than … Continue reading NatWest in Richmond
The debacle yesterday over the EU negotiations is not going to get better - because of the Tory stance on leaving the customs union. Eire insists that there must not be a border between themselves and Northern Ireland - this is a key part of the Good Friday Agreement. However, this causes a problem with … Continue reading Things can only get worse
In these times when public services are crying out for money it seems curious that Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, should spend over £141,000 on consultants' fees in her bid to take over the Fire and Rescue Service. It may be that it makes sense to combine services but not to combine … Continue reading Police & Crime Commissioner blows £141,000 on takeover of the Fire and Rescue Services
Over the next week or two, Richmond residents will get a copy of our Focus newsletter. If you can't wait you can download a copy here It gives an update on The Friarage hospital mental health wards consultation plus the results of our Richmond business 'temperature check'. We'll be covering more of Richmondshire in the … Continue reading Focusing on Richmond
So said Chancellor, Philip Hammond on yesterday's Andrew Marr Show. You may not remember this poster from the 1979 Tory campaign. At the time unemployment had hit 1.4 million and Saatchi and Saatchi produced this poster. By February 1984 unemployment had hit 3.28 million! Unemployment stayed at over 2 million until 1997 and fell to under 1.4 … Continue reading There are no unemployed people!
Today David Davis has told the other 27 states in the EU that they must compromise in the Brexit talks. Why? It is us that is cutting our own throats. They don't need to compromise they have nothing to lose - only we have. There is absolutely no reason to give us anything - you … Continue reading David Davis just doesn’t get it