Be careful what you wish for

Two weeks ago, when David Cameron was making it clear to the press that he would be expecting the Ministers of his Cabinet to vote in favour of staying in the Europe Union, and then making it clear that he had said the complete opposite, Sir Edward Leigh was interviewed by the BBC and stated…

Getting blood from a stone

During the General Election campaign, David Cameron announced that a Conservative Government would find additional savings of £12 billion in the welfare budget.  He had already promised that there would be no cuts to benefits paid to people of pensionable age.  So the retired Wing Commander can rest safe in the knowledge that his desperately…

The Human Rights Act, straw men and hot air

Sitting in the High Court yesterday, the Honourable Mr Justice Collins ruled that the tagging of an Imam suspected of radicalising young people and spearheading a media campaign in support of al-Shabaab, was a breach of his human rights.  The ruling speaks more about the human rights of people with mental health issues, than terrorism issues….

Passing laws for politics’ sake

Within a Western Democracy, the role of the Government and Parliament is to provide and administer the legislation to provide security and freedom to its citizens.  It provides security from external influences and shocks, but also to citizens from each other, whilst extending the individual freedoms. Over recent months though, there have been a number…

How much will your Council Tax increase next year? By 1400%?

A piece of legislation called the Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill 2015, passed its first reading in the House of Lords on Monday of last week.  The purpose of this bill is to effect an update of the Council Tax Bands without the need for an expensive and difficult full revaluation.  You can find a…

Mock indignation and the politics of envy and greed

We expect our Members of Parliament to fulfil a range of tasks.  They have to be our Constituency MP, representing us in our fight for a Pelican crossing outside the local school.  They have to scrutinise the actions of the Government and State bodies and hold them to account.  They have to painstakingly analyse lines…