Category Archives: National politics

The Royal College of Surgeons is an unreliable witness

I don’t blog so much nowadays – trying to get on with the rest of my life. But, a story I heard on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning piqued my interest. A 24% increase in dental extractions … Continue reading

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The EU’s poor record on free trade agreements

I quite often listen to James O’Brien on LBC. He can be quite entertaining in spite of his reflex leftism. This morning I heard O’Brien roasting some bloke on Brexit and talking about the EU having 50 free trade agreements … Continue reading

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Labour pushed up rail fares much faster than now

For the last couple of days Labour and its fellow travellers in ostensibly neutral campaign groups such as Campaign for Better Transport have been complaining loudly about rail fare rises in line with longstanding government policy. In particular Labour is … Continue reading

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Shameless Khan was putting fares up higher when he was a minister

Shameless Labour mayoral candidate has got Labour party members hassling commuters this morning with this leaflet. They are complaining about fare rises that increased by RPI+1 from 2004 to 2013, a Labour policy to shift the burden of paying for … Continue reading

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UN foundation myth

I thought that Hilary Benn’s speech tonight was bang on. But, on one small detail he was wrong. Too often Labour types try to lay claim to every positive element of the post war settlement. I have written on this … Continue reading

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How will Ealing’s three Labour MPs vote today?

Today will see a debate and vote on a motion on extending airstrikes to Syria against ISIL. How will Ealing’s three Labour MPs vote today? I went looking for clues online. Rupa Huq, Ealing Central and Acton has a website … Continue reading

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The housing crisis crept up on us under Labour but don’t expect it to own up

Today both the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, and my MP Rupa Huq have been talking about housing affordability. Corbyn called in aid an email from a “Matthew” at PMQs at lunchtime. Huq, who remains unembarrassed about nominating Corbyn, … Continue reading

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The Ealing jobs miracle – unemployment falls below 5,000 – half what it was

Unemployment in the London Borough of Ealing, as measured by the claimant count, has fallen below 5,000 for the first time since June 2008. Ealing’s unemployment peaked at 9,580 in September 2009 as the post credit crunch recession worked its … Continue reading

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Human rights industry touting for business

The left wing press is bigging up another of those round robin letters this morning. BBC: Migrant crisis: UK response criticised by senior former judges The Guardian: Conservatives’ asylum policy on Syria criticised as ‘too low, too slow, too narrow’ … Continue reading

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Labour’s Jon Ashworth keeping up the fibs on housing

In response to David Cameron’s speech this morning the Labour Party bashed out this press release allegedly penned by Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Minister without Portfolio. Without scruple more like. I know the housing numbers so his housing claim leaps … Continue reading

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