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Scout Community Week 14th – 20th May

This week is Scout Community Week which is a UK-wide fundraising initiative to help Scouts do one thing to have an impact on their community. Over 2,500 Scout Groups are taking part all over the country, in a week of community action aimed at improving their local area and raising funds for their group.

Tobias's great idea to mark HM Queen's Diamond Jubilee

As we celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year it seems only fitting to recognise Her Majesty’s dedication to a life of public service in an appropriate manner, I have therefore suggested that the tower at the east end of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben is named the Elizabeth Tower.

Tobias's great idea to mark HM Queen's Diamond Jubilee

As we celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year it seems only fitting to recognise Her Majesty’s dedication to a life of public service in an appropriate manner, I have therefore suggested that the tower at the east end of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben is named the Elizabeth Tower.

Trams - to return to Bournemouth?

Bournemouth's biggest industry is tourism and we do it well. As a seaside town we are one of the most popular in the country, but choices of destination (both domestically and abroad) continue to grow and we must therefore constantly look for new and imaginative ways of retaining and developing Bournemouth's attributes. This includes a long-term

Wind Turbines

Today Britain has about 3,500 wind turbines and the speed in which they are being built means by 2020 there will be over 10,000 of which 4,300 will be based off shore. On a windy day (but not too windy as the machines don’t then work) they will collectively contribute around 30% of our energy needs. (source) 

Daylight Saving Bill hampered by the Commons' own Flat Earth Society.

Since the eighties it has become a Parliamentary ritual for the House to debate the proposal of permanently moving the clocks forward by one hour, only to see each attempt scuppered by archaic rules which allow individual members, intent on speaking until the proverbial cows come home, to talk the Bill out. In this Parliament things appear different.  See the debate here.

2011 – A Watershed Year

Perhaps we are too close to events to appreciate it, but historians may single out 2011 as exceptional, not just for the dramatic events that took place but for the enduring consequences that may result. RA Butler commented that politics is the art of the possible.  2011 saw that unravelling 13 locust years of New Labour would test the limits, both of what Government felt it could do, and of what the people would accept.

The oldest village in Bournemouth tries to re-establish its roots

I write to add my support for Holdenhurst Village to gain Parish Committee status. The village has a number of characteristics which distinguishes it from other areas in the Unitary Authority. This close knit community has a natural geographic footprint and amenities consistent with any village in England which already has Parish status. It is also set apart from much of the conurbation of Bournemouth and is only accessible by a single road.

Libya – A mistake to kill Gaddafi?

The brutal and very public manner of Gaddafi’s demise has divided opinion in Libya and the West. Should his illegal execution be dismissed as an impulsive act brought about following years of pent up anger, a moment most Libyans thought they would never see? Or perhaps a shrewd, pre-determined calculation that to avoid a lengthy and very public trial (aka Saddam Hussain) Gaddifi must not live?

Debate on a Referendum on Europe

Debates on Europe and the EU are a regular feature in the Parliamentary calendar and rarely get reported beyond the Westminster bubble. Last night’s debate was different as is specifically called for a referendum and prompted the press and public to engage as well.