Her Majesty the Queen was subdued on her birthday. So are we all after the film The Towering Inferno became reality at Grenfell Towers. Reality without the hero, without the Hollywood sanitisation protecting us from thinking about slow deaths due to smoke inhalation. The film was clean, vision only. There was no smell of fear, no burning of heat, no difficulty breathing, no choking or coughing. There was no edge of panic in voices and actions. [Read more…] about People First? Some Thoughts on Grenfell Towers
Who should I vote for in the forthcoming election? A person or party with political gravitas, one that shows qualities of statesmanship. Or should it be statespersonship? Where are such people? I only see squabbling fourth-formers exchanging slogans as if they embody the solution to the world’s problems.
Our politicians try to do their best but they are products of the system which seems to me to be flawed. But that is a story for another day.
[Read more…] about Who Should I Vote for?
So, in two weeks time – and three years earlier than we expected – we have a general election to look forward to. Some people may have reacted to this news with “a chance to get rid of the current government”; others with “a chance to give the government a greater mandate”. But for many it is possibly “here we go again”. [Read more…] about General Election 2017
General Election: Thursday 8th June 2017
Blog post by chippy minton: General Election 2017 [Read more…] about General Election 2017 Candidates Announced (Winchester; Eastleigh)
About 14 years ago, at about the time I retired and began to withdraw from some of my commitments, I wrote down a list of some of the things I would like to see happen during the remainder of my life.
Recently, I found the notes I had written. Here they are, verbatim.
I hoped for: [Read more…] about Agenda of Hopes Dashed
I spoke with a Sri Lankan Professor called Sunil about who are the Sri Lankans. The guide books say there are Sinhala, Tamils, Burghers, Moors and Veddah. How do you tell which are which? I asked.
“Did you expect Britain to vote for Brexit?” He asked. “And did you expect Donald Trump to be elected President of USA?” I told him “No” on both counts. ” [Read more…] about As Others See Us – Brexit Britain
You may have noticed in the news media that there was a Presidential election in the USA last week. You may also be vaguely aware that not everyone was happy with the result. Well, here we see an important and valuable lesson about the democratic process:
You don’t always get the result that you want.
How did Eastleigh vote in the EU Referendum?
In the latest newsletter of Eastleigh Borough Council, it shows how Eastleigh voted yesterday:
[Read more…] about EU Referendum – Eastleigh
What do you know about the European Union? Not much, I bet. Yet we are all going to be asked to vote about staying in or leaving.
It will be a decision made of ignorance for what do we know of the EU? Do you know how to contact your representative or even who they are and what problems they may be able to help with? [Read more…] about EU – In or Out?
What is the collective noun for migrants? Horde will not do it seems; swarm, bunch, multitude, gang, flock, there are plenty of words but then there is an army of people who will take offence whatever you say.
The problem is that they are all individuals with the same hopes, fears and desires as you and I. [Read more…] about Migrant Crisis: What’s Your View?
Thanks to Peter Child’s recent email to Eastleigh Borough Council, Chandler’s Ford residents now have an answer as to why the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan exhibitions exclude Chandler’s ford.
Tracy Haskett, Planning Officer of Eastleigh Borough Council, encouraged Chandler’s Ford residents who are interested in Eastleigh Borough Local Plan (2011-2036) to attend the next nearest event in Allbrook Hill on Saturday 23 January, 10am until 4pm. [Read more…] about Eastleigh Borough Council Explains Why Local Plan Exhibitions Exclude Chandler’s Ford
Message from Steve Brine MP
Eastleigh Borough Council Local Plan is a saga that has dragged on for many years while neighbouring local authorities (including Winchester in the other part of my constituency) have theirs signed off.
Now, the council is finally running its “Issues and Options” consultation – until 17th February – which will eventually lead to a plan that maps out future development right across the Borough. [Read more…] about Steve Brine MP: Call for Future Local Plan Exhibitions to Include Chandler’s Ford
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Eastleigh for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Eastleigh Borough Council.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 39 councillors in future: five fewer than the current arrangements. [Read more…] about Have Your Say on New Ward Boundaries for Eastleigh
Judith Grajewski (Conservative) is the newly elected Hampshire County Councillor.
The by election on 22nd October 2015 was sparked by the resignation of Colin Davidovitz, a long-serving Conservative county councillor. [Read more…] about Judith Grajewski (Conservative) Elected Hampshire County Councillor
Yesterday afternoon my son and I were caught up in Parliament Square in London.
We took the train to London, first to attend a Traidcraft event being held at Amnesty International near Liverpool Street station, afterwards we decided to tour around London for a bit, like tourists. [Read more…] about “Refugees Welcome Here” Rally at Parliament Square
Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has vowed to fight for better transport infrastructure and health services in the constituency during her maiden speech to Parliament.
Mims, who made the address on her 40th birthday on the 2nd of June, said she would also work hard to ensure less traffic pollution.
“Eastleigh is very close to the M3 and the M27, which puts pressure on our community, with pollution and other pressures,” she told MPs. [Read more…] about Mims Davies MP Makes Maiden Speech in Parliament
Let’s look at a few polling stations in Chandler’s Ford.
If you have got pictures of local polling stations (not your selfies inside the polling station please), please send them to Chandler’s Ford Today to share. [Read more…] about Polling Stations in Chandler’s Ford: General Election 2015
General Election 2015: Thursday 7th May 2015.
Remember to vote.
You don’t need your polling card to vote.
Polls are open from 7am to 10pm.
Even if you have lost or forgotten your polling card, you can still vote, according to the Electoral Commission. [Read more…] about Remember to Vote – Thursday 7th May 2015
Update of GE2015 result: Winchester Constituency
Winchester and Chandler’s Ford MP: Steve Brine (Conservative)
Member of Parliament for Winchester result: BRINE Steve Conservative 30,425 received – [hold] #GE2015
— Winchester CC (@WinchesterCity) May 8, 2015
Chandler’s Ford hustings will be taking place this evening – 22nd April 2015 (Wednesday) at the Methodist Church. It’s time we focussed and did some good reading about the 2015 election.
I recommend Democratic Dashboard.
Democratic Dashboard is a project established by the Democratic Audit, based in the London School of Economics. [Read more…] about Democratic Dashboard: Helping You Access Data for Election