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Grantham Journal column: It’s all just a bit of banter

Grantham Journal column: It’s all just a bit of banter

Grantham Journal column: It’s all just a bit of banter

06 September 2015

Someone called me a ‘Whingeing Pom’ this week. He had no right to. He wasn’t an Australian. If he had been, I might have forgiven him for not knowing any better.


Grantham Journal column: Please don’t be rude

Grantham Journal column: Please don’t be rude

Grantham Journal column: Please don’t be rude

30 August 2015

People who believe my most fervent pet hates concern political correctness, privatisation, fat cats and the like, are totally wrong.


Grantham Journal column: An epidemic of obesity

Grantham Journal column: An epidemic of obesity

Grantham Journal column: An epidemic of obesity

09 August 2015

Have you ever had one of those totally inexplicable imaginary visions which appear to make a mockery of everything around you?


Community care this holiday season

Community care this holiday season

Community care this holiday season

31 July 2015

The holiday season is now upon us, which means weekend getaways, barbecues in the garden, and a general onslaught of activity across the whole of the county.


Grantham Journal column: It’s time to make a start on turning around Grantham’s fortunes

Grantham Journal column: It’s time to make a start on turning around Grantham’s fortunes

Grantham Journal column: It’s time to make a start on turning around Grantham’s fortunes

26 July 2015

The recent Grantham Area Committee was well attended and therefore demonstrated the desire of many residents to debate the important issues that affect our town.


Grantham Journal column: Some answers please?

Grantham Journal column: Some answers please?

Grantham Journal column: Some answers please?

19 July 2015

Unlike almost every other country in the world, there could never be any suggestion of anything underhand about our democratic elections.


Grantham Journal column: Earn more, pay less tax and rely less on benefits in the future

Grantham Journal column: Earn more, pay less tax and rely less on benefits in the future

Grantham Journal column: Earn more, pay less tax and rely less on benefits in the future

19 July 2015

Earlier this week, I voted for the national living wage and I don’t think I have ever been prouder to be a Conservative – or done something that will benefit more of the people I represent in the Grantham area.


Grantham Journal column: Send me to the Tower

Grantham Journal column: Send me to the Tower

Grantham Journal column: Send me to the Tower

05 July 2015

For years now I have recognised that, like our democracy, the Houses of Parliament have been falling apart.


Grantham Journal column: We must act to root out extreme ideas in which this terrorism feeds

Grantham Journal column: We must act to root out extreme ideas in which this terrorism feeds

Grantham Journal column: We must act to root out extreme ideas in which this terrorism feeds

05 July 2015

A lot of us will spend some time in the next few months lying on sunloungers somewhere on the shores of the Mediterranean.


Grantham Civic Society: An unfortunate family tale from Little Gonerby

Grantham Civic Society: An unfortunate family tale from Little Gonerby

Grantham Civic Society: An unfortunate family tale from Little Gonerby

21 June 2015

Anti-social behaviour and poor housing was as much a feature of 19th Century Grantham as it has been more recently.


Grantham Journal column: The spectre of sci-fi hate

Grantham Journal column: The spectre of sci-fi hate

Grantham Journal column: The spectre of sci-fi hate

21 June 2015

A former colleague and long-standing friend once told me he was immensely proud of the fact that he had never read a book of any kind since his schooldays.


Grantham Journal column: Weathering the storm

Grantham Journal column: Weathering the storm

Grantham Journal column: Weathering the storm

14 June 2015

Have you noticed that Grantham’s weather seldom follows the same pattern as that shown by forecasters on television?


Grantham Journal column: Is hospitals hint true?

Grantham Journal column: Is hospitals hint true?

Grantham Journal column: Is hospitals hint true?

07 June 2015

Some readers have told me I should stop moaning about the future, or lack of it, for Grantham Hospital and let sleeping dogs lie.


Grantham Journal column: My task - three million new apprentices over the next five years

Grantham Journal column: My task - three million new apprentices over the next five years

Grantham Journal column: My task - three million new apprentices over the next five years

07 June 2015

In politics, as in tobogganing, momentum is all. The Prime Minister is determined to make the most of his victory in the general election, and of the small but perfectly-formed majority with which the voters have rewarded us.


Grantham Journal column: Let’s abolish money

Grantham Journal column: Let’s abolish money

Grantham Journal column: Let’s abolish money

09 May 2015

Ever since Margaret Thatcher inflicted her ‘short-term-looks-good; long-term-disastrous’ financial policies on an unsuspecting electorate in the 1980s, I’ve been concerned that one day money would outlive its usefulness.


Grantham Journal column: Litter is dropped by the selfish and lazy

Grantham Journal column: Litter is dropped by the selfish and lazy

Grantham Journal column: Litter is dropped by the selfish and lazy

09 May 2015

Our green and pleasant land is under threat. There is a creeping insidious problem which is spreading across the country. Litter.


Grantham Journal column: Pitfalls of immigration

Grantham Journal column: Pitfalls of immigration

Grantham Journal column: Pitfalls of immigration

03 May 2015

One of the commonest misconceptions about our great country, fostered quite blatantly by successive governments, is that we have always been a nation of immigrants.


Grantham Journal column: Welcome to Britain’s promised land...

Grantham Journal column: Welcome to Britain’s promised land...

Grantham Journal column: Welcome to Britain’s promised land...

19 April 2015

At Grantham King’s School, which incidentally couldn’t have been more a part of the establishment in the 1950s, we were taught to look forward to Utopia.


Grantham Journal column: We must face dangers of child exploitation and act against them

Grantham Journal column: We must face dangers of child exploitation and act against them

Grantham Journal column: We must face dangers of child exploitation and act against them

14 March 2015

During our last communities and public health scrutiny committee meeting at Lincolnshire County Council a very serious subject was raised.


Grantham Journal column: Allotments are the key

Grantham Journal column: Allotments are the key

Grantham Journal column: Allotments are the key

08 March 2015

For some time now I have been trying to think of an alternative to foodbanks, the Third World solution to this country’s austerity nightmare.


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